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Help! My hands hurt!(8 posts)

Help! My hands hurt!Caetie
Jul 23, 2002 3:42 PM
I just bought a new bike a few weeks ago, and am just starting to get into road riding. I have been riding a couple times (for about 45 mins to an hour) and am experiencing some discomfort/pain in that saddle of skin between my thumb and forefinger when my hands are perched up near the shifters (not on the tops, not in the drops, sorry if i don't know the lingo for the third basic hand position). The pain and tenderness lasts for about 10 minutes after I'm done riding, but then goes away.

Is this normal and/or something that will adjust and fade with the more time i spend on my bike? or is it something with the fit or my riding position?

any thoughts appreciated--
If you don't stop that you'll go blind.Ahimsa
Jul 23, 2002 4:35 PM
Just kidding.

You shouldn't worry. The way you describe it sounds normal for a new rider. If it persists after a year, worsens or leads to numbness, then check your fit and position.


Basic tipsSantaCruz
Jul 23, 2002 4:54 PM
1. Change your hand positions regularly to attempt to avoid sore spots
2. Wear decent gloves
3. Practice holding the handlebars lightly (but not so lightly that your hands come off over rough spots in the road)
4. Bend your elbows rather than locking your arms in a straight position (less pressure on hands)
5. Practice holding your upper body's forward position with abdominal muscles rather than forcing the hands/arms to support the upper body weight
6. On longer rides, shake one hand at a time to keep them limber
7. Strengthen hands by squeezing a soft rubber ball
re: Help! My hands hurt!steve22
Jul 23, 2002 6:34 PM
I think you are refering to "riding in the hoods". You'll get used to it. If you don't already have a good pair of padded gloves, they'll help the discomfort now and if you ever fall.
re: Help! My hands hurt!pa rider
Jul 24, 2002 6:13 AM
Just helping your post Steve22.

You can buy any specialize gloves or trek gels gloves that have the padding for the discomfort in that area of your hand. I had the problem MTB and the trek gloves helped alot (I'm having a hard time adjusting to disc brakes and grip too hard).

Fit, gloves, and techniqueDrPete
Jul 24, 2002 10:07 AM
I agree that this is probably a new-rider problem, but there may be other things involved. First, I echo the idea that your arms should be bent at about 60-70 degress while you ride, and you should be able to apply just light pressure on your hands. If you can't do that (especially bending at the elbow), you probably have too long or too low a stem. I had a similar problem because my bars were way low, which caused a lot of hand, elbow, and upper back pain. A good fit will help A LOT. Check out Colorado Cyclist's fit guide, or have a trained fit specialist fit your bike for you. I went to Fit Werx in Waitsfield, VT to have mine done. Best money I ever spent on my bike.

Welcome, and good luck!
Speaking of good gloves.....gerwerken
Jul 24, 2002 11:16 AM
Does anyone know of good padded gloves for REALLY small hands (I fit into the trek little girls gloves with the pink butterflys on them).
Speaking of good gloves.....DrPete
Jul 24, 2002 11:32 AM
Pearl Izumi's Gel Lite gloves come in all kinds of sizes, and none of them have flowers on them. :)