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Numbness in hand(5 posts)

Numbness in handisusteve
Sep 18, 2003 6:49 PM
I'm new to road biking...have an old Trek mountain bike with 1800 miles on it...Purchased a Trek 1000 road bike, and 5 miles into each ride, my right hand pinky, ring, and middle finger become numb...

Am I a wimp, or are there adjustments to the seat height, or handlebars I can make to prevent this from happening...

It doesn't happen with the left hand, but I usually don't use the front breaks...

Maybe I should start taking more asprin to thin the blood..who knows??
re: Numbness in handPatC
Sep 18, 2003 9:03 PM
"It doesn't happen with the left hand, but I usually don't use the front breaks... "

Why, do you always start your workout riding a 5 mile downhill ? Then, imagine what it will be like after riding down the Galibier !
Move your handmickey-mac
Sep 18, 2003 9:24 PM
Even if you don't use the front brake, move your left hand around on the brake hood and bar while riding. This may take care of the problem. Does your fit on the bike feel right? If not, you may be able to take care of the problem by getting a professional fit. Finding the right position on the bike takes a while. You may resolve the hand numbness and become uncomfortable or numb somewhere else. Keep working at it and good luck.
re: Numbness in handyellowspox
Sep 19, 2003 1:29 AM
Sounds like a restriction of the ulnar nerve. Likely areas are the hand, elbow, and shoulder. They have various gloves on the market that claim to have special padding to protect the ulnar nerve but I've not had much success with them. I've gotten some help by double wrapping my bar. Your best bet is to just keep moving your hands around to various locations as you ride, try not to lock your elbows, and keep working with your bike fit adjustments....just a bit at a time. Better yet, spend a few bucks and get a bike fit at a reliable LBS.
is worth 2 in the bush_rt_
Sep 19, 2003 8:14 AM
pressure on the ulnar nerve could be your problem. you may be locking out your right elbow or leaning more heavily on your right hand. or the fit of your bike might not be right. you might want to have someone at a shop look at your fit and position on the bike.

why don't you use the front brake? as long as you don't grab a big handful of front brake and no back brake you're not going to endo. it will make slowing a lot easier for you if you use *both* brakes.

rt