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Sore hand after 30 min ?(16 posts)

Sore hand after 30 min ?Frankl
Jun 11, 2001 2:36 PM
I am fairly new to road riding. i just switched over from mtb. i am experiencing sore hand after about 30 min of ride on my road rides when my hands are on the shifter. i am using '01 shimano Ultegra STI. i am 6'1", 165lb and riding a 58cm frame. i used to be too stretched out on the bike and now i got a shorter stem with the same rise. i feel my position is a little low (comparing to mtb?!) but pretty comfortable, my arms are relaxed. but the sore hand just won't go away. i am wondering how can i fix this problem? gel groove? switch hand position? more stem rise?
thanks a lot!
change hands...KY
Jun 11, 2001 2:46 PM
or use a lubricant
Was that really necessary?(nm)Len J
Jun 11, 2001 2:51 PM
Absolutely!Wailer
Jun 12, 2001 1:02 AM
Wish I'd of seen the post first and laid (ahem) that one out there.

This board needs a little spark, a little humor, a little irreverence. God knows that the stupid people need their brains slap started once in a while. Not everyone is PC with a preference to beat around the bush, some like to hone the edge and come right out and say what others are thinking. Not everyone is a sheep, Lenny. We need people who will bit~h slap the prozac swilling masses with a dose of reality. Sledge hammer the little cocoons they build they isolate themselves from the real world in. Think for yourself, don't do what you're told, rage against the machine!

A little irreverence bothers you? Well, cycling is not a static, sterile, clean little sport. It's got all the elements of high drama and human tragedy. Muscles pumping fire, sweat and pain, spilled blood, attacking, bumping, cutting, blocking, becoming one with your inner reptile and primal thoughts of beating your opponents both real and imagined. If you want dull, drab and boring, stay home, sit on your hands, and stare at your wife. This is your life Len and it's ending one minute at a time. You can't get out of life alive, so try to enjoy show. I'm rooting for you!

Oh, by the way Len, the next time you're downloading the graphic adult content on my website, please do me the small favor of clicking on an ad or two so I can get my three cents, ya' tightwad.
At the risk of rising to the flame bait...Len J
Jun 12, 2001 6:12 AM
I disagree with you. I enjoy levity as much or more than most. But I think that there are times when it is selfish. In this case, someone with little experience, had a problem that was serious enough that he came to the board for help. The first response he gets is a slam. If KY had started his message this way and then completed it with some helpful information, my reaction would have been different. His response was clever, but ultimatly the impression he left was that the poster wasn't worth him helping. It's not the irreverance that bothers me, it's the lack of help.

It is obvious Wailer that you have evolved to the point that it is your mission in life to break people out of the caccoons they use to isolate themselves from the real world. A Noble mission. I just happen to believe that sometimes people want real help, and sometimes its hard to ask for it. Slamming people for asking for help is not a way to encourage it.

My two cents, just as valuable as yours.
Very valuableWailer
Jun 12, 2001 8:42 AM
Dang you Len and your steady ways, you got me with that. I've made it a point to not be harsh on the cyclists asking honest questions and I will aid those who need the help, but I will still speak my mind to those who offer false help (ala head shake) and those situations where the post, question, or answer is pathetic (ala bummed with Excel). I will be irreverent and I may alienate and prevent my views in a harsh bright light, but we should all fight mediocrity of our minds and our actions.
& I'll try to lighten up. (NM)Len J
Jun 12, 2001 8:59 AM
A pale attemptWailer
Jun 12, 2001 9:01 AM
I might be anyone, I might be you. My name is legion. Our culture has made us all the same. No one is truly white or black or rich, anymore. We all want the same. Individually we are nothing. Offensive? Yes. Homophobic? Yes. Hetrophobic? Yes. Helpful? Yes. Name? Yes. MJ? Yes. Steve? Yes. Question? Yes. Genius? Yes. Mediocrity? No.

So the question is - is your real name MJ? Just kidding indeed.
Need more Info....Len J
Jun 11, 2001 2:50 PM
When you are riding, does it feel like the weight of your torso is on your hands or not?

How often do you change hand positions?

Where exactly does it hurt?

What kind of road surface are you riding on?

How far below you seat height are your bars?

Do you wear riding gloves?

Not enough info to give help.
Let us know.
Could be too highmr_spin
Jun 11, 2001 2:52 PM
You say you are too low, but I doubt it. Your mountain bike position should be lower than your road bike position. Maybe you are too high. That would cause a tendency to lean forward, putting more weight on your arms and hands.
re: Sore hand after 30 min ?johnrg
Jun 11, 2001 2:59 PM
You will need to try and change hand positions frequently and try not to put too much weight on them over bumps, potholes. Eventually your hands should become accustomed to the bars and position. A little padding helps. Some rubber strips under the tape or doubling up the tape in areas.
All you Need is Love.nmblue bayou
Jun 11, 2001 10:40 PM
All you Need is Love.nmblue bayou
Jun 11, 2001 10:42 PM
BTW, extend by switching( not with a branch ) hands or reducing duration via personal lubricant. Good on you.
Cheap. Knew It was Coming. nmblue bayou
Jun 11, 2001 10:44 PM
just one of those thingsfreespirit
Jun 12, 2001 6:31 AM
Hands, too, need to become accustomed to the riding position. Best thing you can do is vary the position frequently while on the bike. Use the tops and drops, too.

Hang in there, it will get better.
mountain biking to road bikingBreck
Jun 12, 2001 10:49 AM
i made this switch and found out that even though my MTB had no suspension, the road bike ride is harsher. on the mountain bike you are used to the bar grips and your hands spread out some, fatter lower air pressured tires. on the road bike if you ride on the hoods or drops for too long a time you will get what you describe. need to ride on the bars some as you are more used to. gel gloves and a not-so-stiff front wheel helps too. will be glad to answer any more specific questions as to the diff in the rides, etc. after about a hundred hours or so on the road these problems diminish. your neck should be sore too!

cheers