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    Default inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    I'm trying to find a temporary solution to osteoarthritis in my wrists.
    I think that sitting more upright and riding more casual will help.
    I'm riding fixed gear nearly exclusively, and more of the time solo.
    Thus I'm not concerned about speed.
    This will be more of an urban cruiser/quiet road vehicle.
    I'll gear it slightly lower than my dropped barred fixed bikes.
    Just curious if someone can chime in with experience on similar setups.
    Thanks much,
    Byron

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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    I started to experience wrist pain - only on long rides. I received some advice that's proven to be effective, at least for me: Stretching arms, from neck and shoulders all the way to the wrists.

    Place your palm, fingers pointing up, flat on a wall at shoulder height.

    Keeping your palm flat, fully extend your arm while standing perpendicular to the wall.

    This is the starting position.

    Turn your head away from the wall - this will begin to apply the stretch.

    Next, keeping your feet shoulder width apart, slowly turn your body away from the wall, while keeping your palm flat - this will extend the stretch.

    You probably will not feel a thing in your wrist while doing this unless the hand position aggravates the arthritis. The main thing is to get your whole arm stretched, which might help alleviate extra pressure on your wrists.

    The other advice I received was: Do planks or any other exercise you like to improve core strength - also helps to reduce the tendency to place weight on the wrists...

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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    Thanks TTX1.
    This is a different issue.
    Bone rubbing on bone.
    I can't stretch the bones apart.
    I can perhaps lessen the bone on bone pressure.
    This is an attempt to postpone surgery.
    Again,
    Thank you for posting a possible remedy.
    Byron

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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    I know it is not super nice looking but a lot of people in the touring world like those so called "butterfly handlebars" that allow one to sit more upright and have a lot of different hands positions available while keeping a lower position when weight distribution matters most (i.e. downhills).



    Not sure if other "weird" handlebars like the Surly moloko might be something to consider.
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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    Byron, would this bike and the roads youíl be on cotton to an aero bar setup with arm rests? Thatís one way to take the wrists out of the equation. Iím thinking less TT or tri position, and more like bike packing and ultradistance setups ó https://www.cyclingabout.com/bikepac...ke-adventures/

    And can I ask about the fixed gear? For me, pressure on the hands and wrists is inversely proportional to the pressure I can put on the pedals. Riding slowly is tougher on the upper body, ironically. And not having the option to coast, does that mean you canít periodically support your weight with both feet and take pressure off your hands and butt?

    Maybe itís just lack of ability, but I was always surprised at how hard riding the track was on my upper body. Ditto with the track bike on the road.
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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    Thanks Tawd.
    I may have to go to more extreme solutions.
    I will be testing out my swept back bars soon, just waiting on bar tape.
    You are correct about fixed riding being harder on the wrists.
    I'm addicted.
    3 fixed and 1 geared bike that hangs on a hook most of the year.
    I'm not sure which is more painful, having to ride something so ugly or dealing with chronic osteoarthritis.
    It does keep my mind off the news.

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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    I’m watching this. My rheumatologist has suggested trying to find alternative recreation but she is not a rider. Some days it hurts to use a pepper grinder let alone ride for any distance. Getting old sucks.

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    Default Re: inverse brake levers on swept back bars

    Quote Originally Posted by bironi View Post
    I'm trying to find a temporary solution to osteoarthritis in my wrists.
    I think that sitting more upright and riding more casual will help.
    I'm riding fixed gear nearly exclusively, and more of the time solo.
    Thus I'm not concerned about speed.
    This will be more of an urban cruiser/quiet road vehicle.
    I'll gear it slightly lower than my dropped barred fixed bikes.
    Just curious if someone can chime in with experience on similar setups.
    Thanks much,
    Byron
    https://www.rivbike.com/collections/...j-d3113-l-n-kn


    Looks good too.
    slow.

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