SpanishMan wrote:smc wrote:Maybe give it some time, can take some getting used to the position.
Sorry but the bike should feel comfortable and ready to ride from the moment she has started riding it. If after a short ride (say under 5kms) her wrists and shoulders are giving discomfort, then the bike was certainly not fitted properly or at all. There will be some discomfort getting used to a road bike from a flat bar, but that should be minimal and mainly associated around the buttocks, getting used to the seat and a little pressure on the palms/hands.
I recommend a proper bike fit from either a professional physio/sports person that has special knowledge of bike fitting and not just anyone at your LBS.
A good rule of thumb I found is to ride the bike on a straight bike path with lots of cushy grass on either side and momentarily take your hands off the handlebars without straightening your back. If you're able to balance without having to quickly grab the bars, then you are at the right height and fit for the bike. If you suddenly swerve and fall, well at least you landed on something soft and you know you need to have adjustments done on the bike.
Couldn't agree more here.. The whole you will get used to it doesn't cut it with me.
I did a transition from hybrid to roadbike and kept getting told that i had to get used to the new position. I had said openly from day one that i felt too stretched out and had too much pressure on my hands.
Tighter handlebar grip is quite a different feeling than having too much weight baring down on your hands..
I would be adjusting saddle up/down/front back and making sure you get the fit right. You can waste a whole heap of money getting paid bike fits. Mark the saddle with texta, tape ,whatever and adjust adjust adjust.