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Old 05-30-06, 07:04 PM   #1
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hands keep going numb

Anyone else have this problem when riding? After about 10 minutes of riding my hands become very numb and I have to hang them off to the side for a minute. I just bought some bar ends so I can change the position up a little bit, hopefully this helps some.
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Old 05-30-06, 07:06 PM   #2
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Are you wearing padded cycling gloves while riding? For me, that helps a lot with this problem.
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Old 05-30-06, 09:39 PM   #3
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Are you putting too much weight on your hands? The position of your saddle and bars might need to be checked. You might need to raise the bars slightly or get a stem that doesn't protrude as far forward, or move your seat back a bit so your legs support more of your weight. What about saddle tilt? If your saddle is tipped forward (ie. lower at the front) you may be sliding forward and contantly pushing back with your hands. Most people do best with the saddle level, or else a very tiny bit tilted up at the front so their butt slides back on to the wide part. I agree with the comment re padded gloves. Avoid letting the bar rest in the central groove of your hand beside the base of the thumb...that cuts off some circulation. Also, try to rol your hands forward on the bars to straighten out your wrists a bit. Change hand positions from time to time. Hope this helps.
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Old 05-31-06, 03:23 AM   #4
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Building up your core (around the waist) muscles will help to support some of your weight while riding and take some preasure off your hands.
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Old 05-31-06, 07:37 AM   #5
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bend your elbows.
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Old 05-31-06, 03:28 PM   #6
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thanks for all the replies, I do wear padded gloves but I think the problem is my handlebar position, I have a hybrid bike with the bars pretty low so my elbows are straight while riding, thanks all.
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Old 05-31-06, 03:49 PM   #7
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Buy a riser bar. That will take some of the weight off your hands.
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Old 05-31-06, 03:59 PM   #8
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I posted about the same problem last week.

I ended up raising my handlebars a bit and tilting the brakes down some to straighten out my wrists. I have not quite solved the problem, but it is much better than it was. Couple more adjustments and I will have a good position for riding.
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Old 05-31-06, 05:22 PM   #9
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I had the same problem long ago and put thick foam grips on the handlebars.
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Old 05-31-06, 05:24 PM   #10
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Specialized makes a product call Bar Phat, a gel tape that goes on under normal tape. Some say that helps.

I wear gloves and move my hands around quite a bit. I also occasionally pul on the bars a bit rather than always lean on or push on them.

Sounds like you are on the right track though.
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Old 05-31-06, 10:19 PM   #11
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I had a problem with my right hand going numb (damage from a previous work related injury). I tried a bunch of different handlebar/stem setups until I settled on trekking bars from Nashbar and a 40 degree stem. That setup combined with some Specialized gloves really helped reduce any hand numbness. Now I only get hand numbness if I fall into the bad habit of leaning forward too much.
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Old 06-01-06, 10:06 AM   #12
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Could be carpal tunnel, that is where I noticed it was on the bike. Had it pretty severe so they told me.
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Old 06-01-06, 04:54 PM   #13
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yeah Ive had carpal tunnel before, maybe its coming back
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You might try looking at something like this, pretty new:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ance&n=3375251

My dealer was showing me several similar sets the other day, all rather pricey. One included the bar-end as part of the construction. I didn't think they'd be suitable for police work, but they did seem to be very comfortable.
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Old 06-01-06, 07:16 PM   #15
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this is totally totally off topic but whats the difference between a red sn and a black one?
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