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Numbness in palms/hands...saddle too high?(8 posts)

Numbness in palms/hands...saddle too high?ArvinC
Apr 10, 2003 9:18 AM
Hello everyone. I took my seatpost off my "new" bike for the first time this past weekend to trim it, but forgot to mark it's height. After re-installing it, I checked my position on my trainer...everything felt okay. But, after a 50ish mile ride yesterday, got terrible numbness in my palms. Changed hand positions a thousand time during the ride, but couldn't get rid of it.

Could this be related to saddle height? I didn't feel uncomfortable in any other way. What do you guys think?
bar height?DougSloan
Apr 10, 2003 9:28 AM
The saddle height is determined by leg length, not whatever your hands are doing. The bar height, relative to saddle height, could affect your hands. Get the saddle height correct for your legs. Then, worry about bar height.

Doug
tilt saddle up a little? (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 10, 2003 9:35 AM
re: saddle slopped downcyclopathic
Apr 10, 2003 9:37 AM
if you took saddle out even a few deg would make huge difference. Rotate up 'till happy.
If you didn't move the seat in seatpost clamp just extended post it may cause similar effect /your sitting point moved forward and causes sliding/, but I doubt.
good point; probably the problem nmDougSloan
Apr 10, 2003 10:01 AM
WTF...my saddle was sloping down!ArvinC
Apr 10, 2003 4:57 PM
How it got that way, don't know, but sure enough, there was a slight tilt to it. Flattened it out...hopefully will "cure" the problem.

Thanks for the help, everyone!
You'll know if you tilt it too far up as wellColnagoFE
Apr 11, 2003 6:35 AM
Your private parts will not like it. Keep a wrench with you on the road to do the final tweaking until you get it just where you want it.
Campy or Shimano?Fez
Apr 10, 2003 10:07 AM
Sorry, could resist, from the thread further down the page.

For future reference, you don't even have to mark the height. Once you know your saddle height (from center of BB), write it down or memorize it. That way, if you change parts or if you ride a different bike, you can just whip out a tape measure and dial in your correct saddle height.

Also note the point of where the saddle is clamped on the rails.