Author Topic: Numbness, Tingling and Loss of strength in hand  (Read 6569 times)

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Offline dayjack119

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Re: Numbness, Tingling and Loss of strength in hand
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2012, 12:43:19 am »
Google 'handlebar palsy'.  It's a nerve problem from too much weight resting on your hands while riding.  Change hand positions often, raise handlebars or lower seat.  Hands might be numb and tingle for a month or so but the feeling comes back.  If you go too far this way and really screw things up, quit riding.  The damage can become permanent.

Offline JJTom

Re: Numbness, Tingling and Loss of strength in hand
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2012, 11:41:46 pm »
I rode  an upright and had that, but wasn't to bad  then stopped riding for many years, then rode motorcycle for a while and it got worse, (plus my job doesn't help), any how it turned out to be carpal tunnel, had the surgery in both hands and its been great since. Started riding my upright again. Hands were great  but other aches arose  switched to a recumbent and now i'll never go back.

Offline MNRider

Re: Numbness, Tingling and Loss of strength in hand
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2012, 07:41:48 pm »
+1 on getting bar ends if you ride with a flat bar. I've got Ergon GC2s on my flat bar touring bike and they give me multiple hand positions very similar to those I use on my drop bar road bike. On the drop bars I ride with my hands on the hoods probably 75% or more of the time and the GC2s give me an almost identical position on the flat bar.

I think one of the biggest hand and wrist problems is that I see many people riding "slammed" road bikes with the bar top well below the saddle. Great for sprints or short fast rides, dang rough for touring unless you are exceptionally flexible.

While riding I freqently open and close my hands multiple times, wiggle my fingers, or ride on level straightaways with my hands loosely resting over the bar ends. I catch myself locking my elbows when I'm tired and have to fight that tendency or my hands get numb. When it is safe to do so, I'll sit up a bit and take one hand at a time off the bar for a minute and let it hang while doing some wrist movements.

I also think that a lot of riders neglect training their upper bodies and loose strength and support in their upper backs, arms and wrists.
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