numb hands

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07/05/2013 at 12:46

I am fairly new to long ish bike routes and at the start of the year acquired a defy 3 composite. My first road bike with drop handle bars.

When i go out for a longer ride - 40+ miles / 2 hrs ish my left hand especially goes numb / tingly. Its always the little finger and sometimes the next one in as well.

The bike is set up for me, via the shop - but they did it with me there - checking sizes and fits etc, but am i thinking this is a bike fit issue?

After a couple of days it goes away again.

Any advice would be great.

07/05/2013 at 13:19

What bar tape have you got ? 

Track mitts with gel inserts ? 

07/05/2013 at 13:22

just the standard - as in factory fitted.

I figured gloves might be an issue as i am still using my old mtb gloves - in a vague bid to keep costs down - seen as everytime i get near a computer i seem to buy something pretty for my swimming / biking or running


cougie    pirate
07/05/2013 at 13:27
Bars too low or too far forward ? That means you're resting more weight on the bars ?

Tyre pressures too high ? You don't get best performance at max pressure.

Mitts are a good idea too.
07/05/2013 at 13:31

i had the bars lowered and it did help the issue, but not resolve it.

tyres are around 110 psi and new tyres means i dont think its that.

Guess i will get the credit card out again


any rec's on mitts? dont you get cold fingers? (told you i am new to all this!)

07/05/2013 at 13:36

New he says...... (he beat me at Chirk ! ) 

07/05/2013 at 13:41

begineers luck!

that was my first tri - but now building to a 70.3 in august.

cougie    pirate
07/05/2013 at 13:46
You should raise the bars if you want to reduce the amount of weight on the front end ?

I run my tyres about 90 PSI and have no problems with numb hands. And I've not sorted out my 2013 mitts yet. Decisions decisions.

If its cold - wear gloves. I've been gloveless now for ooh at least 3 weeks or so....
07/05/2013 at 13:53

I bought a pair in Aldi a few weeks back... Red ones cos they are quicker...


i run my front at 95 or so and move my hands around a fair amount 

07/05/2013 at 13:57

alas you are misguarded in the belief that red ones are quicker.

indeed my black and white theme has been proved to be quicker then almost everything.

other than the 83 people who beat me at chirk

cougie    pirate
07/05/2013 at 14:08
Zebras are pretty fast.

Just watch out for people in leopard print.
07/05/2013 at 14:15

I don't think there's a huge difference between MTB and road gloves in all honesty but you may do well finding some that have an ulnar pad - that's the heel of the hand opposite the thumb.  pressure on the ulnar nerve is causing the tingling - it's pretty common - so getting the right gloves and keeping the pressure off that spot will help

07/05/2013 at 15:07

83 people in front  of him ! There was 186 in front of me.....

Rob cheats tho .... He's a proper swimmer. 

07/05/2013 at 15:10

i might frame that!

a proper swimmer? hardly; you should have seen me at my first open water swim last tuesday then you would change your opinion.

i have yet to see a leopard print bike - athough it does sound tempting

The Silent Assassin    pirate
07/05/2013 at 15:42


07/05/2013 at 15:45

oh my...........

good job its chain up.....

TheEngineer    pirate
07/05/2013 at 15:50


Not many were faster than that guy... as long as you weren't going uphill. Even then he was pretty fast... at dropping out and sitting in the hotel!


On a serious note though, if you find the numbness in the fingers persisting, try this:

Edited: 07/05/2013 at 15:51
07/05/2013 at 16:49

almost speechless at that.

08/05/2013 at 06:59

That's the area of your hand supplied by the ulnar nerve - the one the goes over your funny bone (and causes the "funny" sensation when you hit it). So my totally wild guess would be that the position of your elbow joint is causing it - Ie. the nerve could be getting compressed there. 

I'd either get a bike fit done or ask on the physio chat at the top of the forum. I'm sure a physio would definitely know what to do!  

08/05/2013 at 08:57

not sure if its connected to a sore neck which i sometimes have - as that tends to be on the same side aswell.

getting old sucks and i am 31


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