Hand/palm pain

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  • Went through all the pain threads, seems I've got a new one.

    I am experiencing pain in my palms when gripping the handlebars. This occurs everytime I do this, a minute or two after putting weight on the bars. It starts with pain in the palm and leads to my thumbs going numb.

    I ride bullhorn bars (Deda Crononero), wrapped with one layer of cork tape and wear padded gloves.

    My bars are set up horizontally, so with no tilt upwards or downwards. The reach is set up quite short, as my brakes are on the end of the bars, so I ride on the horns mostly. I am going to swap the stem to a longer one soon though. My hands usually rest on the flat part of the horns near the upwards bend, so my fingers can reach the TT levers.

    What am I doing wrong? Is this a HTFU issue? Does the short reach do that?

  • Sounds like a bikefit issue, not sure any quick fixes but it's all to do with your weight being on your wrists/hands more than the saddle+pedals.

    That or you are really gripping the bars, no amount of padding can really help that.

    Or maybe an old injury rearing it's head?

  • get a mate to photograph you as you cycle round a car park or somewhere similar, ride round for a bit so you adopt your normal riding position.

    check how straight and 'locked out' your arms are from the pics, they should have a slight kink at the elbow joint

    sounds like a reach thing is loading pressure on your hands

  • Also is your core strength ok? A stronger core will mean you carry less weight on your hands/wrists.

  • May well be bikefit - I am not really experienced with that.

    I'm not gripping the bars hard, most of the time I don't even fully close my grip around the bar. The only time I really grip hard is when accelerating.

    Old injury: Funny that you would mention that. I had an accident about two years ago involving me not paying attention, a very startled driver who didn't do anything wrong and me flying over the handlebars cleanly onto both hands and face.
    This left me with a contusion in both palms which prevented me from gripping anything bar shaped properly for about 6 months. Had to give up Kendo in that time...
    This is two years past though, I can't imagine it being the issue.

    Edit:
    @wayne: will check that out
    @james: gotta check that out. Are there any methods to determine core strength?

  • Old injury: Funny that you would mention that. I had an accident about two years ago involving me not paying attention, a very startled driver who didn't do anything wrong and me flying over the handlebars cleanly onto both hands and face.
    This left me with a contusion in both palms which prevented me from gripping anything bar shaped properly for about 6 months. Had to give up Kendo in that time...
    This is two years past though, I can't imagine it being the issue.

    I think we have a winner! My shoulder was badly bashed up in an off. Took 10 months to stop feeling like the injury was lingering. When I started going to the gym a year later my shoulder was the first thing to complain in the exact place damaged from the crash and had to build it up slowly.

    How long have you had the bars for? Hit any potholes or gone down rough roads that might aggravate the injury?

  • Google is your friend.

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/besta­bexercises/a/core_test.htm

    Thanks.
    Turns out my core is jelly. Theres some neat strengthening exercises on that site. Will start those.

  • Dude just set the saddle back a bit.

  • Dude just set the saddle back a bit.

    Hm. I actually set the saddle to the front a little a short time ago, since I was sitting too far to the front of the saddle, which caused some pain in the nethers. Going to change that back then.
    Proper bike fit is madness....

  • Dude just set the saddle back a bit.

    worth a try.

  • Setting the saddle back has, well, not made things worse, but not really better either.
    I still keep getting pain in my palms whenever I stay at the horns for too long.
    My plan at the moment is:

    • New saddle (to sort out the pain on the other end)
    • additional brake levers at the "bar" part of the bullhorns
    • longer stem to actually be able to properly use the bar part (stem is 50mm at the moment, which is too short, 80mm will go on)
    • core strength exercises

    I checked out that competitive Bike Fit website and it spat out some numbers. Will look at my bikefit as soon as I have a quiet weekend or so.

  • Can you post a picture of yourself on your bike?

    http://www.lfgss.com/thread15123.html

  • Not sure if trolling... :D

  • Did you tilt the saddle back or just slide it back? Tilting the saddle down so the nose is just highe than the rear takes away a lot of the body weight that would otherwise go through the arms. It can make a huge amount of difference.

  • That sounds interesting.
    If my genitals can stand the abuse, I'll try it.

  • Its fine. I was doing some touring in France last summer and was struggling with hand and wrsit pain and I remembered Ed.s advice. You don't have to tilt it too far back, just get the nose up a touch. And if you can try raising the bars a little too. Both adjustments take a lot of pressure off the hands.

  • Google is your friend.

    http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/besta­bexercises/a/core_test.htm

    I just did that test. I need to exercise.

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Hand/palm pain

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