Hand pain after long ride...
I'm new to the forum, so I hope this is the right place for this.
My son and I typically ride 8-10 miles at a time on our mountain bikes. Yesterday, we did 50. After around 20, the fingers on my left hand started getting numb centered around my wedding ring. I pocketed my ring for the rest of the ride. One day later, my ring finger is still numb, more-so at the tip, and a bit on the fingertips around it. I didn't wear gloves, which I'm sure now I probably should have. Is this common? I'm wondering if I damaged a tendon, or something. I'm not in agony or anything, but I play guitar and have a gig in two weeks. It's tough fretting a guitar when you can't really feel the tip of your fingers!
Carpal tunnel syndrome - bike rider's form
Sounds like a case of cyclists palsy, a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. It finally caused me to quit riding upright bicycles and switch to recumbents a dozen years ago. I still have a nice hardtail MTB but only use it when I absolutely have to. In my case, raising the handlebars closer to me and using gloves did not make a bit of difference. Decades of riding a motorcycle and bikes have taken a toll on the nerves in the palm of my hands. I rode 31 miles this morning in absolute comfort. No pain. No nubness. When I got out of the seat I felt just fine. Too bad it costs so much to ride a quality recumbent.