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Old 07-11-09, 07:54 PM   #1
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left index finger is numb

I moved my seat up and back to relieve stress on my finger...after rides of an hour or more it goes numb for several hours?

Any ideas? Should i move the seat closer?
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Old 07-11-09, 08:04 PM   #2
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Do your bars have many positioning options? If so move your hands around more. I would recomend stretching and flexing it regularly during rides to help keep circulation up. You also also might consider wearing good gloves.

This could be something that goes away as your hand gets more used to the bars, on the other hand, I'm not a doctor and for all I know it could cause medical problems if not addressed properly.
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You're pinching the median nerve in your hand. Are you having any inflammation in your hand? Do you feel the gloves fitting tighter when this happens?
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my hands arent really inflammed....i will half to check on the gloves....i do try to rest them at different times on the top of the bars...it may be just bad form as i am fairly new to the sport
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I see no mention of your wearing gloves, Indy. If you are - they should have gel to protect the median and ulnar-nerves in your hands. It would also help if we knew what sort of bike and bars you have. Can you post a photo perhaps?

I wear Pearl Izumi 'Slice' gloves. Fixed 99% of my numbness and flailing my hands like a loon.
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I love those PI gloves ^
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Moving the seat up or down should be done only to adjust for your legs/pedaling.
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It's possible that you're gripping the bars too hard. Try relaxing and using only enough gripping force to control the bike, or not have the bar slip out of your hands if you hit a bump. Also try moving your hand around, using the different grip positions on a typical road bar.
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How's your neck?

Sometimes symptoms of a neck issue will show up somewhere else.
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my neck is good...i do wear gel gloves but dont know the brand........dunno if pics will help

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I have exactly the same problem. Usually it only comes up in intense races, or very bad pavement, but the solution is to move my hands around on the bars.
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my neck is good...i do wear gel gloves but dont know the brand........dunno if pics will help. here are some pics

Yes, this is the problem. You are putting your weight on the base of the V between your thumb and index finger and are pinching the median nerves:

http://www.eorthopod.com/images/Cont...y_nerves03.jpg


Basically, you need to rotate your palms inward and place the weight on the meaty heels of your palms. Check out my post #30 in this thread.
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If you ride on the hoods alot, it might be prudent to rotate your bars up and/or move your brifters up. For me, I would have the exact problem Danno describes if I had my levers that way, esp. with the way you have your bar-saddle drop.
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If you ride on the hoods alot, it might be prudent to rotate your bars up and/or move your brifters up. For me, I would have the exact problem Danno describes if I had my levers that way, esp. with the way you have your bar-saddle drop.
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I would rotate your bars up so that the top of the bars are level (or thereabouts). Having done that, you may want to move the levers forward somewhat (I like my levers to be approximately vertical, but that's just me), and flip your stem. This will pretty much keep your hood position where it is currently (a little further forward due to the stem flip), but you will be able to rotate your wrists inward. It also will help with the hand position at the first curve on the top of the bar.
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Notice how straight his arm is in the pic. It might be because of trying to photograph himself, but if they're that straight when riding, his elbows are probably locked to bear much of his upper body weight.

Bend elbows. Drop shoulders.
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Bend elbows. Drop shoulders.
Raise stem and handlebars.
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going to raise my bars tonight and look to adjust the brifters.also change my grip on my bars...thank you all for all of your help
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An additional option is to re-tape with gel tape in a thicker fashion. Your tape is pretty thin - I prefer Bontrager gel tape for gel tape - it is long so you can tape it thick. I used to do that and not use gloves until I learned the hard way that gloves can prevent road rash on spills.

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