Hope your hand heals nicely. You're still thinking it was the straight forks on the big-dummy, and not the bars?
Thanks Bill...my hand is at 95% and not an issue for all practical purposes.
I don't think it was any one cause, but rather a combination of:
- stiff straight forks
- minimal bar padding
- rough road [lots of vibration]
- challenging riding [rough & muddy road] causing me to grab the bars harder than normal
- due to the Rohloff shifter I only really used my right hand [shifting & grabbing my water bottle]
You can see what my H-bars looked like in the photo below:
Very little padding! In my own defense I used the bars this way for several shorter tours and lots of day to day riding with no issues so I didn't worry about it.
My solution for the Titec has been to:
- use Ergon grips
- add double cork bar tape to all other parts of the bars
- I may also move the Rohloff shifter to the left side of the bars so I use my left hand more
On the Nomad I've used drop bars that have never caused me any issues and mounted the Rohloff shifter on the left side of a Thorn accessory bar so I use my left hand to shift and right hand for water bottles/taking photos, etc.. I expect the curved Thorn fork to be better at absorbing vibration than the straight fork on my Big Dummy.
I don't expect any further problems, but it took a long time to heal so I'm keen on not repeating the injury!