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    Numb Hands and Arms

    Just bought my first bike in over 30years, primarily because I cannot run fast enough to keep up with the 5 year old on his new little Trekster. After a day on the Pure I took it back and got the Verve 3 (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...hybrid/verve_3). Seemed to be the best choice for keeping up with him (slow), huffing around Fort Lauderdale and getting a work out.

    It is the latter that I need some help from the Forum of all things Bike. At 6'3" and 220lbs I was feeling cramped and my hands kept falling asleep. I had the handle bars raised and I raised the seat (got more power that way). But my hands keep getting the pins & needles around mile 5. I do think I need my seat pushed back and tilted up to get more weight on the saddle, right?

    Are your hands supposed to be bent at the wrist? When they raised the handle bars it now seems like the Ergo Grips are misaligned. They're facing down so my wrists are bent at 45degrees when riding.

    I'm sure I will have more Qs but the numb hands needs quick relief.

    Thanks in advance

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    Just turn the grips to a position you find most comfortable - you must experiment with the settings to find out what works for you. Are you putting a lot of weight on your hands? One option is to add bar ends so you can alternate hand position.

    Also, we have a clydes forum - you may get better and more appropriate answers there.
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    +1. You either have to just twist the grips into position,or there's tiny(2.5-3mm) set screws(hex head) on the ends. Try rotating the bar as well. Don't forget to reposition the shifters/brake levers as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildCarder View Post
    Just bought my first bike in over 30years, primarily because I cannot run fast enough to keep up with the 5 year old on his new little Trekster. After a day on the Pure I took it back and got the Verve 3 (http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...hybrid/verve_3). Seemed to be the best choice for keeping up with him (slow), huffing around Fort Lauderdale and getting a work out.

    It is the latter that I need some help from the Forum of all things Bike. At 6'3" and 220lbs I was feeling cramped and my hands kept falling asleep. I had the handle bars raised and I raised the seat (got more power that way). But my hands keep getting the pins & needles around mile 5. I do think I need my seat pushed back and tilted up to get more weight on the saddle, right?

    Are your hands supposed to be bent at the wrist? When they raised the handle bars it now seems like the Ergo Grips are misaligned. They're facing down so my wrists are bent at 45degrees when riding.

    I'm sure I will have more Qs but the numb hands needs quick relief.

    Thanks in advance
    I have my grips positioned slightly higher than level. It took some adjusting as I rode to get the comfortable sweet spot. I bought the Ergon Biokork grips and they are easy to adjust as you ride. I carry a Crank Brother Multi tool (17 function). It has all the basic Allen wrench and more and folds up nicely like a Swiss army knife. I use this tool to adjust everything as I ride after installing new parts, like grips, shifters, seat forward or back position. Just ride and adjust as you go. You will find your sweet spot that will be comfortable. Make sure your seat height is adjusted properly and you can Google on how to do that. Then the seat distance. I prefer my seat adjauted more towards the rear as I don't feel as cramped up close. My seat is also on the level side and fully padded which makes riding more enjoyable. I mostly use it as an exercise bike and it is a comfort to ride.

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    Pop back to the Trek dealer and they will be able to view your position and adjust where necessary. That's the reason many buy from their LBS. ie after-sales service
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    I would suggest also to get short bar ends that will allow you to change hand positions. I change hand positions constantly as I too was plagued with numbness while cycling my first year since getting back into it. Like the sore butt, the hand numbness is a thing of the past. I have the bars lower than the seat for an aggressive position too. I highly stress change hand positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Pop back to the Trek dealer and they will be able to view your position and adjust where necessary. That's the reason many buy from their LBS. ie after-sales service
    +1. That's the easiest way. But for comfort, only you can tell with the micro seat adjustments and grip position. Just a little tweak will make a whole lot of difference when riding.

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    I put the Ergon grips on my bike, and that made a huge difference. Also, make sure you aren't gripping bar too hard - when i forced myself to do that, and relax my shoulders, the numbness reduced. I suspect i was putting to much weight on my hands, and not forcing the weight onto the pedals and legs.

    BTW the Ergon EP5 grips are dirt cheap on Amazon, and give you some more hand positions. Best money I ever spent on a bike accessory.

    ...As long as you know that NOTHING, not even a Colnago C59 Disc, will let you catch an energetic 5 year old :-)
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    Thank you one and all. I've tried adjusting the grips to a few degrees above level. Takes the pain out of the wrist. Hands still getting some tingling, so going to try gloves next (just bought). Sorry for late post to all your answers. Baby girl born sorta took priority.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildCarder View Post
    Thank you one and all. I've tried adjusting the grips to a few degrees above level. Takes the pain out of the wrist. Hands still getting some tingling, so going to try gloves next (just bought). Sorry for late post to all your answers. Baby girl born sorta took priority.
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    Also, try to anticipate the numbness. Start moving your hands to different positions BEFORE the numbness starts.
    I'd gotten into that rut and am retraining myself. Several months off the bike due to a broken tib & fib and I forgot some of the little things to make life less miserable.

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    Treadtread: thanks! Best thing I ever did. I'm probably abt to make matters worse. Going from Verve3 to FX 7.4. More weight on arms/hands. I guess we'll see if I can figure it out.

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