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Old 08-01-16, 11:49 AM
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Advice for numb fingers

So I just really started riding this year, end of May, well 2 rides in May totaling 6 miles. Since then I have logged just over 800 on the bike riding atleast 3-4 times a week (20-30) miles per ride. Well in the last 2 weeks I have noticed that on my left hand the pinky finger and ring finger are going numb and I am actually losing strength in the hand. I was fitted for my bike and everything else is very comfortable. I have tried changing hand positions while riding, I wear bontrager padded gloves and wear them tight and tried loose. I have even stopped wearing my watch on the wrist thinking that may be pinching something.

The LBS has recommended a set of grips to try, Iso... something but they said they are out of stock and I can't find them online anywhere either. Would bar ends help with this sort of thing? Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I am less than 200 miles of reaching my goal of 1,000 miles by end of August! Plus I would like to get another 1,000 by November....

This is the bike that I am riding, Trek FX 7.2.

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Old 08-01-16, 11:50 AM
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Ulnar nerve compression.
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Old 08-01-16, 11:56 AM
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Unlers nerve entrapment. I have the same issue. Best thing I can recommend is to make sure that your fit is dialed in, since you've been fitted I'll assume that's not the issue. Try and make sure that you don't lock your elbows while riding and try to not support your weight with your hands, but instead use your core. In the meantime, if the numbness is persistent even when not riding, try wrapping your elbow in an ace bandage while you sleep. Keeping your elbow straight will help with relieving pressure off your nerve which is causing the numbness. If you have no luck with that, see a doctor. If it goes on for too long the damage can become permanent. Good luck!
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You're putting too much weight on your hands and leaning a little too much on your left. Same thing that happened to me when starting out. Need to keep your elbows loose and use your core and legs to hold yourself up. It'll come.
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Old 08-01-16, 12:24 PM
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Ergon Grips (broad surface ,not Round),


>>And take a Hand off the grip and let it relax occasionally.<<

maybe more seat post setback (different Post) to shift weight off Your Hands..







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Old 08-01-16, 12:24 PM
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Unlers nerve entrapment. I have the same issue. Best thing I can recommend is to make sure that your fit is dialed in, since you've been fitted I'll assume that's not the issue. Try and make sure that you don't lock your elbows while riding and try to not support your weight with your hands, but instead use your core. In the meantime, if the numbness is persistent even when not riding, try wrapping your elbow in an ace bandage while you sleep. Keeping your elbow straight will help with relieving pressure off your nerve which is causing the numbness. If you have no luck with that, see a doctor. If it goes on for too long the damage can become permanent. Good luck!
Yep, this. I've been diagnosed with it and mild carpal tunnel for my right hand and arm. I run also and this is when it shows up like clockwork around 3 miles. Now that I primarily cycle, I have no issues with this. I was worried when I bought my bike and started riding again. I make sure to use multiple hand positions while riding. Certainly not having my elbows bent as much as when I run helps. A neurologist can check by doing a nerve conduction test.
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Old 08-01-16, 12:28 PM
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i actually have less issues with numbness if I use gloves that have no padding...the other things I would think of have already been mentioned.
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Old 08-01-16, 12:41 PM
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Grips of 'pinched' design will help some. Ergon grips are pretty good and come with bar ends. Also they come in a long and a short version, the latter are appropriate if you have twist gripshifts.

I went through all this to conclude in the end that I needed drop bar steering. Bought the Randonee and presto, no more numbness.

It gave me a scare though, because I ended up with numb fingers 24/7. I saw the benefit from the first ride and it took the better part of the month for the numbing to vanish completely. The numbness has to do with the twisting of the forearms to hold a flatbar.
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Old 08-01-16, 03:14 PM
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Get barends and some good padded gloves.
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move the saddle back by an inch or two
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Old 08-02-16, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
move the saddle back by an inch or two


You might try readjusting the saddle height...
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I would go back for another fit. Since you have gotten used to riding, you likely have gotten more flexible and the fit you had done when you got the bike will be a little different than now.
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
move the saddle back by an inch or two
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You might try readjusting the saddle height...

If your saddle is level like in the photo try raising the nose a degree or two.

This will take some of the weight off your hands...
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