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    I can't feel my hands.

    Hello everyone. I'm looking for as much advice as I can get on eliminating hand numbness while I ride, it's plagued me since I started road riding 4yrs ago and nothing I do seems to help. I've been proffessionally fitted to my bike and have experimented with different glove types. The only thing I haven't done is try different bars with a flat profile simply because of the cost. If new bars is the answer I'll spend the money but would like some feedback first.

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    Joe

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    How are you positioning your hands on the bars? Are you varying your hand placement?
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    My 2011 Specialized Tarmac came with flat bars. I hated them and dumped them after 6 months.
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    Beginners often lean on their hands when they ride, which causes pinched nerves, hand numbness, sore shoulders, and back pain. Solution is don't do that. Keep your elbows bent at all times and let your core support your body weight, not your hands.

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    Yes I've tried multiple positions

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    Obligatory recumbent post. Hand problems is why I switched. Like you, I'd tried everything to get comfortable on my upright bike. Finally, when my hands hurt for a whole week following a bike tour, I'd had enough. The choice was either find a fix or quit cycling. A recumbent solved the problem immediately and permanently. Only later did I discover that some of them were insanely fast, too.

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    I stopped wearing gloves because both of my pinky fingers would go numb. I read somewhere else on these forums that gloves themselves could be the culprit, so stopped wearing them and don't have the problem anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joesitbon View Post
    Hello everyone. I'm looking for as much advice as I can get on eliminating hand numbness while I ride, it's plagued me since I started road riding 4yrs ago and nothing I do seems to help. I've been proffessionally fitted to my bike and have experimented with different glove types. The only thing I haven't done is try different bars with a flat profile simply because of the cost. If new bars is the answer I'll spend the money but would like some feedback first.

    Thanks
    Joe
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    Thanks to everyone for your help. Lots of good stuff for me to try out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    Only later did I discover that some of them were insanely fast, too.
    But still slower than a road bike, anywhere with hills...

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