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Best grip?(5 posts)

Best grip?Anixi
Jul 25, 2002 10:07 AM
Biking friends and I have an argument over how to hold
the bars correctly. To avoid CTS and hand (esp. palm) pain
my friend Jubba says to only hold the bars with the fingers,
not allowing ANY of the palm to even touch the bars. He
says that the fingers should be strong enough to hold the
bars (esp. "ergo" type) even going down Mt. Hamilton Rd.

He also says that to allow the palms to rest on the bars will
cause nerve damage.

Others say that you should build up padding on the bars,
extra layer of cork tape, etc. I don't know what to do to
keep my hands from getting destroyed on those 60 milers.

Let me know how you hold the bars, especially on rides
over 30 miles, to avoid problems with hand pain/cramps.
Thanks!
re: Best grip?gs6769
Jul 25, 2002 10:25 AM
Hmmm. I've never experienced any hand pain to speak of no matter how many miles I've gone, palms or elsewhere. I know it's different for everyone, but I think there are a few general suggestions one could follow;

Distribute your weight correctly. I find that 60/40 to 70/30 saddle/bars works for me most of the time. I also try to shift around a bit, see next suggestion.

Change hand positions frequently. Drops, hoods, tops etc. No matter what you'll get stiff if you stay in one position too long

Wear decent gloves. I tend to like a thinner pad than most, but who knows? try a few.

It seems to me that any recurring pain other than general muscle soreness could indicate poor technique or bike fit. That said, I think any physical activity of a sustained nature is going to wear on the body somehow. Learn what you can, make good decisions and all should be well.
re: Best grip?Anixi
Jul 25, 2002 12:53 PM
Thanks for the input.
Do you have any regard whatever for how you grip the bars?
That's really my question--some have tougher hands than
others, but what is the *right* way to grip?
re: Best grip?gs6769
Jul 25, 2002 2:38 PM
I think Fez makes a good point. Generally keep your grip loose and easy and you should be on your way.

I also agree that a good pair of gloves will be helpful as well.

Do some experimenting while you ride with different grips and techniques and you'll no doubt find what works best for you.
My understanding was to keep the fingers looseFez
Jul 25, 2002 1:15 PM
By keeping fingers loose, you wouldn't put a death grip on the bars and then get arm fatigue and soreness.

So if you grip the bars with your fingers exclusively, I would think you'd get real sore.

Flame away, but I think a good pair of gloves do more than padding up the bars with tape.

Unless you are one of those who don't wear gloves