Folsom Prison Blues
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Folsom, CA
Bikes: '04 Trek 5200, '73 Raleigh Grand Sport "Fixie" & '94 Specialized Rock Hopper Comp MTB
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Numb hands is a common problem... most likely a bike fit issue which you should be able to mitigate by making saddle and/or bar adjustments. Also on longer rides you should make sure you mix up your hand positions. This helps me. A rule of thumb (?) is you should be able to let go of the bars and not fall forward.... if you do, you have too much weight on the bars (causing hand numbness). The general idea is to balance your weight between the saddle, bars and peddles. Also, the more you ride the more your hands get used to normal hand pressure. But persistent numbness indicates a fit problem.
As suggested above by Mr Danw, check out his recommended site..
Uphill or downhill; headwind or tailwind; Pavement or Dirt ... it's all good.