Swollen brake fingers? What's my problem.

Discussion in 'Health Nutrition and Supplements' started by Guest, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I've been riding my first road bike, and I'm noticing my middle
    and index fingers feel stiff and a bit swollen. More so for
    my middle fingers than index. But I'm curious if this is common?

    Might I have my handlebars at a bad angle? Could reaching
    to far for the brakes cause this? It is a slight reach,
    but nothing that is uncomfortable.

  2. Vo2

    Vo2 Member

    Aug 11, 2001
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    Handlebars that are too far forward usually lead to sore neck and shoulder muscles, so I doubt if this is your problem.
    Your problem could be that:
    • Your saddle angle may be wrong i.e. pointing downwards. This is forcing you to support your weight with your hands, causing pressure on the hands and fingers. Check that your saddle is level (use a builders level).
    • Your grip on the bars may be too tight, restricting blood flow. Don't lock your elbows when riding. Change your hand position and strech the fingers often while riding.
    • Your fingers may not be use to operating STI levers. Get yourself a squash or tennis ball (a stress ball also works) and strenghten your hands and fingers by squeezing the ball while you watch TV or browse the web.

    Lastly, if you do decide to change your setup, do it in small increments once a week.

    Let us know how it goes.
  3. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Yeah, it's only been a little over a week.  So I'm guessing that
    I'm just not adjusted to the STI shifters yet.  I've been adjusting
    the handlebars a little bit each time I go out to try to find a good
    fit.  I think I've found a position that is comfortable.  I'm a fairly
    avid rock climber, so I'm sure my grip is strong enough.  Not
    worried now,  I was just curious if this problem is common among
    new road bikers.  Hopefully, this is no big thing, and relaxes in
    a week or two.  Thanks for your thoughts.