Does anybody have any tips to help combat it? I'm in pretty good shape otherwise, it's just my arms and fingers get sore/cramped.
Thanksdifferent bend of bars, different grips, keep your elbows high, breath and remember to loosen your grip on the straights, on long trail rides every time you stop stretch your finger tips back to get the tightness out
Here you go buddy. Get started with this and report back.
I take regular Asprin about a hour before i am going to ride , just take 2-4 and what it does is thin out your blood so you are less prone to Arm Pump , since it is caused by the muscles swelling and constricting blood vessels which is what gives you the cramping/pump as your blood pressure increases with the constricted vessles , so the Asprin thins the blood enough so it will still flow thru the constricted vessles without increasing your blood pressure (that is why they say Asprin help stop heart attacks , cause it lowers your blood pressure) , anyway it works for me , and Asprin is cheap (regular asprin like Bayer , not Tylenol )
also holding on with your legs relaxes your grip , also remember to breath deep , in thru the mouth out thru the nose , it relaxes you !
Never thought of that, I'll try taking some next time. I do drink a crap load of water.I take plavix and aspirin and i still get it once in a while, but i think its a hydration issue with me though...
I agree with the blood thinning thing accept I use
One other thing that is important ! , do not drink anything with Caffene in it right before or during riding , the caffene will cause the blood vessels to contract as well i just remembered that because i used to get real bad leg cramps while riding , everyone thought it was dehydration but i had a camel pack and was getting plenty of fluid , only thing wrong was it was Code Red Mountian Dew , after i quit drinking that and went to Powerade and Gatorade the cramps stopped !
If you asked a doctor, he would probably say that arm pump is a mild form of an exercise-induced compartment syndrome. Aspirin and plavix are blood thinners in the fact that they don't allow blood to clot. They don't actually change the viscosity of the life giving fluid. I would actually caution against this practice, and here is why: If you sustain a deep muscle contusion or say a muscle tear, then you are at much greater risk for actually developing a real compartment syndrome, which is an orthopedic surgical emergency........