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arm-pump victims: some sweet tips

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by TrumbullHucker, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. Stan_Ireland

    Stan_Ireland Chimp

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    Dont know why, but not wearing gloves drastically improves arm pump. Sucks when you crash though.
     

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  2. stoney

    stoney Part of the unwashed, middle-American horde

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    Grip size is huge too. Too large means you have to hold tighter to get the same grip. Smaller grips also allow for your hands to 'float'.
     
  3. FlipFantasia

    FlipFantasia Turbo Monkey

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    drastically, eh? why is it that I always wear gloves and never get arm pump?
     
  4. bdamschen

    bdamschen Turbo Monkey

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    Ride a moto over whoops.. seriously. I can go all day at whistler and northstar but 10 minutes riding up hill on a whooped out trail reduced me to my hands to a worthless set of cramping claws.
     
  5. beaverbiker

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    Yea, totally. So much truth to that. I haven't had arm pump on an MTB in probably 10 years. But it's an every ride occurrence on the dirt bike.
     
  6. gemini2k

    gemini2k Turbo Monkey

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    Anyone done much testing between lock on and slip on grips? I've been trying to slip on grips lately on a few of my bikes. They seem to offer much more padding and comfort since they don't have the hard plastic core. I haven't gotten around to trying it on proper DH bikes/trails though. I like it on my trail and DJ bikes though because I tend to put my hands as far outboard as possible. So the fact that there is grip there now instead of metal clamps makes it more comfortable.

    I'm rocking the oury's which can be found on ebay for like $8 shipped/pair.
     
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  7. stinky6

    stinky6 Monkey

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    Since I started rock climbing it has helped a lot. The two sports seem to go well together in my opinion.
     
  8. nowlan

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    I havent hit up any big mountains in a while, but found that riding lots of rugged XC, and brake lever position were probably the biggest things that helped my arm pump. I also found that switching from a cushy grip, to a more low profile one like the ruffian helped.
    Theres not a whole lot of talk about strength conditioning or mobility on this thread which kind of boggles me. If anyone cares about the mobility aspect of fitness, I highly reccomend Becomming a Supple Leapord by Dr. Kelly Starret. Or youtube some Mobility WOD stuff form arms, forearms and shoulders. Also do some research on Voodoo Floss. Its legit and breaks up tacked up muscle tissue. You can even use a spare tube for the same concept. Read up on it. Any questions let me know.

    Chris.
     
  9. TrumbullHucker

    TrumbullHucker trumbullruxer

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    i have lizard skin locked on charger grips, and measured 30.0 mm grip outside dimension ( without starting to squish the rubber )

    is this considered a thin or fat grip? and do people find a thicker grip helping with finger lock??


    finger lock is one of my biggest problems
     
  10. Damo

    Damo Short One Marshmallow

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    I was getting pretty bad arm pump one day (although for me, it was more finger pump) and a friend told me to take the gloves off. Never had it since.
     
  11. Jm_

    Jm_ Turbo Monkey

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    Yeah, I remember one day I was getting all hot while DHing and I thought, why not just take off the helmet? Never been hot since!
     
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  12. Lelandjt

    Lelandjt Turbo Monkey

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    Check my post on the first page. Everyone laughed. But everyone who tries my bikes raves about the grips and most then equipe their bikes similarly.
     
  13. HardtailHack

    HardtailHack used an iron once

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    Sweet what? Maybe try gripping things and finger stretches?

     
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