CTS And Cycling

Question: I’m a recent joiner to this list, and am finding some of it particularly useful. I now feel brave enough to post my first topic!  After many years, I recently bought a shiny new bike. Lots of good healthy air and exercise I thought. I wasn’t going to go as far as wearing the lycra shorts, mind you!  BUT  I now realize that the position of the handle bars really aggravates my CTS – worse than washing up – worse than using my trackball/mouse on the computer.

It’s not just the shape of the handlebars, but also using the gears and brakes on that side.  Has anyone found a way to use a bike painlessly? Would a wrist splint or strapping help I wonder? Any thoughts?

Answer 1: The only thing I can think of is the handlebars where you rest your forearms and steer that way – have seen some here in US.

Answer 2: European bikes have pedal gear shift and pedal brakes (often combined – to my great discomfort). It might be a good idea to ask about fitting some of these to your bike, to see if it helps.

Answer 3: I find that wrist splints and cycling gloves help a little.

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