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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-21-08, 05:39 PM   #1
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Spenco Ironman Gloves

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I have problems when I ride my road bike with my hands going numb so I thought I give them a try,
They have a special groove to prevent pain to the median nerve in the hand. Any one try them.
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Old 11-21-08, 07:09 PM   #2
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Haven't tried those but I have some Spenco "Cold Snap" gloves that are great. To help with hand numbness, could an adjustment of your riding position be in order?
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Old 11-21-08, 07:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

Hi,
I may need to adjust the seat a bit, I ve tried to point the nose up but that seems to get in the boys way, so I am not sure which is worse numb hands or sore ****.

maybe its all the weight....I way 260

You can see the nose is a little down on the Brooks seat the frame seems large enough its just finding the right seat position, I seem to like it all the way back on the rails
I do seem to slide forward a little and constantly need to push back on the seat to hit the perfect spot or hip bone connection. I never have pain on the mountian cause it has those flared grips .
Doug

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Old 11-21-08, 09:19 PM   #4
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I use Ironman gloves. They make a huge difference for the better.
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Old 11-21-08, 10:37 PM   #5
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Wow, your fame is the wrong size for you. If a frame is the proper size (traditional frame, not a sloping toptube), there should be not much more than a handful of seatpost, you've got about 3!

A rise in the stem should raise the handlebars a bit as you have a big drop from the saddle to the hb's. My drop is only about one or two inches and very comfy.

Fit will do way more than ego gloves.
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Agreed with the meaner beaner, my seat and handlebars are just about level, maybe a 10mm difference. You may be putting to much pressure/weight on your hands causing your hands to go numb.
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Old 11-22-08, 02:18 PM   #7
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Thanks Again

HI,
will see if I can raise the handle bars a bit I will check the seat.
I have really long legs, but I am rocking a bit.
Road hard again today neary 18- 20 MPH the entire ride.
I really love riding.
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I've used a series of the Spenco gloves with limited success. The biggest issues I've had with the gloves is that they lose their resiliency quite quickly.

I've had better success with alterations to my handlebar wrap. I'll wrapper layers of rubber (slit inner tube) on the bars before taping. Usually one layer from stem to drop, with another layer from stem to hoods.

I've found, along with the shock absorption, the extra girth helps significantly.

You can see the added girth in this photo, the final wrap is Brooks leather.

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Another thing I noticed is that your hoods are way down. You can loosen the nut then slide them up the bar some so that you aren't too stretched while riding the hoods (position where most riders spend most of their time riding).

You can loosen the stem bolt them, turn the bars up but that may throw off the parallel setting of the lower HB section to the ground that some like.
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I agree about the OPs bike sizing and handlebar height, but his brake levers look ok.

My bike fit is a lot better than this, and I have founnd the Iron Man gloves to be real comfortable for long rides.
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I agree about the OPs bike sizing and handlebar height, but his brake levers look ok..
Just to clarify. I don't mean that there is something wrong with his setup on the hoods. Looks to be right on when it comes to rec'd settings. But that doesn't mean that it can't be raised a bit for a more comfortable ride. I had my set up the same as far as the hoods. One shop dude rec'd that I try it. I did and loved it! Makes a huge difference on long rides and centuries.
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Old 11-30-08, 07:07 PM   #12
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I use the ironman glove and like them.. But after seeing Dobbers setup Im going to look into it.
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