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Hand tingling(8 posts)

Hand tinglingchazman
Oct 7, 2002 11:55 AM
I am new to the road bike thing and have a carbon fiber bike. I notice that on moderately rough pavement my hands tingle after a ride. I have Race-X-Lite wheels and think maybe that they are the cause since they are so stiff. I don't want to toss them so do you think going with a carbon fiber handlebar would help? Which model?

Thanks.
re: Hand tinglingjtolleson
Oct 7, 2002 12:15 PM
CF bars may make an incremental difference, but bar tape, proper gloves, and a good setup have a lot more to do with hand comfort/numbness prevention than bars do.

You may want to get a thorough fit analysis first. I assume you have a good cork tape on the bars already and decent gloves?
re: Hand tinglingGMS
Oct 7, 2002 12:19 PM
Lowering tire pressure by 5 psi would make more of a difference than wheels, probably.

I can't say much about handlebar comfort since I have no experience with such problems. I hold on loosely. But you should be confident that the wheels are not the problem.
You have a great point.....Dave Hickey
Oct 7, 2002 12:30 PM
If the roads get rougher, make sure you're not using a death grip on the bars. Try to keep as loose a grip as possible. Also, if your hands tingle or go numb, try bending your arm and touch your shoulder with your hand. Do this a couple of times. Bending pumps blood into your hands.
re: Hand tinglingChunky
Oct 7, 2002 1:09 PM
I use both Open Pro and Race X-Lite wheelsets. My hands don't complain one way or the other. I agree with other posts. Handlebar set up, brake hood position, and how tight your grip is make more difference than the wheels.
re: Hand tinglingShadow11
Oct 7, 2002 1:29 PM
have you had this problem with other bikes? I've noticed since i got back into riding a few years ago that it was a new issue for me..and i raised my STI levers up a bit..its helped..as has going back to a bar with a bit less reach..

you may also want to try out those Specialized BG gloves..supposedly they help people with these issues...
re: Hand tinglingMXL02
Oct 7, 2002 1:37 PM
If you have a carbon fiber bike, I don't think it's the wheels or even the rough pavement, it's your technique...you need to grip the handlebars more lightly, and put more wt on the saddle, less on your hands. This may require you to build up more trunk muscle strength. I had the same problem when I first started...one thing to try is to refit the bike to a less aggressive riding posture. Then as you get experience and fitness, lower the bars. Hope this helps.
re: Hand tingling=numbness?mahoneyjoe
Oct 7, 2002 1:55 PM
If so, a tip I got from this board a month ago may help--loosen the straps holding your gloves on; almost immediately I got significant relief from numbness in the fingers.