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Old 06-16-12, 10:32 AM   #1
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Numb Hands

Hey all,

I know this is a heavily discussed topic, but I was hoping to hear some opinions from everyone. I have a 2012 Trek FX 7.2, and my hands tend to go numb after about 10 miles on the bike. I am trying to decide between getting new grips, or gloves. I'd personally prefer grips, as I don't like the look and feel of gloves.

Can someone recommend me some decent grips (under $50) that would hopefully alleviate this problem? Also, if possible, it would be nice if they came with some bar ends of some sort.

Thank you!
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Old 06-16-12, 10:42 AM   #2
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If you don't want to wear gloves then you need a nice soft pair of grips also if you don't have them already get some bar ends so you can change hand positions. Sorry no suggestions though, just see what your LBS has.
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Would you also consider bar ends? They offer another position for your hands to alleviate situations like yours. Your hands do seem to be going numb too fast, however. I'm no expert, but perhaps you're putting too much weight on them.
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Thanks for the quick responses. I will have to see what my LBS has. I am a bigger guy (over 200), so maybe I am putting too much weight on my hands. And I would definitely consider bar ends, and preferably some new grips that have bar ends attached.
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try doing some wrist exersizes to help increase blood flow to your hands.
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Check your posture. In my spin class the instructor tells us to have shoulders down and back, hinge at the waist with abs helping to take some of the weight off your hands, elbows soft not rigid, hands nearly parallel to wrists. Cocking the wrist causes my hands to go numb. I have Bontrager grips and slant them parallel with my wrists.
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Check out this thread for some bar-end information.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-my-Coda-Sport
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Hey all,

I know this is a heavily discussed topic, but I was hoping to hear some opinions from everyone. I have a 2012 Trek FX 7.2, and my hands tend to go numb after about 10 miles on the bike. I am trying to decide between getting new grips, or gloves. I'd personally prefer grips, as I don't like the look and feel of gloves.

Can someone recommend me some decent grips (under $50) that would hopefully alleviate this problem? Also, if possible, it would be nice if they came with some bar ends of some sort.

Thank you!
I recently got the 7.3FX and have the same pain. Ironically I just came back from my LBS and they also suggested using a riser.
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Old 06-18-12, 11:39 AM   #9
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I had the same problem and it was solved when I went to drop bars.
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I have hand numbness issues from time to time. I've found that my saddle setup makes a huge difference. My DS gave me hand issues with the seat pretty well parallel to the ground, but didn't nosed up one 'click.' However that was nose up enough to cause other issues. I finally had to get a two bolt seatpost/clamp to use the infinite adjust to get it just right for me.

But you may want to try adjusting your seat angle/position to see if it might help some.
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Old 06-18-12, 09:43 PM   #11
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I have a Trek 7.3, the one with the nice and comfy grips. My hands get numb with these grips in about half the time as you. I think what we need to do is relax the clinch on the handle bar.

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..... I think what we need to do is relax the clinch on the handle bar.

I have the same grips and also wear gloves which helps. Relaxing grip does help me and also good to relax elbows, let loose and down a little and every now and then sit a little more upright.
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How about adjusting your saddle angle? You may be "falling" forward which means you're putting your weight on your hands. Try tilting your saddle 5mm below the level position and see if that helps. You should be sitting back, not leaning forward. Can you show us a pic of your stem height and angle? It may have nothing to do with your grips.

edit..I see someone a few posts up suggested the same.
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Get your bars up to the same height as your saddle. A riser is the easiest way. Get some Ergon grips http://www.ergon-bike.com/us/en/product/gp1 Keep a looser rather than tighter purchase on the grips. Raise your palms off the grips a bit when going over bumps so they don't take a pounding. Get your hands off the bars periodically. Either hold them above your head or up behind your back and stretch your fingers repeatedly. Keep your eye on eBay for one of these http://bontrager.com/model/04996 I have both this handlebar and bar ends on my Mendota, but rarely use the bar ends. Grabbing the 'horns' of the bar is a far superior alternate position. IMO the bar is worth near retail, but you can find them occasionally on eBay for roughly half price. Good luck!
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This is a little different set up that works very nicely for me. It's been in this configuration since '07, that ought to tell something. I guess that something could be I'm just strange though.
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Yes, as others have mentioned, it's got a lot to do with your weight distribution. If your seat is too high or handle bars are too low, you are putting way too much weight on your hands. I had this problem on both my road and hybrid bike. I took my road bike back after purchase to get a proper fitting. Told the pro, and he could see right away I had the saddle too high. He told me that you should be able to take your hands off the handle bars and not fall immediately towards the bars. After proper adjustment, my hand numbness went away.
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