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Hands hurt in hoods.(11 posts)

Hands hurt in hoods.JasonD8
Dec 15, 2002 6:58 PM
Help! I am new to road biking. Have been riding MTB for years. Absolutely loving road biking but am having problems with sorness beteween the thumb and forefinger when riding in the hoods. Is this normal? Will it gradually go away?
You'll get used to it...jose_Tex_mex
Dec 15, 2002 8:07 PM
Although, not exactly like mtb biking, you will get a resistance built up and not have any problems.

Make sure you buy a good set of gloves (I like Pearl Izumi) and that your shifters are not too low.

It will get better...
Be creativeburdiman
Dec 15, 2002 8:46 PM
Road bars give you many options for hand positioning. As a roadie my occasional mt bike ride always bothers my hands since there just aren't as many positions available on the straight bar....
re: Hands hurt in hoods.wasabekid
Dec 15, 2002 9:10 PM
The soreness maybe indicative of several things:
1) you are putting so much upper body weight on your arms that is then transferred to you hands. What's worse is that, if you're riding with stiff arms, all the road shocks/vibrations are being absorbed thru your hands/arms and eventually shoulders. Your arms should be slightly bent and relaxed while riding.
2) this may also be an indication of improper bikefit.
3) needed more lower back strength that will come in due time with more saddle time.

JMHO and Good Luck...
re: Hands hurt in hoods.Joe Nordic
Dec 16, 2002 4:37 AM
I had the same problem when I started road biking 2
years ago. I bought a taller, shorter stem, raised
up the bars to within one inch of the seat, and closer.
And I now use PI Gel Lite gloves which have helped, too.
not normal...C-40
Dec 16, 2002 5:09 AM
Check the positon of your brake hoods. They should be horizontal or angled up a few degrees. If they slope down, this will create pressure is the crook of your thumb.

You may also have a problem with weak abs and/or back muscles. You should not be placing bery much weight on your hands.

Saddle adjustment also affects weight balance. You may have your saddle too far forward. Moving the saddle back will reduce the amount of weight on the hands.
Shimano hoodsbsdc
Dec 16, 2002 5:22 AM
I'm almost sure it's shimano hoods you are riding. I get the same problem riding in that uncomfortable dip shimano has on it's hoods. I'll be switching to campy soon. Campy hoods have a flatter wider hood that is most people find more comfortable. Maybe you should look into it if the other suggestions don't work.
Yes, YesKristin
Dec 16, 2002 6:40 AM
I bought my first road bike in 2001 and my hands ached badly when riding for the first few weeks. I posted a question about it here too, and received the same advice that you have: bike too short, wrong stem, etc., etc... Any one of these posts may be correct; but before you go off spending cash, give it a few weeks. You most likely need time to adapt to a new position. Your hands aren't used to pressure applied along the thumb and they will likely adapt on their own. Mine did. If it doesn't improve, then have an experienced fitter take a look at your position.

You'll find it on your own soon enough, but when your hands get tired, wrest the heel of your hand on the top of the bars.
Common problemmainframe
Dec 16, 2002 9:06 AM
Ensure to remain relaxed while riding. A light grip is really all that's necessary. I think of relaxation in my hands sufficient to play piano keys as if a keyboard might somehow apprears across my bars. Frequent rotation of hand positions also is key to comfort.
LOL - Relax you say? My weekend ride report... and a note about dreaded "truck suction".Kristin
Dec 16, 2002 10:19 AM
I went for a little spin this weekend and decided to try a new street. (One should never attempt a street on two wheels without first inspecting it on four.) I found myself stranded and fighting chilly headwind for 6 miles of narrow, 50 MPH highway that is appearantly favored by truckers. The sign read Route 56, but I will know it as "The road to hades." With only a narrow, white line to mark my way--obvious paril taunted me from either side. The 4th big rig brushed by, close enough for me to reach out and touch. Soon after, the 6th horn sounded annoyance at my plain-as-day stupidity. I decided it was time to learn some "sand drills". It was sketchy going on 22mm tires, but at least I was safely away from those mega-ton death traps. In a combination of cold and nerves and just being me, I white-knuckled so badly that I pulled a tendon in my collar bone.

I've read posts here that claim a passing truck can create enough suction to pull a rider under. Its all lies. I've been as close to fast moving rigs as anyone would care to be and there was no dreaded suction.
lever positioningtarwheel
Dec 16, 2002 10:28 AM
You might try positioning the levers differently. When my bike shop built up a frame for me a while ago, they moved the levers much lower than I had them before. It was very uncomfortable and hurt in the same spot you mentioned, between thumb and forefinger. After I repositioned my levers and handlebar, the problem went away. You can slide the levers up on the handlebar by lifting the rubber covers and loosening the clamp with an allen wrench. Move up to a higher location and retighten the bolt. Another thing you can do is angle the ends of the handlebar slightly downward, pointing toward the rear axle. This will also raise the height of the levers.