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    sore hands... how to cure it?

    so after some serious downhilling this weekend at Diablo my hands are super sore. any thoughts on how to make this stop? I feel like I"m going to get some arthitis any time now!
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    Try and relax when you ride, loose up the death grip. I also pop a couple advil on the way to Diablo which helps a lot. If I forget my advil before a long ride my forearms end up killing me. Working on grip strength in the gym or using those stress ball things will help get your hands strong too. Hope that helps a little.
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    Yeah, relaxation is the key although advil helps a lot. How thick are your grips?
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    Sounds like you got arm pump/finger pump/finger lock itis maybe?

    the best cure for that is and has always been... ride more haha. I used to get that a few years ago, pretty bad like you mention. However anymore i only get it towards the end of a day at diablo or when im dehydrated.

    Oh yea, dont get dehydrated either, that seems to amplify the effect.

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    for prevention getting a cushy set of grips, ...avoid the lock-ons. post ride, stretch out your hands and wrists. bending back and forward 15-20 seconds that will loosen up the muscles a bit

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    Thanks for all the good ideas.
    I use Oury lock-ons... very soft.
    I also ride a ton, so that's not the problem.
    I'll try some advil next time, I usually just use beer!
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    diablo + sore hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Wax
    so after some serious downhilling this weekend at Diablo my hands are super sore. any thoughts on how to make this stop? I feel like I"m going to get some arthitis any time now!

    which trails did you ride the most?
    I notice that Alpine usually causes pain/cramping in hands and fingers. It's all the little chatter bumps caused from everyone braking and skidding.

    I stick to the rear of the mountain....Tempest, waterboy, Asylum, Victory...
    these trails are longer yet flow much smoother...and are way more fun and challenging.

    If it's not the trails...check your brake lever reach, gloves (I run them tight or the friction causes wicked callouses), use a softer, wider grip...not a thin one.

    lots of advil before...during and after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wax
    Thanks for all the good ideas.
    I use Oury lock-ons... very soft.
    I also ride a ton, so that's not the problem.
    I'll try some advil next time, I usually just use beer!
    I use the same grips and I don't think they are the problem at all. I get arm pump really bad the first run of every ride but stretching gets rid of it. I also swear by the advil and staying hydrated.
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    I feel like i get pump more on the really rocky stuff and hairy section where your reaction is to death grip
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeriderB
    which trails did you ride the most?
    I notice that Alpine usually causes pain/cramping in hands and fingers. It's all the little chatter bumps caused from everyone braking and skidding.

    I stick to the rear of the mountain....Tempest, waterboy, Asylum, Victory...
    these trails are longer yet flow much smoother...and are way more fun and challenging.

    If it's not the trails...check your brake lever reach, gloves (I run them tight or the friction causes wicked callouses), use a softer, wider grip...not a thin one.

    lots of advil before...during and after.

    I was goona say the same , I had major arm pump after Alpine and i usually dont get it that bad, like was said usually on the real rocky stuff it happens.. Try some Percocet and some OtterCreek Octoberfest cures it right up... I also ate it hard on alpine.... After that arm pump was the least of my troubles..
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    bucket of ice water...30 minutes....all good....did that for a broken wrist and could ride next day
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    Bring your levers in closer!

    I had to nearly no-hand the last segment of Velocity at Mammoth last time I was there. (combination of poor sus setup and crap brakes)

    After bringing the brake levers in for the second run, my problems were 80% gone.

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    i get crazy callouses even if i do wear gloves. either way i dont mind them but they do get annoying when my gf says they're grose. how are they grose?
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    Go to Costco and get a 5 gallon tub of Kirkland hand lotion and start cross trainning, be sure to wear your goggles you don't want to shoot an eye out.

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    Carbon Handlebars!
    Used to get really bad vibration through the bars on rocky downhills.

    Changed to Easton CNT carbon bars and suddenly it all becomes smooth.
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    Shave your palms. Shorn palms do not however cure the blindness that is often present.
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    I will agree with the death grip comment. I can ride everyday and have no problems, but when I go to a park or somewhere where it is balls to the wall fast and bumpy, I always seem to use the death grip and my hands get pretty sore. I actually try to tell myself to loosen em on the grips, but my mind is saying "no way dude".

    So with that I decided to go to Wallmart and picked up a set of work gloves. Not just regular work gloves. These are called something along the lines of "Jack-hammer" or something. They have extra padding on the palm side and around base of the fingers. Right where you get sore. And believe me they work like a charm. Best part was, they were $15 and lasted longer than two pairs of FOX gloves.

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    i also had wicked hand pains, and besides loosening my grip and trying to relax, i tried softening up my suspension. It def made a difference for me, might be something you could tinker with on the mountian

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    Like people said, bring your levers closer to the center of the bike so when you grip the brakes you get more leverage.

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    Work out your forearms

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    lotion is the key.

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    It puts the lotion on!

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    1 finger braking, you get more grip and more area on your hand to absorb impacts. Get some good gloves and good grips.

    Your suspension may be set too soft. I used to be paranoid about riding air forks, but now I like it because its soft at first for those bumps, then progresses so it doesn't bottom out.

    But the glove / grip / masturbation combo may be cheaper than a new fork.

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