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glove recomendations(9 posts)

glove recomendationssceck
Aug 6, 2002 5:00 AM
I am new to road biking annd Im having a problem w/my fingers going numb. Switched to a padded glove and that didnt help. Any recomendations! Thanks
may want to have your bike fitted.Steve_0
Aug 6, 2002 5:29 AM
numbness is not inherent to cycling....its typically a bike-fitting issue.
Aug 6, 2002 6:47 AM
I think Steve is right about this one. Your hand numbness is probably more related to fit than gloves. After battling this problem for a while, I didn't solve the numbness until I raised my handlebars and shortened my stem. Many bikes are set up these days with a large drop between the height of the saddle to handlebar, which shifts a lot of weight on your hands. Try fitting a different stem that raises your bar so it's about even with the saddle or 1-2" lower. A stem that is too long can also cause problems. Your bike shop probably can work with you in getting the correct fit. You also can help prevent numbness by changing your hand positions on the bar often while riding (eg, moving from the hoods to the bar tops to the drops), and by exercizing your lower back and stomach muscles. One other thing that can make a difference is to make sure you saddle is level. If it is lower in the front, your body weight tends to shift forward.
re: glove recomendationsnetso
Aug 6, 2002 5:33 AM
I had the same problem. Switched to Cannondale Road Gloves which appeared to have solved the problem.
re: glove recomendationsLone Gunman
Aug 6, 2002 6:19 AM
Some padded gloves work like padded shorts; too much causes numbness. I have tried and liked Nashbar Fredrick gloves that might have neoprene type padding in a pittards leather palm, big brow wipe on the back with spandex. I think on sale right now also.
Move those hands!MXL02
Aug 6, 2002 7:36 AM
The crouch of the road bike is always difficult and uncomfortable for new riders. Due to trunk weakness, you tend to put too much weight and pressure on your hands, thus causing the numbness. You want to keep the pressure off your hands. One way to do that is to be constantly changing your hand position. Although getting refitted with a less aggressive position may help initially, once you get into better shape, you will probably want to go back to where you started. Move those hands, and keep them light on the bars.
I agree with everyone that it's a bike fit/position problem morebill
Aug 6, 2002 8:01 AM
than gloves. My gloves help keep my sweaty hands from slipping off the brakes/shifters and avoid some chafing on really long rides.
The only thing that I would add to the fit/position analyses already posted is that sometimes you have too much weight on your hands because your position is too cramped; that is, because your bars are too close to your saddle, you are pushing back on the bars. You can experience the same symptom (numbness from oo much weight on the hands) from the exact opposite problem from that the other posters have described.
re: glove recomendationstreeman
Aug 6, 2002 9:07 AM
The infamous Sheldon Brown (harris cycles) has his two bump theory - your bottom has two "sit bones" that support your weight. Gel padded seats can cause more pain because the padding pushes into nerve areas when the sit bones can't do their support job correctly. The palm also has two "bumps" designed to support your weight and keep pressure off the nerves that run up the middle of your wrist and into your hand. If you use too much padding on your bars, inappropriate glove padding, or have skinny hands, pressure is put on the nerve areas.

At least two companies put marketing spin on their glove designs to alleviate the pressure to the nerve points(Louis Garneau and Specialized). The Specialized web site has a full page description of their "Dr. developed" glove. The reviews section about this glove are less than stellar. I'm trying them out - the verdict is still out.

I have seen glove designs of all types, so it is hard to believe any of this. Let's hear from some Dr.'s about this two bump theory.
re: glove recomendationssceck
Aug 6, 2002 7:05 PM
So I went to my lbs and they are getting me a stem that is 10mm shorter to try.