Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: St. Croix, USVI
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Several weeks ago, I was having problems with my pinky going numb all day long after riding on my hybrid. I bought some better padded gloves and padded handlebar covers and I raised the handlebars a bit. That nearly fixed the problem, and the numbness has gone away except for a short time after riding.
Last week, I bought a road bike, and now I'm having a somewhat different problem with my hands. After a 30-mile ride on Saturday, I noticed that my left hand felt very weak. I can grasp items in the palm of my hand without a problem, but I have trouble manipulating things between my fingers (buttoning my shirt, pulling off my gloves, etc.).
I'd like to get my hands to heal before putting any more stress on them, but I want to keep riding as much as I can. Should I stop riding altogether until it heals (
), cut back my riding to shorter rides, ride the hybrid instead of the road bike, check my bike fit at the bike shop, go see the doctor, or ... ?
Has anyone else had this problem? How did you deal with it?