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Old 01-27-08, 11:18 AM   #1
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Road Buzz

I suffer with numb hands and elbow pain and am constantly changing bike parts and riding position to try to minimise the problem. I ride a giant hardtail mountain bike with rigid kona forks and schwalbe big apple 26 x 2.0 tyres. The bike is used for day touring on tarmac and is not used off road. To keep as much weight as possible off my hands I use a short 60mm stem with oversize alloy bars fitted with ergon grips. My question is would I get a lot less road vibration by switching to a slightly longer less beefy stem and using 25.4 mm bars? Iíve already spent a small fortune trying different tyres, forks, grips, gloves etc and would be interested in any opinions before I spend more money
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Old 01-27-08, 11:39 AM   #2
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maybe you could tilt your saddle back a little more to keep your weight off your hands.
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Old 01-28-08, 09:20 AM   #3
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Hand numbness is a real problem. Here's what I'd do:
  1. Get road tires for riding on the road, or at least hybrid tires with a solid strip down the middle. That will cure the buzz, which will help somewhat.
  2. Get bar ends for more hand positions.
  3. Raise my handlebars until they're closer to level with the saddle.
  4. Use padded grips and get well-padded gloves.
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Old 01-28-08, 09:45 PM   #4
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Your fully rigid, therefore, your only suspension is your tires. What kind of pressure are you running? If it is fairly high, you might want to reduce it slightly. Some times a small reduction of pressure will help absorb chatter or buzz.

Also, if you have decent gloves (lots of padding isn't necessarily better) and decent grips, then you may want to try a CF bar. CF is known for vibration dampening and lightness. Obviously, you're not too concerned about lightness, but some vibration dampening may help.
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Check out Ergon grips. They helped me with my hand numbness issues.
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Check out Ergon grips. They helped me with my hand numbness issues.

Thanks mate... I also have numbness issue with my hands.. Now I know its because of the grip
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Maybe don't use such a death grip on the handlebars.
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You have ulnar neuropathy, which can be caused by vibration, but I have personally found that it is more from my hand position on the bars. If your weight is compressing the ulnar nerve where it enters the hand.. it will cause this numbness. Make sure your weight is spread out on the pads of your palm, not in the center where your ulnar nerve is.

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