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5/17/07 11:19 A

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My husband and I have only been riding for about a month. He had a lot of tingling and pain in his hand and wrist. He was told it is called handlebar pulsy. There were several suggestions to help ellieviate it. The first one was to wear bike gloves. That has helped a lot. Also, see a Chiropractor. We never used to use a chiropractor until we discovered that he could help our children's ear infections clear up without antibiotics (really, it is amazing - their ears weren't draining because of their necks being out of allignment). Anyways, I digress, if your wrist bones are not alligned it will make the pain worse. Since doing those two things it is almost gone.

 
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5/16/07 5:43 P

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Getting back to the wrist pain question, you may want to consider taking your bike in for a fitting. Make sure the shop you use can put you on a stand and check for correct seat height, correct foot position with your cleats, and correct attitude in relation to your upper body.



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5/12/07 7:40 P

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Hi Mountaineergyrl,

Recently last year while bicycle commuting to work, I hit a bump going around 30 mph. Since then, I get pain sporadically on the bottom side of my left wrist along the ulnar bone which connects to the pinky finger.
The doc said that tendonitis is more common with people over forty. I went to the doctor and got a wrist brace and wore it for a few weeks. You might want to see a doctor (especially if you have insurance). Tendonitis is not something to play around with (emphasis added). I still have to watch the time spent in the down drops and long rides without proper preparation.

Hope this helps, happy trails!

 
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5/7/07 8:50 A

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My bike is still on order until June so I'm still using my sister's loaner, the boardwalk rental cruiser. She bought it at the end of the rental season a couple of years ago, but doesn't feel safe riding it anymore where she lives. She has a basket on the handlebars which I've found to be handy for stowing my junk. However, I guess I'll have to buy a handlebar bag or something when my new bike finally gets here. I know those baskets look real nerdy, but I guess I'm weird, I don't care. I'm thinking about getting some gloves too after reading these posts. I made out last year without any, but I think that's my next purchase (after the bike).
I already have padded shorts and they do help. They just feel weird at first.
Good luck Gail. I'm glad you're asking these questions. . . .they're all what I'd ask too.
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5/7/07 6:38 A

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I don't have a bike yet but I do have a pair of biking shorts...sounds pretty silly hey. Last year at an end of season sale I bought a pair of biking shorts for my dh. Once i got them home I saw that they were woman's medium and not men's. I figured that I just might use then some day so I kept them.

I really would like a pair of gloved, those are next on my list.

Until I get my own bike my kid's bike will have to do.

I went for ice cream yesterday. The girl serving me said that she saw me biking the other day. She said 'you were going some fast'

lol

I thanked her for her kind words. I think for that ride I averaged a BIG 12.2 mph.

gail

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5/6/07 9:06 P

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I think you can totally start off small and work your way out. I would say for a recreational cyclist you could get away with a helmet and gloves. I mean the helmet is mandatory if you get on a bike and the gloves help even on short rides. If your cycling bug gets terminal then I would add shorts and shoes next. I know this sounds funny but you could be putting more weight on the bars subconsciously cause the seat hurts your bum and a good pair of shorts will help with that.

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5/6/07 7:27 A

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that is quite the list. :-)

I am sure if I continue to ride I will be starting a list of my own, and not only that, my husband will more than likely hang out with me so I will have to start a list for him also.

But right now I will do like I did when I started to run, I will start out with nothing and if I see I am going to keep it up I will look into getting more and more of the gear.

I am looking forward to checking out the bikes in the city in a few days.

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5/5/07 7:45 P

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You’re welcome Gail. You’ll find that you can spend a small fortune on cycling gear. As least I sure have! I have spent more on stuff than I have buying my bike. Some of the stuff I have purchased over the last thee years include:
Shorts (five pairs)
Shoes (3 pairs)
Socks (6 pairs of regular socks, 1 pair of wool socks and 2 pair of neoprene socks)
3 jackets
3 short sleeve jerseys
2 sleeveless jerseys
2 long sleeve jerseys
3 jackets
Portable pump
Patch kits
Inner tubes
Gloves (2 full 3 half finger)
Head caps 5 (keep my head warm and also soak up sweat on warm day rides)
CO2 dispersers and CO2 cartridges
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Levers
Bike rack bag
Front and back lights
Bike computer
Helmets
Sun glasses (2 pairs)
Water bottles (@5)
Camelback
Butt butter
Handlebar bag





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5/5/07 8:36 A

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Sounds like I need to go shopping. What happened to the days where there were only canvas sneakers and one speed bikes? Lol I am planning a trip to the city next week to visit a friend, seems like we will have loads of things to do.

Thank you so much taking the time to teach ‘biking shoe 101’ I really appreciate it. If we can afford it both dh and I will be the market for new bikes and now it appears gloves and shoes. Hahaha

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5/4/07 11:13 P

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Gail:
You definitely want to use cycling shoes when riding. A running shoe is flexible vs. a cycling shoe which is very rigid. If you continue to wear running shoes you will have problems (major pain)with your arches.

There are ways to keep your feet warm while riding: neoprene socks, shoe covers are two things to consider. Also wool cycling socks help.
There are few websites that have cycling shoes as discount: www.performancebike.com www.pricepoint.com and www.nashbar.com

The shoes come in European sizes and fit varies based on the shoes maker. I suggest you stop by your local bike shop and try on a few pairs to get the sizing then order online. I have three pairs of shoes and all three are men’s shoes (I wear a women’s size 10)

There are 2 types of shoes: road shoes and mountain bike shoes. The mountain bike shoes weigh a little more because they have rubber spikes that road shoes don’t have. With road shoes you’ll walk on the cleats, which can be slippery since they are made with medal. With a mountain bike shoes you walk on the rubber spikes.

Once you decide on the shoes, then you have to decide on the clips you’ll use. I use SPDs. If you do spinning classes, the spinning bikes usually have SPD pedals. If you want to be a hard core roadie, consider look pedals and cleats. On, yeah, you’ll also have to buy the pedals that match your cleats (not a cheap sport!). I know a few friends who love the egg beater system, but I have not used them.

Getting the shoes will make big difference, buying the pedales and cleats will mke an even bigger difference. Once you clip in you can push and pull one the pedal: much more efficient.


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5/4/07 8:37 P

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Thanks everyone. . . gloves are a great suggestion, I don't think I really knew they existed.

Sit-ups was not what I wanted to hear!!! Just kidding - I understand what you're saying and I'm actually glad to know that there is something I can do to shift the weight a little bit rather than just wait until I lose more.

Thanks again everyone.




 
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Biking gloves - I will have to go buy some. I love gadgets and gizmos, and gloves are something I really need. It's still pretty cool here to be riding and I have been using gloved but they only keep my fingers warm and don't help with anything else.

I do have a question. What kind of shoes do you guys wear? I don't have a bike that I would clip a pair of biking shoes in. I usually bike with my running shoes but my feet get so cold. I told my dh that next time I would go out I was going in winter boots. haha.

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Keep your arms loose as in not rigid and wear gloves. Do plenty of sit up to strengthen your core so you don't lean too heavily on those hands.

I think the mountain bike has the disadvantage of having only one way that you can grip the handlebars. A roadbike allows one to change to 3 to 4 hand positions frequently. Again using the core to control where the weight is helps here too.

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5/4/07 10:44 A

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I've lost a lot of weight by cycling and found that after a few weeks of cycling daily all of the things like sore legs, wrists, bum, etc subsided and I was able to ride for hours at a time with nothing but pleasure. I would add that you should be using decent padded cycling gloves. Replace them when the padding is flat. I rode 4,500 miles last year with up to 800 miles in one month and went through a lot of gloves. I hope this helps. Tailwinds!

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Welcome MOUNTAINEERGYRL, EARLYLOIS makes a good point about shifting your weight to your butt. I had a similar problem, but my problem was also aggregated by carpel tunnel in both wrists. I had pain and numbness too. You might try shifting your weight back to your butt and also checking in with your doctor to make sure there are no physical problems causing the pain.

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Hi Mountaineer Girl,
I'm also a mother to twins. . .identical girls. They're a lot older than you though.
I also started riding last summer and experienced wrist pain in the beginning. I think mine was because I was putting too much weight on the handlebars and not enough on my butt. Does that make sense? Anyway, it eventually went away. I haven't done much riding yet this spring (still waiting on a backordered bike to arrive) so I don't know if I'll have any pain when I start up again.
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Hi everyone -

I'm sort of new to biking after falling in love with it last year when my children were learning to ride, so I'm still learning myself.

I'm experiencing a lot of pain in my wrists extending into my hands and elbows about half way through riding (after about 1/2 hour). I'm not sure if I need to adjust my seat or if something else might be wrong - or if I just have to build up those muscles more. It's sort of a joint pain though.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks!






 
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