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Old 06-05-07, 03:11 AM
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Hand numbness.

So I was wondering if anyone here had some advice for someone who experiences numbness in their hands.

My right hand tends to get tingly and numb after an appallingly short time on my road bike (never so on my mountain bike). I'm talking under 10 miles of riding and I'm constantly changing position, shaking it out, etc.

My bartape is starting to come off my bike and it's the stock tape. could that have something to do with it? Is there a certain kind of bartape I can purchase to help prevent this?

I'm going to do my first 110 mile ride in a month and I'm hoping to get this fixed before then. If it bugs me so much on my 30 mile rides I'm positive it will be a huge ordeal during a century.
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Old 06-05-07, 04:45 AM
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Here you go. Click on USA, and it will take you right to it...

https://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...84&language=US
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Sound like Radial-Ulnar Neuropathy. I have this permanently, from braking my hand/wrist too many times (I guess once is enough, but I decided 5 more times would be perfect).
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Old 06-05-07, 05:15 AM
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I recently had a bout with numb hands. I bought some new, gell well padded gloves, which seemed to make the matter worse. I then switched back to some older thinly padded gloves, which helped. Finally I dropped my handlebars a bit, just so that the bars before the hoods were very slightly down. Feels much more comfortable this way, and the numbness is gone.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-05-07, 05:23 AM
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Faust: I recently raised my handlebars a bit, because the LSB told me that part of the problem might have been I was leaning forward too much and putting too much weight on the bars. But it hasn't helped my hand's numbness; if anything, i think it made it worse.

I'll try riding without gloves and see if it makes a difference.
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Old 06-05-07, 05:26 AM
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The lower I go, the less pressure I put on my hands. If I bend lower my lower back is taking more of the weight.

Your mileage may vary.

Are you wearing gloves?
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Old 06-05-07, 05:30 AM
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Good idea without gloves. While wearing the gel gloves, and getting really numb, I decided to go bare and that really helped. I suppose the gel was pressing into nerves and making matters worse.

I did notice after I lowered the bar hoods slightly below level that it felt as though there was considerably less pressure on my wrists and grip. Seems like ElJamoquio had a similar experience with lower bars.
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Old 06-05-07, 05:40 AM
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Interesting. I'll try lowering the bar hoods a bit from their current level.

I wear gloves at the moment, but I'll try it without them when I ride next. Also, I'll try grabbing some of that Specialized gel tape stuff to replace my tattered stock tape.
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Old 06-05-07, 05:44 AM
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Hope we are on the same track. I didn't lower or raise my bars, just changed the angle of tilt!
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lose the gloves, i did, and it went away...

i've been using gloves since i started riding last year, and have almost always had some type of numbness in my hands from riding. i've tried everything from PI, to Specialized, to LG, and everything for the most part caused numbness. even though they feel really comfortable off the bike, they didn't on the bike. i didn't notice much when i was using full finger gloves in the winter, but when i use fingerless gloves in the warmer months, it always happened. then, a few weeks ago i decided to ride without gloves, and i didn't get a single bit of numbness. i haven't gone back to using gloves ever since.

one thing though, just make sure you put sunblock on the back of your hands if you plan on riding without gloves, otherwise the back of your hands may burn...
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Originally Posted by Faust
Hope we are on the same track. I didn't lower or raise my bars, just changed the angle of tilt!
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Changing the height of the bars does the same, but affect other aspect of your riding position which may cause other issues. Best to set the tilt with a neutral wrist position.
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Are you locking your elbows when you ride? I catch myself doing that sometimes and I remember to just lay my hands on the hoods and keep my arms loose.
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You can give yourself the "stranger" now.
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Are you just putting too much weight in general on your hands? Could be other fit issues causing this - saddle too far forward etc. Sounds like some sort of fit issue since you don't have the same problem on your mountain bike.
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Joplin eh? My wife's family is in Nevada, MO just a short drive away. If you get the chance, go eat at the Cherry Street Grille, which is their restaurant.

I have arhtritis so get numb hands once in a while, including when I sleep at night. Wish I knew the solution. Generally it's too much pressure on a certain part of the hand, which could be from direct pressure or from having the hand at a strange angle. I try to ride with my hands resting lightly on the top bar (assuming I don't have any need for brakes at the moment). When I use the hoods for too long they tend to get very sore.
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Originally Posted by VT to CA
Here you go. Click on USA, and it will take you right to it...

https://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCEqP...84&language=US
I tried the Aztec wrap (similar to the Specialized) in my (seemingly) never-ending efforts to overcome a slightly less severe version of the same problem to no effect. I'm still experimenting with stem length and bar height. I'm also adding a carbon fork to my currently all-aluminum Klein, hoping that will help. Also waiting on some non-gel gloves. Some of my numbness seems to be related to holding tension between my shoulder blades--when I remember to keep them relaxed, not bunched up toward the spine it seems to help. Good luck--if you find a solution be sure to post it--I'll do the same.
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I had numbness in my hands, but what help me was going from standard gloves to ones with the gel pads on the outside of the palms. Just another data point...
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I went from riding aluminum to CF / Steel -- no more numbness
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Drop bars on a road bike allow shifting your hands to several different positions. Shifting hand positions allows blood to flow alternately to different areas of the hands. It also shifts pressure on nerves reliving pressure in parts of the hands between differing hand positions. Are you shifting too different hand positions as you ride? If not try doing that.
My touring bike had a straight bar that never allowed shifting hand positions and so I had severe hand problems after covering several hundred miles over a period of several days or a week. The solution was a switch to Trekking bars purchased from Bike Nashbar. I never have hand problems on the touring bike now simply because I have many differing hand positions available with that Trekking bar.
I'm not suggesting you put Trekking bars on your road bike! I'm just using it as an example of why you may need to switch between differing positions on your drop bars and not just ride using only one position on the bars.
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A couple articles that might help:

https://www.ultracycling.com/equipmen...f_contact.html

https://www.cptips.com/handsyn.htm

Also, when my hands go a little tingly, I put my arm behind my back, at the waist, so that my arm is in the shape of an L (or a backwards L depending on the arm) ... basically the British cyclist's hand signal for "I'm pulling out in the direction my fingers are pointing because there's a parked car in front of me". Just hold the arm there for a few seconds and life returns to the hand.
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Wing style handlebars help a lot if you ride with your hands on top of the bars. The flat areas distribute pressure over a larger area of the palm. Moving your seat back a bit can also take weight off your hands. Try to keep your elbows slightly bent as well.
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1. Gel under my handlebar tape
2. Carbon bars
3. My hands toughening up from riding

Those three took care of it for me.
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I get tingling numbness in my hands on longer rides (100 miles+). My fit seems dialed in, but I think after a certain distance, fatigue becomes a factor & you start to put more and more pressure on your hands.

I think the only real cure for this in my case is switching hand positions frequently and being ever vigilant about not gripping the bars too tightly.
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