First ride and hands are killing

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First ride and hands are killing

Postby jimmyboyb » Tue Dec 04, 2012 20:20 pm

Ive been a mountain bike rider for a while and just gone out for a new ride on my brand new road bike.

So first of all its brutal! Every single bump and hole really jars.

The main thing that got me was my hands hurting... now I know I will get used to this but a question please

When you have hold the bars on top of the levers do you rest on the fleshy bit under your thumb or on the other side of the hand under the little finger? Hope that makes sense?

Also do you put your weight down on your arms or try and hold yourself up using your back?

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby pauldavid » Tue Dec 04, 2012 20:33 pm

Pop some mtb bars on it, should be really comfy then

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby CarlosDSanchez » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:12 pm

Both, I move my hands about quite a bit while I ride so they don't hurt to much. I have found using gel strips under the bar tape or even double wrapping the bar tape helps with comfort, especially if you're coming from flat bars as the drop bars will feel really small. Gloves with gel pads help with comfort as well, make sure you get road specific ones, I think that the pads are in a different place on mountain bike ones.
- Also check the position of your brake levers, if they are to low or to high on the bars they will put extra strain on your hands and wrists.
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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby elderone » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:13 pm

Dont have a full answer for you,but in my personal experiance I don,t use the hoods at any time.I hold the bars where i feel comfy in any given situation.There is no hard and fast rules so just try what feels best at the time.
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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby aleslie22 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:14 pm

For me the hoods rest on a line that starts between the thumb and forefinger and finishes just up from the bony bit at the bottom of the pinky side of your hand.

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby jimmyboyb » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:15 pm

thanks...

so a bit of trial and error and toughen up.

will get some road gloves too.

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby CiB » Wed Dec 05, 2012 08:17 am

Normal hand position is on the hoods with the thumbs on the inside and the other fingers on the outside either pointing down or covering the brakes.

Weight should be mainly on the backside with arms providing some support, not much. If you're putting a lot of weight through your amrs your wrists will start to ache quite quickly.

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby oxoman » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:22 am

As CiB mention's it sounds like to much pressure going onto handlebars, this could be down to length / angle of the stem. I played about with mine for a while with a couple of different length /angled stems off ebay till i got the fit i wanted. Might be worth looking at a bike fit if serious enough about riding. Hoods is my favourite position occasionally pull across the top when on a hard climb and only go on the drops when hammering it downhill. Have put gel pads under my tape and double wrapped as well. Decent gloves help as well.
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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby zx6man » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:27 am

I had this going from MTB to road bike, but after a few outings it did ease up. I do still get it though for a brief bit if I have used the MTB for a few weeks then jump on the road bike.

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby Crawlinguphills » Wed Dec 05, 2012 13:59 pm

jimmyboyb wrote:Ive been a mountain bike rider for a while and just gone out for a new ride on my brand new road bike.

So first of all its brutal! Every single bump and hole really jars.

The main thing that got me was my hands hurting... now I know I will get used to this but a question please

When you have hold the bars on top of the levers do you rest on the fleshy bit under your thumb or on the other side of the hand under the little finger? Hope that makes sense?

Also do you put your weight down on your arms or try and hold yourself up using your back?


This was my biggest problem going from a mtb to a road bike. Get some gel gloves, but when riding find three positions that your are comfortable in and rotate them. ALOT. it does help trying to hold the weight off your arms more, but do it enough and your arms/hands toughen up.

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby Pituophis » Wed Dec 05, 2012 14:01 pm

Switching from mountain biking to road cycling recently, I bought a second hand bike, and didn't give enough thought to the correct sizing - I could throw my leg over the frame easy enough, and it was cheap! :oops:

The trouble was it really made my hands ache, and by the end of every ride I had pins and needles :(
When I weighed it up properly, the frame was too big for me, so as a quick fix I bought a shorter stem and a straight seat post (the original had a 20mm offset) this seemed to do the trick immediately. I think I was over stretching, and putting too much weight on my hands.

Not saying that's your particular problem, but it may help someone :wink:

(Oh, and being a tart, I've since replaced pretty much the whole bike! Expensive this cycling lark isn't it? :roll: )

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Re: First ride and hands are killing

Postby iPete » Wed Dec 05, 2012 14:38 pm

Lots of trial and error or go and get a bike fit, if not already, your bike could be setup in a way that is putting too much weight through your arms.

I ride an aggressive frame and have had to take a few measures to dampen out the issues; fitted Cinelli AVS gel pads, changed the bars, added a shorter stem and flipped it. Better forks, wheels and tyres might be next.. or a new frame..


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