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Old 03-31-2010, 03:29 PM   #1
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I got my 66-year-old sister a mountain bike, and she's quite excited about it. She says, however, that because of some arthritis in her hands, and it hurts to brake when going on a long downhill.

My guess is that this will get better as her hands get stronger. But how does it work with arthritis -- it gets worse the more you use the joint, yes?

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Here's an article explaining exercise & arthritis
Exercising with arthritis: Improve your joint pain and stiffness -

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If it's osteoarthritis, it may get worse with use. It would be wise to check out larger grips, and anything else that would widen the grip on the brake handles and bars.

Sometimes a preventive dose of ibuprofen before such use can make a big difference.
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