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Old 03-20-10, 09:21 PM
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Numb hand while riding

So like all my bikes I built this one from scratch.
But on this one my hands go numb while riding.
I have tried turning the bars forward, and raising them up to 200mm higher. still nothing.

Is my posture just failing me?
Maybe I'm locking my elbows.

Anyone with ideas?
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Old 03-20-10, 11:33 PM
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Well, something must be different in the "fit", if this one is the only one that does that. Saddle vs. bar height, maybe?
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Apparently you're supporting too much of your weight with your hands and not enough on the seat. Seat height/ fore-aft position?
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For a quick fix, go to the LBS and get some IronMan gloves. They greatly alleviated the numbness I was having and I've heard several other people say the same.
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Dont wear watches or wrist bands. Keep your elbows bent. Change your hand position frequently. Use good gloves.
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just out of curiosity, is the numbness concentrated in your little and ring fingers? Or does it start there? That may be related to too much padding or other issues with pressure on your ulnar nerve. Handlebar style can contribute.
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With drop bars, you can go to several different riding positions. Changing position will alleviate the pressure that's causing numbness. Use all of your bars, that's what they're for.
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Do you have your bars and brakes set so there is a nice flat platform on which to rest your hands? I set up my bikes myself for years without this. After my local bike guy told me the way most people like their bars and brakes set, I tried it. Eureka! My bike is way more comfortable and I haven't had an issue with numb hands at all.
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just out of curiosity, is the numbness concentrated in your little and ring fingers? Or does it start there? That may be related to too much padding or other issues with pressure on your ulnar nerve. Handlebar style can contribute.
That's what I was getting. The IronMan gloves are padded with a gap in the padding in the middle of the palm to eliminate pressure on the nerve. It worked for me. If the OP has different kind of numbness then maybe something else is needed.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I think its a mix of bar/brake lever angle and over padded gloves. I've been meaning to get rid of them for a while and I guess this give me more of a reason.
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Apparently you're supporting too much of your weight with your hands and not enough on the seat. Seat height/ fore-aft position?
+1, I'd bet your seat is too far foward.
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Originally Posted by BigBlueToe View Post
Do you have your bars and brakes set so there is a nice flat platform on which to rest your hands? I set up my bikes myself for years without this. After my local bike guy told me the way most people like their bars and brakes set, I tried it. Eureka! My bike is way more comfortable and I haven't had an issue with numb hands at all.
I've been playing with this type of adjustment too lately. Could you post a pic of your bars from the side? I'm finding pretty good results with having the flats of the bars and the majority of the hoods all in a straight line. Is that the orientation you mean?
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