about numb hands

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Re: about numb hands

Postby galavanter » 7 Mar 2011, 5:02pm

are the fingers in your glove tight or a wee bit short I was out the other day cycling and got a numb hand which is unusual for me and reckoned it was because the finger was just too short and it was restricting blood flow

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Re: about numb hands

Postby reohn2 » 7 Mar 2011, 6:53pm

kenny17 wrote:Get numb hands after 10/ 15 mins riding and is much worse in the cold, would carbon handlebars help ?

can I ask what:- tyres and tyre pressures you're using?
Have you tried bar gel http://www.totalcycling.com/index.php/p ... ncy&id=GBP or gel padded gloves http://www.roadcyclinguk.com/reviews/cl ... 21818.html
Is you're riding position correct and comfortable?
Do you suffer from CTS ?
I cycle therefore I am.

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Re: about numb hands

Postby georgew » 8 Mar 2011, 9:53am

gilesjuk wrote:If using flat bars try Ergon grips.

There's a cheaper Bontrager version too:

http://www.swinnertoncycles.co.uk/Bontr ... ck-On.aspx

After a lifetime of using Drops and now with circulation problems in my hands, I've had to change all my bikes to Flat bars with Ergon GC2 grips. This was after trying Carbon Drop bars which I thought might cut down on vibration.These grips really do work and without them I'd have to give up cycling altogether.

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Re: about numb hands

Postby Neil Holland » 8 Mar 2011, 10:56am

flat tyre wrote:Same thing has happened to me, in my case on my MTB with flat bars. I have put bar ends on and tried different positions with these, also increased the saddle height, hasn't completely gone away yet. I recently purchased a road bike with drops and don't seem to have the problem with these.


On my old Ridgeback hybrid handlebar palsy was a real issue even with bar ends / different positions etc.

Have not had a single issue on the Tifosa Audax bike.

If sticking withe the bike consider butterfly bars, much more absorbing of road noise

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Re: about numb hands

Postby Tangoman » 8 Mar 2011, 4:04pm

I suffered badly with hand numbness touring last summer on drops. I spend most of the time on the top of the bars only occasionally going to the drop position. The problem was completely cured by adjusting the angle of the bars from being a little cocked back to a flatter position. The only way I can describe it is that, when I am resting on the bars just behind the hoods, my hands are now angled as though I'm pushing a wheelbarrow in front of me. Best of luck.