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Hand went numb repeatedly then quit

Old 05-13-17, 01:50 PM
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Hand went numb repeatedly then quit

I decided to go on a morning gravel ride this morning. Just for the heck of it I opted to take my flat bar mountain bike instead of my drop bar gravel bike. I noticed within a few miles the fingers on my right hand we're getting so numb they felt like sausages LOL. I would shake them out and then ride and within a few miles it would happen again and this just kept happened repeatedly for like the first 10 miles. I just about turned around at Mile 10 and went home to admit defeat that I had taken the wrong bike. I took a couple minute break on the gravel road,drank some water, and then continued on. I never had any more problems after that. The whole ride was 38 miles long and it was just the first eight or ten miles that I was having all kinds of problems with my right hand. Now I've had issues with hand numbness in my right hand on many bikes before but I've never had it start out and then just up and quit. It's reminiscent of how crappy you feel for the first five or 10 miles of every ride until you get the bad gas burnt out of your muscles and you catch that second wind and then you feel like you can ride forever. I've just never had this sensation with a numb hand feeling. Has anyone else ever experienced this? It's almost as if my tricep and elbow needed to get loosened up before they stopped causing issues with my nerve or something. It's nothing I'm concerned about and I'm not looking for a solution I just thought it was such a weird deal I would ask if this was common. Maybe since I've been riding my drop bar gravel grinder for such a long time my muscles in my arms weren't used to holding a flat bar anymore for a long ride and it took a few miles for my muscles to loosen up and get used to that position or something?
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Numbness is usually the result of pinched nerves, perhaps when you got off the bike and moved around you clicked a misaligned joint in your spine back in place, or perhaps you just had a different seating position when you remounted? I haven't had your experience but have experienced the general numbness from those wide riser bars. I put that down to having too much pressure between the shoulder blades by the wide arm position.
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I don't think it's my back. I do seem to have a pain above my right elbow in the very lowest part of my tricep that tends to coincide with numbness sometimes. And I was having that pain this morning but when it all got better my arm kind of loosened up and didn't hurt anymore I would say if anything my nerve issue is due to something in my elbow. But when I got my Wolverine the geometry is so sweet and it is so comfortable to ride that it made this problem almost go away LOL. On a really really long gravel ride I will still get some fatigue and my hands may still get a little numb even on that bike but it is not near as bad as any of the other bikes I have had.

Like I said I'm not looking for any answers I'm not even worried about it. I just thought it was such a strange situation I had to post it on here and see if others had had this experience before. I mean heck my legs were sore and stiff for the first 10 miles lol and then they got loosened up and felt like butter for the remaining 28 miles.
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You may be putting too much wright on your hands/arms. Can you ride with just your hands barely touching the bars for several minutes? If not check your saddle position, especially if the nose is level. Also could be weak core
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Originally Posted by StanSeven
You may be putting too much wright on your hands/arms. Can you ride with just your hands barely touching the bars for several minutes? If not check your saddle position, especially if the nose is level. Also could be weak core
Well it's a fit issue as far as what you're saying. I mean I prefer to be more stretched out and then my CG would be better and I would be balanced better. But since this bike is also my off-road trail bike when I do that type of riding I don't want to put a long stem on so I'm a little more upright which does tend to not have me balanced out as good as I am on my other bikes. But at the same time the answer to your question yes I can ride with barely any weight on my handlebars on this particular bike. I'm not falling forward that bad. I'm just thinking since it's been a couple weeks since I've done a good gravel ride maybe my arm was a little stiff this morning and just needed to get loosened up like everything else on my body. I took this bike single track mountain biking last weekend but I was out of the saddle most of the time mashing on climbs so it's not the same style of riding as I did today.
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Poor wrist posture can cause hand numbness. Your wrist should be nearly straight with a flat bar. If you find that your wrist is frequently bent back while riding, then consider ergonomic grips, such as Ergons, which can be adjusted to enforce good wrist posture, keeping your carpal tunnel open.

On a 3200 mile bicycle tour with a flat bar (technically low riser bar) with Ergons and double wrapped bar ends, I spent less than 10 miles not using the Ergons.
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My right hand tingles the first couple miles and then its good to go...no numbness, pain, or anything for the rest of the ride.
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23
My right hand tingles the first couple miles and then its good to go...no numbness, pain, or anything for the rest of the ride.
Bingo I was hoping somebody else had experienced this before LOL. That's basically what happened to me yesterday. Once everything got warmed up and loosened up I was good to go for the remaining part of the trip. This is just the first time I ever experienced it and had it go away.
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Look up "Cyclists Palsy" for a medical explanation. If you google on this term you will get many articles, all with about the same explanation. I quit riding regular bikes because when you get older and have been an avid cyclist it gets really bad and there is little the really helps.
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Originally Posted by trail_monkey
Bingo I was hoping somebody else had experienced this before LOL. That's basically what happened to me yesterday. Once everything got warmed up and loosened up I was good to go for the remaining part of the trip. This is just the first time I ever experienced it and had it go away.

lol...The thread title and most of the OP make you think first that you're looking for the "why", instead of similar experiences from others. I'm sure others will chime in eventually though, maybe.

Do you wear gloves or no?
I do, and it seems to only happen while wearing them. But its just the one hand, and never actually goes numb. I shake it out 2 or 3 times and it stays gone. Its odd, but I never really thought much of it. Figured my hand was just getting used to the glove, again.
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Originally Posted by Hardrock23
lol...The thread title and most of the OP make you think first that you're looking for the "why", instead of similar experiences from others. I'm sure others will chime in eventually though, maybe.

Do you wear gloves or no?
I do, and it seems to only happen while wearing them. But its just the one hand, and never actually goes numb. I shake it out 2 or 3 times and it stays gone. Its odd, but I never really thought much of it. Figured my hand was just getting used to the glove, again.
I started out wearing padded gloves and then I eventually took them off and put them in my jersey pocket about the time the problem went away. Weird that a glove that is supposed to help you with these problems would actually cause a problem but I did seem to notice a coincidence now that you mention it
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Originally Posted by trail_monkey
I started out wearing padded gloves and then I eventually took them off and put them in my jersey pocket about the time the problem went away. Weird that a glove that is supposed to help you with these problems would actually cause a problem but I did seem to notice a coincidence now that you mention it

I use a glove that has about 10mm of foam padding instead of gel. Its much softer and spread out a bit more than the gel gloves I tried. I haven't found any unpadded gloves that I like yet.

I read that sometimes the gel gloves/or too much padding can act on your hands the same way it does with the whole padded saddle thing. Some people with thickly padded gel gloves said it would press in too much or wasn't in the correct spot and that it would create more issues.

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Could be some compression in your hand,wrist or forearm probably.your hands could be overstrecthed or too far on the bars.
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That's why I salvaged a set of bar ends from an old junked mountain bike, cleaned them up, painted them, and put them on my hybrid. I never really had too much problem with numb hands, but often on long rides my shoulders would start to get sore from riding in the same position all the time.
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