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    Hand pressure and bike fit.

    I've recently been working on my bike set-up and fitting but not sure how to handle this:

    I have noticed the outside edge of palms being very sore after riding and my grips wear out on the outside first. Would handlebar sweep help with this? Or what other cockpit changes can I try?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftbrewed View Post
    I've recently been working on my bike set-up and fitting but not sure how to handle this:

    I have noticed the outside edge of palms being very sore after riding and my grips wear out on the outside first. Would handlebar sweep help with this? Or what other cockpit changes can I try?

    Thanks.
    Angle the tips of the bar down slightly rather than flat or up. Unless your bars have very little or no sweep, just rotate them back in the stem a bit.
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    Maybe wider bars. I obviously don't know what you have, but narrow bars will close you up and cause you to ride with that part of your hands more.. especially the more your elbows are bent while riding.

    (I had that issue) I have holes in my gloves from it.

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    I switched Ragley Carnegies and the additional sweep really helped with wrist issues i was having from an old MX injury. It was the sweep more that the width

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    Get off your palms. OtB waiting to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bing! View Post
    Get off your palms. OtB waiting to happen.
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    play with your seat height and angle and your bars. roll your bars (in the stem) so that your grips are parallel to the ground
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    Try moving your brake levers and shifters inward a bit. I had the same issue and it wasn't bar width, it was more of an ergonomic issue with the shifters and brake levers being more comfortable a half inch inward from the end of the bar.

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    I kinda experienced the same feeling last week while
    Riding. Never felt like this before till I took out my gloves to avoid tan lines.

    In my opinion, sometimes everything has the simplest solution to it.

    - wear good gloves.
    - avoid gripping the bars too hard
    - try not to rest your weight on the bars as you ride except when it is needed.
    - try not to ride without gloves
    - change holding position once in a while as u cruise.

    That solved my problem.

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    I think its more of a riding technique thing. My hands used to hurt a lot cause I was putting too much weight on my front. Once I changed my focus to be more on my pedals and holding my bars lightly, my hands hurt less and I'm faster downhill. Putting more focus on the pedals really frees the bike up and allows it to flow over the terrain. Let's the bike do all work and take all the chop. I really try to get weight distribution on the tires to be 50%/50% no matter what the terrain.

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