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Breathe new life into your cycling hands

Avoid hand pain! A problem for cyclists, but with a solution.

It’s said that learning to ride a bike is easy, but sometimes we acquire vices over the years that we didn’t even know could be fixed. One of the most common are painful hands from taking the wheel tightly, more tense than Ed Sheeran at a Death Metal festival.

So here are some tips on how not to be like Ed *.

1. Relax your position on the bike

In a stiff posture, one is nailed to the handlebars and all the weight of the body falls on the hands.

The rigid position is usually caused by incorrectly adjusting the height of your bike. Try changing the distance between the seat and the handlebars, the height of the saddle or changing the tilt of the stem. Keep trying until you hit the nail on the head, and don’t forget to relax your upper body to put the tension on your legs.

2. Work on your core

Although some consider it a fashion and believe that the “core” should be called “lifelong abs”, actually it is much more than that because:

  • Provides better balance and greater stability.

  • Reduces the risk of back pain.

  • Improves postural correction.

  • It includes other muscle groups such as the lower back, buttocks, and pelvis.

All of the above looks like you’re going to get the most out of it, but as far as we’re concerned here: the stronger your abdomen, the less weight you’ll have on your hands.

3. Make sure the saddle is not tilted like the Leaning Tower of Pisa

It would shift your weight forward. If the tip of the saddle is tilted down, our body will fall forward and we will load the weight on our hands. Do you remember when at school they explained the different angles? Well, in this case the solution is simple: the saddle should always be RIGHT-ANGLED.

4. Take care of your gloves

The pads of your gloves may squeeze your ulnar or median nerve and this causes loss of sensation, so if you use them, make sure that this does not happen to you. The advantage of losing sensitivity in your hands is that if one day you burn yourself with the oil in French fries, you won’t even know it. Just kidding, we all know great cyclists don’t include fried foods in their diet.

By the way, if you are planning to travel soon, don’t forget to visit our bike rental section; nuestra sección de alquiler de bicicletas. I am sure that pedaling with them: there will be no pain in the hand.

* We love Ed Sheeran

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