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Newbie help(2 posts)

Newbie helprubendc19
Jul 21, 2003 6:17 AM
I recently purchased my 1st road bike, and I have been playing with and the adjusting seat and the handlebar, but it I can't seem to get rid of the discomfort on my hands when they're on the top of the handlebar, (don't know the name it, it's where the brake is, i hope you guys know what i'm talking about), anyway any suggestions would be helpfull, I don't wear any gloves should I?
Make sure the saddle is level, or even tilted back slightly.MXL02
Jul 21, 2003 7:35 AM
It is common for new riders to tilt the nose of the saddle down a little, believing it to make it easier to get into the roadie crouch, but what this actually does is put more weight on your hands, and causes numbness and pain. You need to put most of your weight back on the saddle-on your sit bones, and have very little weight on your hands...you also need to move your hands constantly. Gloves really are not helpful, except to protect your hands in a fall.
Additionally, as a newbie, your trunk muscles are perhaps not as developed as they need to be, so when you get into the crouch, your weight shifts too much on your hands...as you get into better shape, this too will improve.