Why Do My Wrists Hurt When I Ride?
February 14, 2015
What can I do to keep my hands from going numb when I ride?
There are a few reasons why your wrists hurt when you ride. It could be that the bike is not fitted for your body, wrong size stem, or maybe it is your handlebars. Most riders spend the vast majority of their time on the hoods. I have found this is to be true (30 years of riding) because the tops are not comfortable and the drops are no better. The biggest problem I have found is that most handlebars do not follow the natural biomechanics of how we humans are put together. The main reason the tops are like a vast wasteland of real estate is because they cause us to over pronate our wrists and place excess pressure on the radial and/or ulnar nerves. This problem leads to numb fingers and sore wrists.
What is the answer for sore wrists and hands when I ride?
What we are all looking for is a position that puts our hands, wrists and forearms into a biomechanically correct position. Fortunately for you there is a simple answer and that is the BP4 Handlebar. Why you ask? Well, the answer is simple. BP4 took a look at the biggest drawback of most bars on the market and figured there had to be a better way. You know what, there was. It was soooo simple it has eluded the bike industry for at least a century. I eluded earlier in this article about what a wasteland the tops are. That’s where the answer was sitting all along. We asked ourselves, why not put a bend there and put the body into the proper alignment we have always wanted. What we discovered after spending some time riding was that we were not getting the numbness we were all so used to. It was also much more comfortable for long pulls, and instead of spending 80-90% of our time on the hoods, we were now spending at least 80% of our time on the BP4 bend.
We knew we were on to something big. After some time spent getting used to this new real estate, we knew we would up against a lot of resistance from the industry and riders alike. It was time to get some hard data to back up what we had already confirmed on the road. Comfort was one of the main benefits, but what else was there to this new design? First, we went to the Faster wind tunnel in Arizona and did some comparison testing with standard tops and our BP4 bend. The results were more than we could expected. Check out the white paper here. Next it was off to do some VO2 climb tests. As anyone who has done a VO2 test, they suck. The good thing is you can always find masochists who want to know their numbers. Once again, we found some fantastic results. 10 less breaths per minute, 6% less VO2 at same absolute watt output (more efficient), and once again, much more comfortable.
We know what the BP4 can do for your riding experience because it has done great things for ours. There are over 7 billion of us on the planet and we are all built the same. That’s how we know you will get the same results. The only question to ask yourself now is, do I want to be more comfortable, improve my performance and aerodynamics? Click this link to claim yours now.