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7/7/09 10:18 P

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Also remember the change your hand position regularly and use your core to hold you up on the bike. That will alleviate the pressure on your hands.

I also have carpel tunnel and have been seeing a chiropractor who showed me that part of the problem was with my spine: pinched nerves in addition to my wrists. The adjustments have done wonders for improving my carpel tunnel. I am doing everything I can to NOT have surgery.


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7/3/09 10:41 P

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A fitter should be able to advise you about seat position, and if there is a need for a different stem. WONGERCHI is right--set up an appointment with a fitter first!

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7/3/09 4:23 P

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JILLFRED:
Be aware that changing your stem/bars is only valid if your SADDLE is in the right position. So first you have to make sure that your saddle is the right height, not too far forward or back, the right angle and tilt...

There are a number of rules of thumb out there to get saddle height and fore-aft right, but I'd recommend a fitter first. Once the saddle is right, then you can tinker with the front end. On a side note, a longer stem may put more pressure on your hands but I can't see your position so I don't know...

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7/3/09 10:33 A

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I appreciate your answers about the bike not fitting correctly. I didnt realize that I could get a longer stem for the handlebars, who knew?
I'll check with my local bike dealer. THANKS!

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6/30/09 2:13 P

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JILLFRED13:
You have a BIKE FIT problem, and one that really shouldn't be solved by using aerobars. DRC and HEY have covered what I would have said in a way much better than I would have said it, thanks guys.

I had a numb hand problem too. Mine was because my handlebars were too low, I got a stem with a slightly steeper rise and moved my shift/brake levers a touch and it was cured. It's all in the bike fit - a proper fit should leave you with no numbness, no soreness anywhere.

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6/30/09 11:04 A

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You really shouldn't use aerobars near traffic (where you might need to make sudden moves to avoid things), in groups, on hills (where you need to make changes to speed--shifters or brakes), or on curvy roads. Aeros serve you best on long flat stretches into the wind.

In addition, aeros still hold your hands in a single position. I would think changing your hand position frequently would serve you better than aerobars.

Edited by: DRC2205 at: 6/30/2009 (11:04)
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6/29/09 4:55 P

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Jill,

I don't know where you ride but unless you have long stretches where you are comfortable with your hands being relatively far away from your brakes/shifters, aerobars will be be hard to use.

It also takes a fair amount of practice (and the right place to ride) to get used to both the aerobar position and the "twitchy" feeling that steering in that position produces. You've only got two months to go.

As an alternative, you could consider an adjustable stem to help put you in a more upright (albeit less aerodynamic) position which should take some of the pressure off of your hands. While you won't be able to go as fast, it might be more comfortable.

Here is a link to an example of an adjustable stem:

www.bikeparts.com/search_results.asp
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D=BPC107351


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6/29/09 8:55 A

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Thanks! I appreciate all the comments!

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6/29/09 8:08 A

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I'll chime in here .... I still think you need to tweak the fit of your bike. I have had the surgery before and on my old bike I had no pain at all. However, it took about 4 separate fittings with 300 -500 miles in between each fitting to make sure I was comfortable with the adjustments.

Currently on my new carbon bike I'm still dialing in on the measurement. I usually do not get the pain until about an hour in on the ride and I have a full carbon bike. So just getting a carbon bike is not going to eliminate the pain. You still nedd to be properly fit!!!!!

Now what I'm expeincing with my aero bars is that I'm fine with the left arm but right arm of which I had the surgery on gives me pins and needles. I'm now trying to see what position I need to have the arm and hand to eliminate the feeling.

I know they have anti-vibration end caps for the handle bars now for you to try as well. They are made by Bontrager. I have not used them personally and I have not asked any one else if they are using them to see how effective they are.

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6/28/09 10:15 P

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I only have problems with numbness in my right hand so I can continue on using only my left. I have ergonomic handles which make a huge difference. Good luck with your surgery.

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6/28/09 9:21 P

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i would think that the aerobars would help because most of the wt would be on your forearms.

if you can switch to a carbon fiber bike that would take a lot of the vibration out of the ride. even carbon fiber fork/handlebars. plus its a good reason to get a new bike or parts : )



Edited by: MAGELLAN1 at: 6/29/2009 (07:11)


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6/28/09 7:35 P

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I, too, have numb hands while riding which starts after about 10 minutes. I will be interested to hear what others have to say.

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6/28/09 7:22 P

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I have carpel tunnel in both hands. (I'm getting surgery to correct the worst one in about 2 months)
I have regular handle bars and my hands go numb after about 10 mins in. I want to continue to ride up until my surgery. I'm thinking the aero bars would help because there isnt the constant pressure on my hands/wrists. Has anyone else had this problem? I would appreciate any and all suggestions!

also..I do use my wrist braces when I ride, it helps but not much. THANKS!



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