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Is this a sign of bad bike setup? My position is nowhere near extreme with about 25mm of spacers. I would actually prefer to go lower if it wasn't for this issue. Its a genuine concern that I won't be able to brake hard in an emergency and changing hand position regularly doesn't seem to work. It then takes at least 3 days to resolve which puts me off training. It may be at the point that I need to see a specialist but thought I'd sound things out here first to save myself the hundreds of pounds in medical fees.
There's many things that can cause it. In my case, the wrong gloves. I need gloves with dense padding that covers the middle of the heel of the hand. Most gloves don't pad that area on the theory that padding causes pressure on the ulnar nerve. I find that no padding is worse.
You will undoubtably be different.
With as much trouble as you are having I would see a specialist and a fitter immediately. Having to take three days off after a couple hours ride is really bad.
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My problems seem to stem from the fingers going a bit tight by the joint with the knuckle. If I feel it coming on, I start pulling the glove off a little and it relieves the numbness.
I can ride the mtb all day happily with certain gloves , yet on the road I soon get numb fingers and can't shift with the same ones..
It doesn't matter about the size of the padding either; I've got a pair of Nike tt aero gloves which are minimalistic, and they're really comfy on the road.
Anyone with a camera phone would do it.
Then check your posture on the bike.
You can post your video clip and have some people here look at it for comment.
I recently switched out my 3T Ergonova alloy handlebars to the LTD Carbon version and it has helped tremendously on the longer rides.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.ph ... st12953035
I was resting the bars on the center of my palm/wrist, not on the bone toward the edge. After figuring this out, I haven't had numb hands (not induced by the cold) in years.
Edit: It might help to know what else you do such as employment etc that might be contributing, or if you've had an injury in the past.
I found my cheap old gloves in a drawer which just have a padded palm as opposed to the super gel inserts etc. on my newer gloves. I tried them and they felt a lot better but my ride was cut short by a storm so can't be certain. When I got home I read that bikeforums post which is very informative so I will give that a go. I tend to have quite alot of pressure in the webbing between my thumb and forefinger. Hopefully a change in habit will make the difference, if not it will be time to cough up the medical fees I suppose.
But simple first step would be to put the saddle back 0.5-1cm and see if this makes a difference. In my own experience it is surprising how much difference such a small change can make.
Also I'd try doing some back extension exercises on and off the bike. On the bike a great exercise is to take your hands off the bars, put them behind your back, sit up straight then bend down to touch your nose on the stem and back up again. Obviously you need to be skilled at riding no hands and in an area with no traffic etc to do this while riding, but I found that doing this a few times as part of a warm up activated my back muscles to take the load of my torso, helping to reduce the load on the hands.
If these and the other simple suggestions above don't work, then I'd certainly not delay in contacting a doctor.
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