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Left hand numb(10 posts)

Left hand numbJuanmoretime
Aug 13, 2002 7:13 AM
My left hand has been going numb lately when on the hoods. It feels as though my left lever/shifter is lower than my right. I measured it and they are exactly the same as the right, I guess like legs my left arm is shorter than my right. My thoughts are to raise it up and eighth to a quarter of an inch to see if this stops the numbness. Anyone else have this problem and if so what did you do?
re: Left hand numbtarwheel
Aug 13, 2002 7:24 AM
I have always experienced more numbness in my left hand than the right. I'm not sure why, but I attribute it to the fact that I move my right hand around a lot more often due to frequent shifting with the rear derailleur. I shift the front derailleur much less often, so the left hand stays stationary on the hoods for longer periods of time.
re: Left hand numbyeah right
Aug 13, 2002 8:39 AM
I'm opposite, as I am left handed, but I always have more pain in the right arm, because it's almost always on the bars, while the left gets water duty, and when I turn around it's always to my left. I just have to remember to take the right arm and move it around occasionally.
re: Left hand numbms
Aug 13, 2002 7:36 AM
I occasionally get numbness in my right hand. Moving my hand position regularly usually cures the problem. You do not say whether you wear gloves. If you don't, you should.
Yes, I always wear gloves.Juanmoretime
Aug 13, 2002 7:56 AM
As I mentioned before the reach seems farther on the left even though the shifters are in the same place on the bar. The only time I don't wear gloves is when racing a tri and that's using a different bike. I do try to move my hands around quite a bit. I do most things with my left hand but do grab my water bottles with the right. The numbness causes me to ride keeping my left hand completely off the bar a couple of times in a ride. Hey everyone, I do appreciate your suggestions.
i got a new bikeMarcocyclo
Aug 13, 2002 8:37 AM
yeap..I have not noticed hands going numb now. I think my old bike was to big and/or my weight was not distributed propertly. I went down to a 54cm frame from a 56cm and got the new biked fitted and dialed in. Plus I also have been strengthing my back and abs which helps me anyway from putting too much weight on the handlebar.

marco
Call me stupidSteve_0
Aug 13, 2002 9:45 AM
I'm just one of those guys who goes with what works for himself, rather that what a 'system' says...

If dropping to a smaller frame resulted in numbness, what makes you think the 56cm was too big? Was the old frame comfortable?

Where I come from, numb hands aint 'proper'.
what?Marcocyclo
Aug 13, 2002 2:00 PM
Excuse me but re-read what I said. I think I had indicated going to a better fit, which happened to be for me a smaller frame, there has been no noticable numbness in my hands. It worked for me anyway. My hands were killing me before on my other larger sized bike. It was just a thought in case he needed to checkout his fit or position.

marco
Like I said, I could be stupid...Steve_0
Aug 14, 2002 3:24 AM
indeed, I mis-read.

My apollogies.

Steve.
re: Cured my numbness probleb by...DERICK
Aug 13, 2002 8:29 PM
changing the way I sleep of all things. My left hand would go numb after about 7 or 8 miles. I tried different gloves,tilting the bar,changing the stem length etc...
nothing worked. Finally, I realized my sleeping position was causing numbness in my sleep. I would twist my arm around and put it under my pillow. I finally trained myself to stop doing that and within a week the problem had all but cleared up. A week after that my buddy and I did a century and I had no numbness at all. It was really hot and I was really leaning on the bars for the last few miles. No problems. It may not be as exciting as buying something new for your bike but it worked for me. If that is the problem then no amount of adjustments to the bike will help.

Good Luck