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    Default Hands going numb.

    New for 2020: my hands are going numb both on the hoods and in the drops.

    Bars and shifters are in the same position they've always been in. Saddle-bar-drop hasn't changed (and I re-measured just to be sure).
    I've only used gloves w/out padding (a la Fox full finger MTB). Maybe it's time to find padded gloves. To that end, are there any recommendations?

    Also, anything else I should be thinking about? Things I should be getting checked out?
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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Does it happen off the bike when you are sitting or move “just so”. Only asking/suggesting because I had a weird “twist” to a neck/shoulder muscle that was not caused by bike but really came out when on the bike. Was hard to figure out...sorta like a creak coming from somewhere near the BB.
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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Solutions:

    1. purchase padded gloves
    2. move your ass further behind the BB
    3. purchase a recumbent
    4. choose your parents better next time
     

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Well considering the bike hasn't changed, it only leaves one other macro-component that could have changed. Yes I just called you a macro-component :)

    There are the usual changes that occur over time:
    - Muscular changes (more/less and longer/shorter)
    - Tendon changes (tighter/looser)
    - And over use of either or both of the above

    Different gloves with padding will likely help. Shimano used to have a pair that I really liked but I have not been able to find them in a while. Giro has some that have held up also. I find full fingered gloves a little tricker to size.
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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Ride more.

    It all goes away with mileage as your body readjusts to its familiar place.

    Form and fit are forever in flux and in my experience niggling issues like the OP's vanish with miles.
     

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Can you hold a 4 min. plank?

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

     

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Can you hold a 4 min. plank?
    Doubtful. But if that's what it takes.
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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Exactly WHICH fingers are going numb? And exactly WHEN do they go numb (off the bike too?) Different fingers are innervated by different nerves - 1/2 of the ring and small finger by the ulnar nerve and the thumb, index, middle and the other 1/2 of the ring finger by the median nerve.

    Numbness could be caused by any number of things from position of the wrist or elbow, compression to the nerves or many other pathologies.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Can you hold a 4 min. plank?
    It's funny that you mention planks.

    This past weekend my wife gave me directions to clean the basement. Among the items to be removed were some old, oak planks. During the interval when I was removing those unwieldy suckers, my wife stopped me, and chewed me out for leaving my cereal bowl on the kitchen table. I stood there holding a plank for twelve minutes while she un-tethered her demons. I quivered, wept, and cowered, but I held it steady just fine. Twelve minutes.

    Move your saddle back.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorTX-Dave View Post
    Exactly WHICH fingers are going numb? And exactly WHEN do they go numb (off the bike too?) Different fingers are innervated by different nerves - 1/2 of the ring and small finger by the ulnar nerve and the thumb, index, middle and the other 1/2 of the ring finger by the median nerve.

    Numbness could be caused by any number of things from position of the wrist or elbow, compression to the nerves or many other pathologies.
    In the drop it starts with the pinky and ring finger. During a crit it'll eventually spread to everything except the thumb in both hands. It happens when I'm deep in the hooks with my wrist slightly bent or when I'm further back and have a straight wrist. It'll take 20min for numbness to start. Fully numb 45 min in. The last time I experienced something like this was when I had a pair of ergo Prima 199 bars in 2004/5. I've never had this issue with classic bend bars (Shimano or Ritchey)

    On the hoods all the fingers tend to go to sleep together on both hands. Takes 2x as long for it to start. I'm wondering if I jacked something up somewhere and I'm just cockeyed or something.
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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    Is you sugar blood level normal? Itīs a remote possibility but a good opportunity for a blood test.
    I came here for the socks.

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    So...you get it why Stekl says this right? It's all about core. Transverse abdominus blah blah blah.

    If we were doing a fitting, don't ask I quit doing this for $$, and had that complaint the first thing I'd do is determine if your bar height/saddle tilt and reach was in the ballpark...thank I'd have you do a boat pose.

    You getting this?
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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    And if you use a laptop a lot, pay attention to your wrists and heel of the hand. Donít sag at the wrist like you are pushing open a window.
     

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    /\/\/\

    Exactly, j44ke. I was going to say it might be environmental from something else occurring.
    A new job with different body mechanics? A new workout routine with different exercises?
    Maybe some other unanticipated or unexpected neuropathy that manifests itself on the bicycle?
     

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    See if you can reproduce the tingling with some thoracic outlet tests (Adson, Roos).
    Or carpaltunnel test(unlikely if bilateral).
    The planks and downward dogs will likely be beneficial.
     

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    I have some ulnar nerve issues that get a lot worse if I spend a lot of time on a computer. I second recommendations to check deskwork ergonomics if that's something in your life.

    Also, I'm a total convert to the Specialized Grail gloves with the padding in the center. They really work.
     

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    no magic bullets.
    the body is a very complex thang.
    and it changes with age.
    symmetry becomes asymmetrical.
    mysteries lie unnoticed.

    appreciate what you have while you have it.

    no snark here.

    by
     

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    Default Re: Hands going numb.

    What TT said: abs. I've been down this road and it's not (necessarily) bike fit. If your torso muscles aren't supporting your upper body, that job has now been delegated to your hands. Pressure=numbness. More glove padding might help but that's not the cure. Planks and plenty of yoga was my solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WFSTEKL View Post
    It's funny that you mention planks.

    This past weekend my wife gave me directions to clean the basement. Among the items to be removed were some old, oak planks. During the interval when I was removing those unwieldy suckers, my wife stopped me, and chewed me out for leaving my cereal bowl on the kitchen table. I stood there holding a plank for twelve minutes while she un-tethered her demons. I quivered, wept, and cowered, but I held it steady just fine. Twelve minutes.

    Move your saddle back.
    oh, man, that hits close to home

    to the OP: I have had the same problem for many years. Just deal with it. There is more to come, believe me.
     

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