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Numb Hands.(10 posts)

Numb Hands.gerwerken
Sep 7, 2002 6:23 AM
After about 10 or 15 miles on the bike my hands are getting numb and tingly.

My saddle is level. I change hand positions frequently. My gloves are padded. My position looks good according to my friends (flat back and bent elbows), and except for the numb hands I feel great on the bike.

Any ideas on what could be causing the problem?

Thanks in advance,
Could be neck/cervical rib.MXL02
Sep 7, 2002 6:30 AM
I have the same problem from some arthritis in my neck (no, I am not that is an occupational hazard). It requires that I sit up and do some neck/back/shoulder stretching while I am riding. Have you tried this yet?
bike fit and high blood pressurertyszko
Sep 7, 2002 6:47 AM
A few thoughts. Rarely uncontrolled BP can cause this situation. Go to your doc and check it out (or if you know how, check it yourself) Sounds silly, but I have a few friends who are internists and they see this occsionally.

In all likelyhood your fit isn't right. Don't go by what your friends think about your position on the bike. Go somewhere that has a lot of experience in fitting people. The center of gravity is critical. Handle bar height will also be a big factor.

I had this same problem for about a year and played with my position on the bike often until it resolved (with additional help from my LBS)

Good luck.

Which fingers are numb?Spoke Wrench
Sep 7, 2002 7:07 AM
If it's your thumb, forefinger and middle finger, that means that your medial nerve is being compressed - carpal tunnel syndrome. Grandoe makes a glove that has padding designed to minimize this problem.

If it's your ring and little finger, that means the lateral nerve is being compressed. Specialized Body Geometry gloves are supposed to reduce this problem.

In either event, sometimes raising your handlebar an inch or so will make a world of difference.
re: Numb Hands.zray61
Sep 7, 2002 8:15 AM
This is a product/s that I use that has rid me of a lot of pain.
The company's name is

The problem that is addressed is a pelvic tilt. It seems that most people have it to one degree or another. The solution is to "raise" the right side of the body by 3/32" using a shoe insert, a padded glove and a saddle. The saddle is designed to be higher on the right side by 3/32" and cost $70.00. The package of glove, shoe insert and saddle is $100.00.

My "review" is that it is an amazing product. It correctly aligned my body on the bike so that numbness in my hands left, the pain between my shoulders left(thank god), I becamemore horizontal thus faster, and my pedal stoke became more continuous and consistent, to the point that I built a fixed gear bike.

What is the downside. It is a big one. As you realign your
hips you are also straighting out your spine. You must be prepared to make the change gradually. I over looked this part of the process on occasion and truly regreted it the next day/s. No permanent damage but soreness, pain and extra time spend in bed flat on my back. The upside is it
improved my health, fitness and bicycling.
Before you spend a lot of time and money . . .DCW
Sep 7, 2002 9:57 AM
try one simple thing. Loosen your glove straps. I never had any trouble with hand numbness in 30 years of riding until just recently. I had bought a new pair of gloves that happened to have slightly short straps. When my hands went numb, I can't say why, but it occurred to me to loosen my straps, which were not otherwise noticeably tight. Numbness disappeared. Next ride, I made sure to tighten them again. Hands went numb again. Loosening solved it quickly again.

I mentioned this to a friend who had suffered numb hands for years. He had a habit of cinching up his straps. His problem is solved, too.

Obviously, there are a lot of reasons, some serious, for hand numbness. Trying simple fixes first could be the ticket. I hope it is for you. Good luck.
I agree on the straps...TFerguson
Sep 7, 2002 10:32 AM
I tuck the straps into the glove and do not use them at all. If I didn't use them to hang the glove, I would cut them off. This has greatly reduced my hand numbness.
re: Numb Hands.gerwerken
Sep 7, 2002 10:00 AM
Thanks for all of the advice. I think I am going to play with my position first, by raising the bar a little, and see if that helps. If it doesn't then I need to get a check up anyway, and the LBS is always glad to see me.
re: Numb Hands.gtx
Sep 7, 2002 10:47 AM
Basically, you're putting too much pressure on your hands or you're holding the bars in a death grip. I'd try to relax more and experiment a bit more with your position. Try raising the bars a bit more and moving the saddle back a bit. Might want a shorter stem. Maybe consult someone other than your friends (like a good LBS). Good luck!
re: Numb Hands.filtersweep
Sep 7, 2002 10:50 AM
I doubt the causes are all that exotic... no matter what your setup/fit, it is generally recommended to change hand positions, stretch your hands, etc... a big issue might be that you are gripping your bar too tightly.

Personally, I find that if I am riding on a terrible road, I grip the hoods too tightly and my hands go numb much sooner... if I am on a very smooth road, I don't have any problem. When they start to go numb, I need to consciously make an effort to relax my grip. Switching to a bike with a carbon steerer, bar, and stem has greatly reduced the problem- but I'm not suggesting it as a fix. The dampening encourages a more relaxed grip.

10-15 miles seems pretty early for numb hands...