Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Touring
Reload this Page >

numbness/weakness in hands after a tour?

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

numbness/weakness in hands after a tour?

Old 07-30-14, 03:40 PM
  #26  
staehpj1 
Senior Member
 
staehpj1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Posts: 9,245
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 156 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
A strong core and possibly pedaling harder, if you are currently taking it easy, allows you to carry more weight on your legs and less on both hands and butt. This can be accomplished without necessarily raising the bars or sitting more upright.
staehpj1 is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 05:18 PM
  #27  
Bike Hermit
ghost on a machine
 
Bike Hermit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 216

Bikes: Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen, Serotta Colorado Legend TG, Rivendell Roadeo, Surly Cross Check, Surly Big Dummy

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
The intuitive response to hands going numb is often “raise the handlebars.” But when you raise the bars they also get closer to you because of the angle of the head tube. Then you risk becoming like a coiled spring and having to use your arms to maintain the coil, which actually results in more pressure on the hands. (that is if the bike’s top tube is not long enough) There is a balance between being too stretched out and too compressed. I like to get the saddle height and set back correct first so that the rider is in a balanced position and only needs to use the handlebars for steering, and not to keep themselves from falling on their face. Greg Lemond came up with a formula for saddle height and Grant Petersen simplified the measuring and the calculating. I wrote these articles about bike fit that might help.
Bike Hermit is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 05:31 PM
  #28  
trevordj
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just a couple thoughts but first a caveat: I am a physician and part of my scope of practice involves diagnosing and treating neuropathies.

This is is likely a compression neuropathy about your median nerve in the wrist. Another compressive neuropathy cyclists are prone to is ulnar neuropathy about the wrist or elbow. The overlooked issue here could also be a cervical radiculopathy affecting the C6 nerve root. Riding in a bent position requires neck hyper extension to accomodate and is also a possibility. There are other more rare focal or generalized neuropathies that could be causing this but ultimately a visit to your doc followed by electrodiagnostic testing would determine if nerve injury has occurred and give an idea how bad it is. My recommendation is not to wait as I have infrequently seen cyclists who had similar symptoms which ultimately resulted in a permanent median or ulnar nerve palsy. There are injections that could help relieve your symptoms depending on the diagnosis. If things are severe enough surgery may be considered as well.

Just some thiughs, best of luck to you.

Sorry if I have any crazy typos, I'm typing on my ipad which doesn't always work out very well.
trevordj is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 06:45 PM
  #29  
BigAura
 
BigAura's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chapin, SC
Posts: 3,381

Bikes: all steel stable: surly world troller, paris sport fixed, fuji ss

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 600 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 15 Posts
Originally Posted by Galoot View Post
This is tempting--but do you ever get numb crotch riding upright on that Brooks seat? If not, did you get it before with a regular unsprung saddle?
Crotch numbness hasn't been an issue before or after. The upright style puts me more up on my sit-bones. After the infamous break-in-period, the Brooks saddle leather molds itself to your specific sit-bone structure. For me the the springs only engage when I hit a pothole or something equally jarring off-road.

The downside to the upright style is firstly aerodynamics and secondarily pedal stroke efficiency. Neither is a concern for me when touring. The additional advantage is field of view, which melds particularly well for me while touring

Last edited by BigAura; 07-30-14 at 06:54 PM.
BigAura is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 06:57 PM
  #30  
kpfeif
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 307
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I also think that bike looks too small for you. Get yourself to a doctor and then stop at a bike fitter on the way home. Nerve damage isn't anything to mess around with, and don't keep riding while your hands are still hurting!
kpfeif is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 07:01 PM
  #31  
Galoot
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 215

Bikes: 1975 Coppi Campionissimo, 1980 Raleigh Grand Sport, 1983 Trek 520, 1983 Ciocc, 1995 Trek 520

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ah, I see. I wouldn't make such a drastic switch unless I was sure that the numb crotch problem would be solved too.
Galoot is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 07:23 PM
  #32  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,398

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6838 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 217 Times in 180 Posts
the racers, remember, are in their 20's and 140 pounds .. you dont have to have such a large saddle to handlebars drop ..

Perhaps you should consider flipping the bike, and get the replacement with a better fit, for you. as you are..


1 free thing , instead of the drops being level , rotate the bars in the stem, so the tops and ramp to the brake levers are Level,

let the drops slant downward ..

Last edited by fietsbob; 07-30-14 at 07:29 PM.
fietsbob is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 07:30 PM
  #33  
BigAura
 
BigAura's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chapin, SC
Posts: 3,381

Bikes: all steel stable: surly world troller, paris sport fixed, fuji ss

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 600 Post(s)
Liked 22 Times in 15 Posts
Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
the racers, remember, are in their 20's and 140 pounds .. you dont have to have such a large saddle to handlebars drop ..
+1 to this

+1 to rest it for awhile

-1 to doctors who use scare tactics yet can't use spell-check

Last edited by BigAura; 07-30-14 at 07:46 PM.
BigAura is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 07:40 PM
  #34  
Galoot
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 215

Bikes: 1975 Coppi Campionissimo, 1980 Raleigh Grand Sport, 1983 Trek 520, 1983 Ciocc, 1995 Trek 520

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I am certainly resting it, I have no plans to get on that bike again until the numbness is gone, but it is mostly gone already. In the meantime, I'll get used to the recumbent that was sitting out back at my sister's property.

I'm not flipping this bike anywhere, I have zero doubt that I can adjust it so that it is a comfortable ride. I just overdid it a bit, that's all!
Galoot is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 07:45 PM
  #35  
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Posts: 41,398

Bikes: 8

Mentioned: 188 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6838 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 217 Times in 180 Posts
the upper curves is where I rested my hands 90% of the time, that rotating the bars part still stands an a suggestion .. based on taking 9 month tours ..
fietsbob is offline  
Old 07-30-14, 08:51 PM
  #36  
djb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montreal Canada
Posts: 8,856
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1091 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 38 Times in 30 Posts
gotta ask, how much do you ride? Was this trip a unique riding experience, ie not much riding then this trip?

In any case, the suggestion of visiting a knowledgeable store with some employees that arent 22 yr old kids, and who really know bike fit, should be a help towards getting a stem sorted out that will bring your hands up (but not necessarily closer).

If you ride very little, or not often, only getting out there regularly will get you stronger, but getting the bike fitted to you by someone who is not a 20 yr old racer type will be a big step in the right direction, the rest of it (getting out there and putting in regular riding) is up to you.
djb is online now  
Old 07-31-14, 12:11 AM
  #37  
Galoot
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 215

Bikes: 1975 Coppi Campionissimo, 1980 Raleigh Grand Sport, 1983 Trek 520, 1983 Ciocc, 1995 Trek 520

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by djb View Post
gotta ask, how much do you ride? Was this trip a unique riding experience, ie not much riding then this trip?

Guilty as charged..mostly. I had been doing occasional rides of 24 to 30 miles, plus a 40 mile ride a few days before starting my tour. Doing 60 miles a day on average was a step up, but I am known for doing the "harden up" approach and gutting through such things. The next time, I'll take it easier the first few days. This was a good experience for me overall.
Galoot is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
hobkirk
Training & Nutrition
24
08-21-14 09:42 AM
Mort Canard
Classic & Vintage
1
04-20-12 08:41 PM
jslug1234
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
56
09-11-10 11:02 PM
jwa
Great Lakes
1
02-22-09 02:14 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.