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07-17-10, 08:34 PM
I have been riding a cannondale synapse for the past couple of months which I purchased last year> I live in the north suburbs of Chicago, and where I ride the terrain varies, and the foot and bike traffic is such that I was looking for a hybrid bicycle to ride at times where I get still get speed, and distance but at the same time maneuver without having to worry about clipping in and out of the pedals. I am 52 and already feel numb hands after riding the road bike for a while (carpal tunnel like symptoms). I was looking at the Cannondale Quick1 or the Marin Mill Valley but I am open to other suggestions. I like the weight and suspension / comfort of a bicycle that is at least partially made of carbon components...I also like good quality components as I have enjoyed the SRAM Rival gear on my road bike. Sorry I am so wordy! Also any suggestions for the numb hands / fingers that I get after riding for 45 min. I have already tried gloves.
07-17-10, 08:37 PM
So how many miles have you ridden the bike this year?
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07-17-10, 08:41 PM
I am currently a weekend warrior, but plan to go out more often. Iride about 15 miles at a time (+/-), and have gone out about 15 - 20 times thusfar. Thanks for the reply. .....this is a great sport, and a good way to clear your mind.
The best place to start reading about bicycle related pain is the late great Sheldon Brown's site, especially this part: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/pain.html#fingers
But, in short, pain and numbness in hands and fingers are usually related to the driving posture. You said that you've experienced pain with a road bike, even though it has several more hand positions and thus should be more relaxing. It sounds like you've had a wrong size frame and/or your saddle angle has been too steep and you've been planting too much of your weight on your hands.
The basic rule is that you should be able to keep the same position with with your torso without keeping your hands on the bar and if that feels overly difficult, you're leaning forward and that causes the pain.
When you are getting a new bike, try to get the right size as close as possible, the basic retail market sellers might not know what's right for you - heck, even you might not now what's right for you :)
Competitive cyclist has a good Fit calculator: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO
Siu Blue Wind
07-18-10, 08:45 AM
Hi Newbee and welcome to Bike Forums!
Banton (welcome to you too, Banton!) just gave you some great information here, so I'll add one more thing: Check out the 50+ forums we have here. A friendly bunch and they are full of ideas and knowledge on what to do.
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