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Numb Hands After Rides(14 posts)

Numb Hands After RidesHot Dog
May 1, 2001 2:36 PM
After my rides, I'm noticing that my finger-tips are numb. Has anyone else had this happen and if so, what are the causes/remedies.
Unless you have diabetes or have suffered a stroke or pluckbill
May 1, 2001 4:16 PM
chickens in a repetitive stress motion, you probably either or both (a) grip the bar too tight (your whole upper body is probably too tight) and/or (b) simply don't move your hands around the bars enough. Change positions more frequently.
Or maybe your hands are just cold.
Unless you have diabetes?Brian B.
May 1, 2001 5:34 PM
I'm pretty familiar with the various effects of diabetes on the circultory system....

I suppose being diabetic would cause you to be more susceptible to poor blood circulation and the resulting hand numbness, but your post seems to indicate that diabetes causes hand numbness in cyclists... ?

I have found that my hands only go numb or tingle when I have been "leaning" into the bars too much- i.e. not supporting my weight with the rest of my body, or simply haven't moved my hands around the bar enough.

I have not yet noticed a correlation between blood sugar levels and the numbness, however.

-Brian B.
It's a JOKE. I did not think that the guy had diabetes (orbill
May 2, 2001 8:18 AM
that he plucks chickens). Sheesh.
Actually, I would think that hand numbness from diabetes is not very common. Feet, yes. Hands, probably not as much.
What I understand happens with diabetes is that, because of decreased metabolism of blood sugar, your capillaries and to some extent the rest of your venous system just don't rejuvenate normally. They stop functioning, and then the nerves die, and it's nasty.
What I forgot to say is that he may just be leaning on his hands too much, which I think a guy posting below nailed.
It's a JOKE. I did not think that the guy had diabetes (orAndy M-S
May 2, 2001 9:00 AM
I think you're thinking of diabetic neuropathy, a condition of nerve damage that occurs in diabetics with poor circulation. It's the circulation that's the problem, and that may have to do with the fact that diabetes is frequently (but not always) associated with obesity. In fact, I would suspect that obesity itself could cause this problem...

Me? 30 years with diabetes this year, no neuropathy, no numbness, not in the hands, not in the feet, no anywhere.
BTW, I don't really consider diabetes to be a laughing matterbill
May 2, 2001 9:24 AM
and I'm glad that you have coped well with it.
Bogus Infogrz mnky
May 1, 2001 5:44 PM
Lots of people have hand numbness and have *none*of the conditions you mention. A lot of it comes down to the individual biomechanics of the rider - I used to get it with my old levers when on the hoods. Switched to new STI levers and the problem was solved.

Open your mind.
I am struggling to keep my mind open to some thought otherbill
May 2, 2001 8:23 AM
than that, sometimes, Mr. Grz, you can be a very cranky fellow. IT WAS A JOKE. Not a good one, maybe, but a joke nonetheless.
I had numb hands on my rollers this morning. Leaning too hard on my hands resting on the tops of the bars, focusing on sweating more than moving hand positions. It happens.
May 1, 2001 7:10 PM
In addition to the above, also check your gloves for poor fit. Sometimes gloves with lots of padding can get lumpy, leading to numbness. HTH.
May 1, 2001 7:57 PM
Also, the padding in the gloves can wear out. Make sure the padding is still providing some protection. I had problems with hand numbness when I was using Pearl Izumi Gel-lite gloves. I switched to the Specialized Body Geometry gloves and that took away about 75% of the problem.
Don't overlook the obvious.shmoo
May 2, 2001 12:01 AM
Just grasping at straws here, and this may not be your problem at all, but don't overlook the importance of fit and bikes setup, relative to this problem. Give the right set up, you should be able to just lightly rest your hands in the hoods with very little weight on your hands. For any number of reasons you could have too much weight on your hands without any way of relieving it, probably the most common of which is bars that are too low for you. You can check this by trying to lift your hands off the hoods slightly while in your normal riding posture. You should be able to do this for short periods. If your really feeling confident clasp your hands behind you and lean your body down into that same posture, and peddle. This aspect of bike setup can be a complex thing having to do not only with bar height, but also saddle height, saddle position fore and aft, and of course your stretch to the bar. It affects handling (weight distribution), efficiency, and long term comfort on the bike. The hand numbness could simply be a symptom of a fit or setup problem.

That said, here's a couple of other things to consider (and again, I have no idea what kind of gloves you wear): As with many things cycling, less can be more. I find very lightly padded or non-padded gloves to be more comfortable than heavily padded and especially gel gloves. IMO gels feel good off the shelf. They seem at first glance to be just what you need. They may even help for the first few miles on the bike, but can then become uncomfortable as the miles pass by. If you feel like you just gotta have more padding, you might be better off by double rapping your bars rather than wearing bulky gel gloves.
As far as bad fit goes, the fix can be counter-intuitive.bill
May 2, 2001 8:32 AM
When I first was set up, I experienced some excessive numbness and upper body tightness that I thought was from leaning too much on my bars because too much weight was over the front because I was too stretched out. The opposite was true. I was stressing my upper body because the cockpit was too small, and I was pushing back against the bars in the too-small cockpit rather than stretching out a little longer more naturally. A 1 cm increase in stem length seemed to work.
Exactly right.shmoo
May 2, 2001 8:40 AM
That's why I think that this aspect of setup can be complex. You may not have to touch your bars to fix the problem. For me, once I moved my saddle down and back a couple of cm each way (I was way off). I was able to relax in the drops without the weight on the hands that I had before. It also helped in relieving neck and shoulder fatigue.
HandsHot Dog
May 2, 2001 2:08 PM
As for the Diab., no, I don't have it, but I think that however posted that as a joke is a real F_CK (message board won't let me actuall spell it without an edit). As for the bike set-up, I'm sure that is likely's my first road bike and I do have a hell of a lot of weight on my hands. Thank you for the advice...I appreciate it.