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Hands hurt when I ride(9 posts)

Hands hurt when I rideWil
Aug 15, 2001 9:03 AM
When I ride past five miles my hands hurt pretty bad between the thumb and index finger. I don't use the dropouts when I ride. Is my bike sized wrong or do I need to get some good gloves. Any suggestions for gloves?
My Hands! My Hands! I'll Never Play The Violin Again!Greg Taylor
Aug 15, 2001 10:31 AM
If I may assume that you are fairly new to road riding, one of our dirty little roadie secrets is that hand pain is often part of the "seasoning" process of becoming a rider. It usually means that you are putting a lot of weight on your arms and shoulders. As you get more miles, you will stop supporting your carcass on your hands and the pain generally goes away.

Gloves don't help either. Riding "no hands" everywhere is one alternative.
My Hands! My Hands! I'll Never Play The Violin Again!Wil
Aug 15, 2001 11:04 AM
Thanks. I'll just keep riding then. Later!
A couple of solutions:alex the engineer
Aug 15, 2001 11:12 AM
Try lowering the pressure in your front tire. I don't think there is any reason for front tire pressures to ever be more than about 100 psi. Also, try double-thick padded bar tape.
Another idea (and please, hold the flames) is to switch to tubulars. They ride much better, and give us older riders less abuse to our hands and buttock$.
re: Hands hurt when I rideTig
Aug 15, 2001 11:24 AM
I forgot the name of the nerve that gets pinched in this area, but this is a common problem with some cyclists.

Some gloves work better than others, but no one glove works for everyone. I've had dozens of different gloves over the years, and my favorite are the ones I got this year made by Pearl Izumi. The Gel Lite gloves cost a little more than some, but the construction and padding are worth it. Try some on at a bike shop and compare with others and you'll likely buy them.

You may want to look at where the brake hoods are positioned on your bars. Too low/forward or too high/back, or even too toed in or out can cause extra hand pain. Vibrations from cheaper forks can cauce discomfort too.

When your hands start to get numb or feel painful, change positions on the bars to the top. Once there do the "butterfly fingers" exercise: With your palms resting on the top bar, release your fingers enough to flutter them like playing a piano. If you don't feel comfortable with doing both hands, do one at a time. It sounds silly, but I learned it from a former racing great, Rebecca Twigg and it can help.
How is your saddle adjusted?Dave Hickey
Aug 15, 2001 12:03 PM
Try tilting the front of your saddle up. If your saddle tilts up in the front, it shifts your body weight off your arms and hands.
Thanks for the suggestions, friendsWil
Aug 15, 2001 1:14 PM
One more suggestion while I'm at itwes
Aug 15, 2001 7:20 PM
Brake hoods! If you are willing to shell out some cash for this, you might want to try new brake hoods. If you look at posts (Campy lovers vs. Shimano) you'll find that each group is pretty dedicated to the brand for a number of reasons. Comfort is usually one of them. Campy and Shimano make the hoods different shapes, so if you have the cash to burn, this could be a solution.

About the gloves: I was a gloved rider for a long time. Then one day after a mountain time trial (bad day in my life) I left one glove in the team car and in my light-headed fatigue forgot to take the other one off. It was that day, coming down a mountain at 50mph, that I realized how much better gloveless was for me. Much better road feel = more confidence. This is just how it works for me. Might be quite the opposite for you.
It's your ULNAR NERVE...get gloves =) (nm)I Love Shimano
Aug 15, 2001 7:50 PM