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Newbie hand pain (no numbness)(4 posts)

Newbie hand pain (no numbness)lemmy999
Aug 19, 2003 9:13 AM
I have ridden about 40 miles and I mostly had my hands on the hoods such that the area between the thumb and forefinger was on the middle/rear part of the hood.
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/sfrank357/UltegraSTI.jpg
During the ride I developed some pain in the padded part of the hand that is directly below the thumb.
The area circled with the blue line in this picture:
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/sfrank357/hand.JPG

It is 2 days later and it is still a little tender to the touch. I am having no problems with numbness though. Is this just something I will get used to? I can't tell if it is pain from the muscle in there or in the joint.
see my post belowdivve
Aug 19, 2003 9:29 AM
divve "Newbie - Proper hand position on hoods?" 8/19/03 10:23am
re: Newbie hand pain (no numbness)Spoiler
Aug 19, 2003 11:51 AM
I think it's something that will disappear after you've been riding regularly. When I take a month or so off, my hands always get somewhat sore. In the meantime, try to make a conscious effort to switch hand positions every five minutes, rotating between the drops, hoods, and top of the bars.

I bought an expensive pair of Assos riding gloves. Big mistake. They actually had TOO much padding. They made my hands ache when other gloves didn't. The padding was so bulky, my hands fatigued trying to wrap my hands around the bars. I felt like I had to grip harder to make up the padding that caused a loose grip.

There's also the chance that you're simply gripping the bars too tight. On a small piece of paper, write "RELAX". Tape the paper to your stem as a reminder. When I ride with my hands on the top flat part of the bars, I don't even wrap my thumbs under the bars. I just rest my whole hand on top.

Finally, when you start out riding, your legs and abs aren't really strong. You feel like you have to grip hard to get leverage when pushing down on the pedals. Use an easier gear, concentrate on spinning easy with the feet, and relaxing the upper body.
Thanks for the suggestions (nm)lemmy999
Aug 19, 2003 4:54 PM