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Originally Posted by fireguy286
Can anyone tell me why my hands go numb while riding? I ride a mountain bike and I use bar ends so I can change hand position sometimes, but, after about a half an hour of riding my hands almost always go numb. Any suggestions?
You are likely supporting too much of your weight on your arms. You should be putting your weight on your saddle.
Have a fried hold your bike up from the rear while you sit on it with the cranks at 9 and 3 oclock. (feet on pedals) Put an index finger on each brake lever to support your front. Do not use anything but your index fingers.
Now quickly take them off the brakes (so they are touching nothing). Does your body want to fall forward drastically? If so, try nosing your saddle up. I have found that by having the nose of my saddle a tick higher than the rear i know longer have arm/shoulder trouble.
Also focus on your arms while you ride. Are you gripping the bar tightly? Are your arms tense. RELAX! Keep reminding yourself to relax your arms, there is no reason to be all tensed up in your arms.