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women with small hands(15 posts)

women with small handsjennyzue
Sep 18, 2001 6:47 AM
Any suggestions? I just got a new bike, which I love, but I'm having trouble with the Shimano STI hoods and shifters -- my hands hurt! Shimano Ultegra. (My old bike had downtube shifters and brake hoods that felt smaller). Is there anything to be done?
re: women with small handsLC
Sep 18, 2001 8:13 AM
There is really no adjustment, but try mounting the STI's higher up on the bars and also rotate the bars up a little. Just a tiny adjustment can do wonders. This will allow you to reposition your hands to reach better.
re: Is it true what they say..Tylerman
Sep 18, 2001 8:56 AM
about women with small hands? (wink wink)
Yea....Oh Wait! What do they say again? (nm)Kristin
Sep 18, 2001 10:56 AM
The opposite of what they say about women with large hands. nmSpinchick
Sep 18, 2001 10:58 AM
Man I am ducking 'n running from this one!MB1
Sep 18, 2001 11:37 AM
But I do remember what my dad used to say to me, "Son, just because there is snow on the roof doesn't mean there is no fire in the furnace." I've become my father.
Ah. Yes, it is true that women with small hands can NOTKristin
Sep 18, 2001 11:51 AM
palm a basketball!
LOL ;-) nmMB1
Sep 18, 2001 11:53 AM
Yea....Oh Wait! What do they say again? (nm)John Evans
Sep 18, 2001 11:53 AM
They make a slightly smaller mark when they hit you.
Women with small hands have a tighter...Tylerman
Sep 18, 2001 11:58 AM
...line through a turn
re: women with small handssharky
Sep 18, 2001 11:49 AM
Terry makes a bar with a short reach and a small indentation on the inside of the bars where your palm would be when you are in the drops. They might help. Good Luck
Sora shiftersMiklos
Sep 18, 2001 12:20 PM
I have heard that some people with small hands actually prefer the Sora shifters. While they can not be shifted both ways from the drops (shifts to smaller gears are made using your thumbs from the hoods), they have the only adjustable reach to the brake levers in the Shimano road line. This helps riders with small hands since they usally have a hard time reaching the brakes on the other Shimano shifters. A side benefit is that they are very near the weight of Dura-ace.

Sora shiftersRich Clark
Sep 18, 2001 3:23 PM
Yeah, but they're only 8-speed, so she'd have to change her cassette too.

I was going to suggest looking into Terry handlebars -- they have a model designed to shorten the reach to the levers a bit. But I'm not sure from her post that it's reach, per se, that's the issue.

Also look at RicheyKristin
Sep 19, 2001 11:29 AM
Richey makes an ergo handle bar with a much shorter reach too. You can get a look/feel for them at any REI store. Nova's come stock with these bars.
Is it "reach" or "throw?"Rich Clark
Sep 19, 2001 1:30 PM
Is the problem the distance to the lever from the hoods when braking (reach), or is it how far you have to deflect the lever towards the stem when shifting (throw)?

If it's the former, then something like the Terry bars might help. If it's the latter, I'm not sure what I'd do. Go to bar-end shifters, I guess.