Fragile hands (rheumatoid arthritis)

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Fragile hands (rheumatoid arthritis)

Postby PT1029 » 13 Aug 2018, 7:03am

An aquaintance is looking to buy a new bike, but has hand issues, she says :-
"I may be needing to get a new bike that fits me better, as I have fragile hands ( rheumatoid arthritis ) and my 20 year-old Giant may be exacerbating the problems I've been having.
Do you know of anyone, or any organisation that can help with this? My local bike shop reckon the bike is too small for my longish arms, which puts my wrists at the wrong angle. The seat won't go back any further."

Anyone with any ideas on this problem?


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Re: Fragile hands (rheumatoid arthritis)

Postby LollyKat » 13 Aug 2018, 11:51am

What kind of handlebars does she have? If they are "straight" bars her wrists will be at a bad angle anyway. Bar ends or some kind of butterfly bars may help, or see 531colin's current set up: viewtopic.php?p=1118907#p1118907

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Re: Fragile hands (rheumatoid arthritis)

Postby Eyebrox » 13 Aug 2018, 1:12pm

What about butterfly bars? You can have loads of hand positions and the dense foam rubber is soothing on your hands. You can keep moving your hands around the bars to ease the pain. An adjustable stem might also solve the stretching problem.

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Re: Fragile hands (rheumatoid arthritis)

Postby crazydave789 » 13 Aug 2018, 3:49pm

longer handlebar stems, thicker ergonomic grips and maybe butterfly bars as they have alots of positions from low to upright. you can put thick rubber around the ring with extra tape wrapping and rest type grips by the brakes.

it might be viable to make up some from of wrist/forearm rest to take the pressure off the hands. there are rigs for hand amputees so must be something out there.

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Re: Fragile hands (rheumatoid arthritis)

Postby Vorpal » 13 Aug 2018, 4:28pm

A more uprigth style of bike, like a town / Dutch style bike or a recumbent may also be solutions.

I have arthritis in my hands, and find drop handlebars to be more comfortable, but I can imagine that might not be a solution for everyone.
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