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Old 07-17-10, 07:51 PM   #1
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Smile Fishing for some help.

Advice needed for a novice!
I have been riding a cannondale synapse for the past couple of months which I purchased last year> I live in the north suburbs of Chicago, and where I ride the terrain varies, and the foot and bike traffic is such that I was looking for a hybrid bicycle to ride at times where I get still get speed, and distance but at the same time maneuver without having to worry about clipping in and out of the pedals. I am 52 and already feel numb hands after riding the road bike for a while (carpal tunnel like symptoms). I was looking at the Cannondale Quick1 or the Marin Mill Valley but I am open to other suggestions. I like the weight and suspension / comfort of a bicycle that is at least partially made of carbon components...I also like good quality components as I have enjoyed the SRAM Rival gear on my road bike. Sorry I am so wordy! Also any suggestions for the numb hands / fingers that I get after riding for 45 min. I have already tried gloves.
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Old 07-17-10, 09:02 PM   #2
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Hello,
I have back and neck issues and experience a lot of hand numbness as well. What I did that has helped is, raise the handle bars, tilted the neck back towards me and moved the saddle back some.
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Can not really comment on the bike to choose, but as far as the hand numbness, I have never had much
trouble with hand numbness, but when I feel it coming on, just take my hands off the bars, shake them
around to get the blood flowing back through them...seems to work for me ! Richard : )
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Yeah the trick lies in not to keep your hands in the same position and with the same pressure for too long.
Apart from that, getting suspension or gelgrips or anything like that will help.
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Different handlebars, grips and bar ends will give you multiple hand position options while riding to alleviate numbness/ pain. There's a thread below that has wonderful pictures that may give you an idea.
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Different handlebars, grips and bar ends will give you multiple hand position options while riding to alleviate numbness/ pain. There's a thread below that has wonderful pictures that may give you an idea.
Agreed. Some good ergonomic grips like those made by Ergon are very helpful. I used the GC2s and they are great. I recently installed some trekking bars and now the GC2s are on another bike.
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I raised the bars 2" on my Trek 7.7 FX and it made a tremendous difference. I no longer have pain in my hands or wrists.
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Advice needed for a novice!
I have been riding a cannondale synapse for the past couple of months which I purchased last year> I live in the north suburbs of Chicago, and where I ride the terrain varies, and the foot and bike traffic is such that I was looking for a hybrid bicycle to ride at times where I get still get speed, and distance but at the same time maneuver without having to worry about clipping in and out of the pedals. I am 52 and already feel numb hands after riding the road bike for a while (carpal tunnel like symptoms). I was looking at the Cannondale Quick1 or the Marin Mill Valley but I am open to other suggestions. I like the weight and suspension / comfort of a bicycle that is at least partially made of carbon components...I also like good quality components as I have enjoyed the SRAM Rival gear on my road bike. Sorry I am so wordy! Also any suggestions for the numb hands / fingers that I get after riding for 45 min. I have already tried gloves.
Before you buy a new bike try three things

1. Put Bar Phat or Fizik Gel on your handle bars and maybe a shock absorbing tape like DSP Lizardskin. *And* wear gel palm gloves.

2. Put a much higher and shorter stem on. Use an MTB stem if necessary or a steering extender or flip a TT stem. Or buy a new fork with an uncut steerer. Start with getting your bars level with the saddle and then try going higher if that doesn't work.

3. Re. pedals, try BMX pin pedals. They grip like furies and no straps or special shoes are required.

Drop bars don't cause numb hands, but bars of any type set too low and with too little cushioning do. Most modern drop bar bikes are configured for 20 year old athletes, but they can be re-configured quite easily. Take a look at

http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_...izing_position
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Also look at:

http://www.stanford.edu/~dru/moustache.html

With this bar change you could keep your current shifters and turn your Synapse into a hybrid. Otherwise, buy a hybrid with reasonably high bars - there are lots of good ones - and, as suggested, fit Ergon grips.
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