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Hand Position(5 posts)

Hand PositionJeff Rage
Jul 12, 2003 9:12 AM
On an ealier post, I was complaining that my hands were hurting while on my first ride. OK, here's a stupid question: where is the "normal" hand position? I assumed it was on the hoods. (I realize that you should change your position every now and then to prevent fatigue.)
Neutral, hand shake positionContinental
Jul 12, 2003 9:35 AM
Most people ride on with their hands on the hoods most of the time. You should vary hand position from hoods to drops to tops occasionally. Don't lock into one position for a long time. It's important that you grip the handlebar with your wrist in a neutral position like a hand shake. Your wrist should not be bent up or down or in or out. The fleshy part of the palms should support you.
re: Hand Positionalmccm
Jul 12, 2003 9:38 AM
My normal hand position is on the hoods. I also ride with my hands on top, usually not gripping the bar but just laying on top. I've only been riding for about a year and it took a few weeks before my hands got used to being on the hoods and stopped hurting. When I began I probably rode 80% on top 15% on hoods and 5% in drops. Now it's probably 75% on hoods 20% on top and 5% in drops.
YupJeff Rage
Jul 12, 2003 9:28 PM
That's why I was asking, my hadnd hurt when omn the hoods. So did my lower back after today's ride.

I still think I may need a shorter stem.
Jul 12, 2003 9:57 PM
You might try rotating the handlebars a little so the hoods are a bit closer to you. This will shorten your reach and possibly put the hoods in a slightly more comfortable position. I'm assuming you have some type of gloves so there is some padding on your hands (that makes a big difference). I don't have expensive gloves but the ones I have do help.

I found that miles on the bike helped me the most. Also, trying different hand positions on the hoods to find the one that is most comfortable. I think someone else mentioned this but I have my palms facing on another (I hold the hood like I'm shaking hands) and that's fairly comfortable.

If you do rotate your handlebars make sure the new position doesn't pull all the slack out of the shift cable housing. My housing between the shift lever and barrel adjuster is a little too short and if I rotate my handlebars too far I can affect steering.