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Old 06-12-08, 08:57 AM   #1
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Advice needed for an upcoming ride

I just did my first century last Sunday successfully and it seems it may have done some damage to my right ring finger. I have fully recovered with the exception of my right hand ring finger that still remains numb along the edge.

This actually happened once before about 4 years ago, I cant remember if it was the same hand or not after a long motorcycle ride. I blame poor ergonomics on my part after working in front of a keyboard for 9 years and was told I had mild tendonitis back then and spent weeks in psychical therapy till it got better.

Yesterday was the first time I got back on the bike since the century and I felt something like electric stings that were a bit painful around my finger thatís numb. It seems there may be some type of nerve damage.

Anyhow my question today is I have a 65 mile charity ride this Saturday that Iíve raised money for. Would any of you still do the ride if you were in my shoes?
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You can always abandon.

Without knowing how severe it is I can't answer your question. Maybe raise the stem up a bit if you can or, if you can't, get a new stem that relieves a little pressure on your hands.
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I used to experience quite a bit of numbness in my hand or hands. I switched from an old pair of leather palmed gloves to some good gel ones. I know we're talking about different ailments, and your charity ride is over, but gloves may pleasantly surprise you. In my case, a shorter stem was installed around the same time, though I don't think being stretched out made my hands numb. Just some food for thought, happy cycling
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It's ulnar nerve damage. You might try raising your handlebars, or getting a pair of gloves with good padding over the heel of the hand. When you ride, change your hand position frequently, lift your hands up and flex them, move them around, etc.

I've completely paralyzed the outer parts of my hands (pinkie, ring, and the palm area below them) on rides before ... it takes a while to come back, but it does.
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Just don't use gloves, rotate hand position often.
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If you can, have a professional check your fit. Often they have mechanics at these events, so you might be able to get it done there, but I'm not sure I'd put a lot of faith in it.

Otherwise, raising the bars may help. A shorter stem may also be in order.
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