Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Pictures of you riding would be a big help.
There are many things you can try before you buy new bars--
--Loosen the handlebar clamps and rotate the bars up or down a few degrees. Adjust your mirrors and ride. Carry the tools with you; sometimes the position that feel good in the driveway is just wrong on the road.
--Drop your elbows down. Let gravity pull them way down. Relax your face & neck. Relax your shoulders and let them drop. Relax your back as you sit straight with a normal concave curve in your lower back. Relax your hands & wrists. Relax arms and let them drop. Now, check everything and re-relax step by step.
--Consider handlebar risers, either up or up & back. You can take the bars loose and jury-rig them into the new position while you sit on the bike and see how it feels.
--Try a change in your seating position...jury-rig your spot forward or up or down. If you find a better spot, try carving away some of the seat foam or look for a local upholstery shop that is good at shaping the seat. Or buy an aftermarket seat.
Stop riding and let your arms heal. Return to riding when the pain is gone. Some of these things take a long time to heal, and we need to be very patient. Take the anti-inflammatory that works for you--ibuprofen or naproxen--to reduce the inflammation and allow the healing. Acetaminophen together with the others may help with the pain but not any inflammation.
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