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New road rider...OUCH!, my palms hurt!(8 posts)

New road rider...OUCH!, my palms hurt!Mauceri
Jul 17, 2002 4:36 PM
I just received my new SEVEN Axiom steel bike with Campy Centaur and MAVIC Elites. I LOVE IT. About 5 miles into the ride (I am a straight up newbie), my palms started killing me. I adjusted my grip and kept going...then the started to hurt again.

I am wearing this common for NEW road riders? I am hoping and assuming that my hands will get used to this.

a few thoughtsScot_Gore
Jul 17, 2002 5:03 PM
Worst case to best:

1) Your bike is too big for you, you need a shorter top tube

2) Your seat is adjusted down slightly and you're carrying much of your weight on your hands holding yourself on the saddle.

3) You are new to riding and what you describe as "killing me" others call the "break in period".

Provide more information. What hand position did you start in, what hand position did you change to, does 5 miles mean around 20 minutes on the bike, kind of pain "shooting pains" "throbbing pain" etc, does it persist off the bike.


re: New road rider...OUCH!, my palms hurt!zray61
Jul 17, 2002 8:54 PM
Pain is not part of the deal.
What are the bike's measurements and what are yours?
Saddle height - the measurement from the center of the peddle spindle to the top of the saddle - how did you arrive at your saddle height? Try lowering it a half inch, see if that alleviates the pain. Also saddle should be flat use a level if possible.
Finally, get as much help from this board as possible.
re: New road rider...OUCH!, my palms hurt!pina
Jul 17, 2002 8:55 PM
Scott asked all the right questions IMHO.
re: New road rider...OUCH!, my palms hurt!zray61
Jul 17, 2002 9:00 PM
Also, Mauceri, post in the AM there are more people up and about.
some suggestionstarwheel
Jul 18, 2002 4:08 AM
Since you bought a Seven, I am assuming they did a custom fit and the frame is the right size. Without seeing you or you bike, my guess would be that the handlebar is positioned too low in relation to the saddle. In other words, there is a large drop between the saddle and handlebar. Most bikes sold these days are set up that way, unlike the old days when the default position was to have the handlebar about the same height as the saddle or slightly lower (1" or so). Riding with low bars, or in an aggressive position, is more aerodynamic but also places more pressure on your hands -- unless you are very flexible and have strong stomach/back muscles. Since your saddle height should be a fairly fixed position, your only option for raising the handlebar is to raise the stem (if it's threaded) or flip the stem or buy a new riser stem (if it's threadless). Also, if it's a threadless setup, you may be able to insert more spacers below the stem to raise it some. Another factor that could be involved is if your saddle is position too far back or with the nose tilted down. You should start out positioning the saddle so your knee is perpendicular to the pedal axle, with the top of the saddle level (use a bubble level to check it).
re: New road rider...OUCH!, my palms hurt!pa rider
Jul 18, 2002 5:03 AM
Hey Mauceri check your fit. Like everyone said check the seat height and for/aft position. Use a level on the seat to have it level or a hair up in the front with the bubble.

Check your reach. I done a fit kit and used my own judgement to get a longer stem than stated on the fit. I used the same fit bike as you did at your seven dealer. I demo a seven axiom and saw their fit bike was the same as I used for my fit kit (serotta fit bike). My fit kit said toptube length 660, but I went with 680. I like short room, so my hub was dead on the handlebar or ahead of your hub when you look down.

I've riding road for 10 years and found what I like for my reach. I just changed the toptube length on my current bike by getting a short stem to put me at 680 toptube length.

I was told to have 3" drop from nose of saddle to top of the handlebar. I went with 2" instead. They like to drop you alot on those fit to make the headtube length easier on the builder. Your handlebar height could be too low.

All three of these points may make you put more pressure on your hands because your leaning down on the bar (handle bar height, toptube length, and seat position).

Hope this helps,

New road rider with a SEVEN?!ColnagoFE
Jul 18, 2002 6:15 AM
You lucky I wish I had a bike that nice starting off.