Handlebar problems in bicycling

Clin Sports Med. 1994 Jan;13(1):165-73.


Handlebar problems are common among serious bicyclists. Compression neuropathy, more commonly ulnar than median, is frequent but seldom produces permanent injury or deficit if promptly recognized and managed by attending to bicycle fit, energy-absorbing gloves and handlebar treatments, and cycling technique. Overuse symptoms may be seen if bicycle design and fit couple with repetitive motion to aggravate wrist tendons or connective tissues of the neck and shoulder. Mechanical and medical management are effective in relieving symptoms and preventing recurrence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bicycling / injuries*
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / diagnosis
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / therapy
  • Equipment Design
  • Humans
  • Median Nerve
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes / etiology
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes / physiopathology
  • Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes / therapy