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    Hand Numbness and Gloves?

    Might be a dumb question but here it goes, can your gloves make your hands go numb? I have rather large hands but most xxl gloves out there fit me well with room to spare but my hands keep going numb. I know there is probably a deeper issue here like my riding position but on my last 4 rides I did two with and two without gloves. Both rides without seemed to alleviate the numbness to a certain degree but I prefer to ride with them on because I have much better grip especially on warmer days when I'm sweating profusely. Has anyone else experienced this or have a recommendation on a certain glove to buy/try? In the mean time I plan to work on my riding position to see if I can take some pressure off my hands and see how that goes. Thanks!

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    Yes. Its hard for me to find gloves that don't cause my hands to go numb. In the summer I am usually gloveless.
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    Yes and no. Depending on how the glove is shaped / tailored, you may be putting excess pressure on specific points in your hand. This wouldn't be an issue however if you put less weight on your hands, leading me to believe that in order to alleviate your hand numbness, you must tweak your position to get the extra weight off your hands, and back on to the saddle.

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    My hands didn't stop going numb until I got my handlebar/shifter positioning correct. Since then my fingers haven't gotten numb once. Post a side on pic of your handlebars.
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    raise your bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoota View Post
    My hands didn't stop going numb until I got my handlebar/shifter positioning correct. Since then my fingers haven't gotten numb once. Post a side on pic of your handlebars.

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    I have in the past used gloves that would rotate around my thumb and cause numbness because of how grippy they were. Mostly that was 1/2 finger style. Any full finger gloves seemed to be fine.
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    I feel good riding and even thought about lowering the stem some more but now I'm reconsidering? I never had a professional fitting done either, I have a voucher from the store I bought the bike from for a full fitting but I was waiting to purchase my new shoes and pedals first.

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    Ride with a loose grip on the bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeyBoyAz View Post
    I have in the past used gloves that would rotate around my thumb and cause numbness because of how grippy they were. Mostly that was 1/2 finger style. Any full finger gloves seemed to be fine.
    Mine are 1/2 finger gloves, that's kind of what I was thinking that the pressure of my hands sliding down and the gloves staying put was putting too much pressure on the webs of my fingers? Just a thought?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvdslw View Post
    It doesn't look too bad but try rotating the bars down just a touch. See if that helps. It may not but it's an easy thing to try. (It's all I had to do.)
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    Also, try this - might help: do a couple of pushups and try to focus on where, on your hands, you feel the weight and pressure. THAT basically tells you where you need to "put the weight" of the hands-handlebar interface. If you put the weight on the centerline of your palm, you're likely to pressure that 'carpal tunnel nerve bundle' and get numbness. This fixed my numbness problem. Gloves were not a factor.

    P.S. My latest pair of fair-weather gloves came from Chiba on a buddy's recommendation. Like 'em a lot, Gel Comfort +. I think I ordered them through Chain Reaction.

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    Personally, I find that padded bar tape or gloves are worse. All my gloves have no padding and I have ordinary bar tape without gel or gel pads. This works best for me, anyway.

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    Roadies dont sit up to take pressure off their hands , they pull up on the bars

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    Its funny you'd bring this up.

    I had numbness issue in my L hand all summer. I tried stretching my hand/arm and changing positions often but nothing helped.

    I didn't even notice that when I use my trainer, there was no numbing going on. My hands sweat like crazy so Sunday I decided to put on some gloves...WHAM! Numbness back in my L hand. I guess it has got to be the gloves...Perhaps I need a different pair.

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    With some glove/bar-tape combinations, I find that that the glove grips the bar-tape but my hands move forward inside the glove thus adding more weight to my hands causing them to go numb. If I consciously watch it and relieve the weight on the hands, there is no numbness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vasuvius View Post
    With some glove/bar-tape combinations, I find that that the glove grips the bar-tape but my hands move forward inside the glove thus adding more weight to my hands causing them to go numb. If I consciously watch it and relieve the weight on the hands, there is no numbness.
    That's my thinking as well, going to try some different gloves and also get fitted and see what happens? Thanks!

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    @dvdslw I like your bike.

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    Locking your elbows also causes hand numbness, keep the elbows bent.

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    Just a suggestion but I have found that by focusing on my overall riding posture and technique I have no issues. It's when I catch myself riding with my shoulders hunched, elbows locked and hips rolled back is when the little issues like a little numbness in my right hand pinky finger.

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    excessive padding in the palms of the gloves could cause it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
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    Not all gloves are created equal -- you may find that some make your hands feel great while others leave your hands numb. Also rotating hand positions can help significantly.

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    I found out with motorcycle gloves (riding a motorcycle) that padding in certain spots was causing my hands to go numb. Changed gloves, numbness went away. I've been using non padded gloves since, no numbness. I like the cheap husky gloves from Home Depot. $8 or so for half or full finger, cloth on back of the thumb to wipe with, and better made than my $30 lg gloves. They do have fake leather patches on the palm, but it's not so thick that you even feel it on the bike.

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