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Hands go numb?

Old 09-22-10, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
Maybe larger gloves.

One thing that I know will help: generate more power. Your weight is distributed over three (five) points: feet, butt, hands. If you increase the load on your feet, your butt and hands suddenly get a lot more comfortable.

On my road bike, my position is quite aggressive, but I am completely comfortable on training rides and during races, because I spend so much time generating a decent amount of power. If I go on a 30 minute ride with my kids, where I average 30-50W, my hands and butt are killing me by the time we get back.
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Old 09-22-10, 12:54 PM
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man, thanks for the advice everyone. interesting info. my gloves are fairly un-padded (performance terry gloves) so i think i'll have to work on my wrist angle and positioning. i've never heard of getting into the drops and trying to let go of the bars while staying in position so i'll have to try that too. i have a sneaking feeling that my bike is a size too big as well so that might be one of the problems. i've been meaning to get it professionally fit but haven't had the time. guess now would be a good time.

i'll have to try that stretch too. i can feeling back if i let go of the bars and shake them a bit but another couple miles of flats and their back to being numb again. very frustrating.

thanks again.
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Old 09-22-10, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by San Rensho
Sounds like too much weight on the hands. Try moving the seat back. Move it back so that when you are in the drops, you can take both hands off the bars and ride no handed for a short time, still bent over, without falling forward.
not the best advise, the seat should be moved front and back to fine tune you pedaling. Your knee should be parallel to the pivot on your pedal that way pedaling is more efficient. he better go to an lbs and have a fit...
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Old 09-22-10, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by echotraveler
not the best advise, the seat should be moved front and back to fine tune you pedaling. Your knee should be parallel to the pivot on your pedal that way pedaling is more efficient. he better go to an lbs and have a fit...
Common myth. Not a bad starting point, but hardly the final word.
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Old 09-22-10, 03:03 PM
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You are putting pressure on the median and/or ulnar nerves. Don't do that and the hands won't go numb.
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Old 09-22-10, 03:06 PM
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I've had a couple of numbness issues on my hands when riding.

I got the specialized bar phat gel liner for my bars, and that coupled with unpadded gloves helped. You should also vary your hand position a ton while on a ride. Hoods, tops, drops, etc. They're there to be used!
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Old 09-22-10, 03:13 PM
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This is interesting-- I've been riding for 14 years now (as an adult). I've been dealing with my left hand going numb for several years now-- tried no gloves, no padded gloves, moving hands around, etc. I finally rotated the handlebars so the hoods were further down. From some fitting method you hold a straightedge against the bottom side of your drops so it points in the same direction as the bars. You try to get it so the straightedge is pointing towards the rear brake. I didn't get it exact, but before I changed it I was way off. No more numbness- even with padded gloves.
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Old 09-22-10, 03:17 PM
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Check out the picture. Idea is to not compress the two nerves running through the center and between the center/outside of your palm. GL

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if i can piggyback on this thread a bit. I made a bar and stem change recently. shorter stem but I moved the brifters farther down the bar. now the angle of my wrists is actually perfectly straight when before i had my thumbs kinda coming up more. I made this change because I was having trouble shifting in the drops and i read somewhere that the bottom of the brake lever should be close to the bottom of the bar and mine were nowhere near there. now i'm having some soreness and numbness in the hands with this switch. when i first went to my old setup a few weeks ago it was also a bit sore but i seemed to adapt to it. I thought having a shorter stem would make me less stretched out and a bit more upright and actually be more comfortable. is this incorrect thinking?
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Originally Posted by kleinboogie
Check out the picture. Idea is to not compress the two nerves running through the center and between the center/outside of your palm. GL

in other words....

QUIT FAPPIN!!!!!

you'll go blind too...
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Old 09-22-10, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by cave12man
man, thanks for the advice everyone. interesting info. my gloves are fairly un-padded (performance terry gloves) so i think i'll have to work on my wrist angle and positioning. i've never heard of getting into the drops and trying to let go of the bars while staying in position so i'll have to try that too. i have a sneaking feeling that my bike is a size too big as well so that might be one of the problems. i've been meaning to get it professionally fit but haven't had the time. guess now would be a good time.
The Performance terry glove is one of my favorite gloves. But I find it to be very padded.
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Old 09-22-10, 05:08 PM
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Numbness (at least in my case) was caused by excessive pressure on the Ulnar nerve, which runs through the palms. I experienced severe and lasting numbness in one hand and weakness in the other hand earlier this year. I have since fixed the problem by: 1) gloves with more padding at the base of the hand but no padding over the ulnar nerve (creating a void so that less pressure is placed on the nerve), 2) Fizik bar gel, 3) thicker bar tape, 4) looser grip on handlebar, and 5) frequent shifting of hand position on bar. With these steps, I have eliminated numbness.
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Originally Posted by San Rensho
Sounds like too much weight on the hands. Try moving the seat back. Move it back so that when you are in the drops, you can take both hands off the bars and ride no handed for a short time, still bent over, without falling forward.
Id go along with this. Get the weight off the forward fulcrum point and balance.
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