The hands take over important tasks when cycling, they are responsible for holding, steering and braking. At the same time, there is a high pressure on the hands, which can lead to painful irritations of the nerves, fingers and hands.
Causes of aching hands
Wrong grip size
Cause - wrong grip size
leads to cramping of the hand
Grip size measurement for a grip that fits the hand perfectly
The right grip size is crucial. If a grip is too large, it cannot be completely enclosed, which can lead to cramping of the fingers or the hand. The personal grip size is important for comfort and safety. That is why we have developed a method for determining the optimal grip size.
Grip size is the measurement from the tip of the middle finger to the crook of the thumb. This is because the fingers grasp the grip precisely by this measurement. The SQlab grip series, sizes differ in range, length and shape.
Our bicycle grips are available in up to three different sizes depending on the model.
Wrong grip shape
Cause - wrong grip shape
A round grip leads to high pressure on the outside of the hand
A relief wing, which reduce the pressure
The round grip sounds comfortable but gives only a small contact surface. The extremely high pressure on the outside causes irritation of the ulnar nerve. The consequences are pressure pains and numbness on the little finger and ring finger.
The SQlab grip concept
Flattened at the top and drawn forward and back for pressure relief and comfort. Surface is optimized for support and fingers can encompass the grip.
Too straight handlebar
Cause – too straight handlebar
leads to a lateral, overstretched wrist, or a kink
handlebars with backsweep for a natural position of the hand
A kink in the wrist especially a laterally overstretched wrist can narrow the carpal tunnel. Similar to a kinked garden hose, through which no more water flows, the nerve information can no longer be transported through the narrowed carpal tunnel. This problem only occurs in healthy people when the joint goes to “block”. The cause is almost always a handlebar with too little bending to the rear.
The so-called backsweep, the backward bend, ensures the wrist is not overstretched, the carpal tunnel is no longer constricted and the supply to hand is improved. The risk of sleepy and numb fingers is minimised. Especially discomfort in index- and middle fingers is reduced.