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Hand nerve damage from Riding(4 posts)

Hand nerve damage from RidingBrokemba
Oct 16, 2002 7:04 AM
Looking to see if anyone else had this happen. Rode a good distance a couple days ago almost entirely on the drop down bars. Since then I have not had strength in one hand. It isn't numb, my fingers just don't work to grip properly. Could the pressure of leaning on the handlebars cause permanent nerve damage? If anyone else has had this happen, any remedies? Kind of scary...
It lasted less than a week for me.onespeed
Oct 16, 2002 7:16 AM
This happened to me recently on the FOA ride. 3 days for 275 miles on my onespeed. When I finished the ride I noticed a loss of grip and manipulation in one of my hands (left, the one with the brake). It concerned me a bit at first, but everything came back within a few days. Any longer than that and I would have been at the doctors.

I attribute it to the lack of positioning options I had on the onespeed. I have aero bar set up with only a front brake on the left side. I hardly ever moved my hand from within reach of the lever, because I was always riding next to people and that was the only way I could stop quickly.

Vary hand positioning, wear good gloves, not sure what else you can do.
It lasted less than a week for me.Brokemba
Oct 16, 2002 7:20 AM
Same hand for me. I was in a position that I needed a hand near the brake, and the grip is coming back, but I just wanted to see if others had run into this. I will vary the hand positions a bunch more on the next big ride.
re: Hand nerve damage from Ridingmainframe
Oct 16, 2002 9:28 AM
All good advice above. Additionally, I've found that concentrating on relaxed hands and shoulders really put an end to the whole numbness issue. When my hands are on the bar, in any position, I keep my fingers loose and extended, relaxed enough to play piano keys if a few were somehow present. If wrapped around the bars, I keep them loose and tension free as possible. When in the drops, only the heel of my hand contacts the bars, fingers are fully extended toward the brake levers, and thumbs just rest atop the hands. Its a very relaxed yet ready position with full control of the bike.