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Hands going numb on rides road and MTB

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Milzy, 21 Apr 2017.

  1. Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    Why do I keep getting pins and needles or complete numbness in my hands whilst cycling? I always have the best bar tape or grips.
    If it doesn't stop I'll have to pack in cycling.
  2. Tim Hall

    Tim Hall Guru

    Or get a recumbent.

    But before that take a look at your position. Possibly raise the bars a bit (easy with a quill stem, not so easy with a threadless stem), to change your weight distribution. I find padded mitts also help. Does your job involve power tools and Hand Arm Vibration?
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  3. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Get a specialist cycling physio to do a full bike fit :smile: and a full check of you, especially your neck
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  4. Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    Occasionally use power tools such as grinders.
  5. Low Gear Guy

    Low Gear Guy Active Member

    Have you tried using different hand positions when using drop handlebars? Are putting your weight onto the front instead of the saddle?
  6. ColinJ

    ColinJ Slow Hill Climber/Station lift avoider!

    Vibration(-induced) white finger? :whistle:

    (I heard a union rep talking about that years ago and looked it up.)
  7. Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    Maybe too much weight on front.
  8. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    Could you move your saddle back to lessen the weight on your hands? Sounds illogical I know, but that's how the cookie crumbles.

    I had white finger just over 10 years ago. It's debilitating. Good luck sorting it out.
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  9. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Last edited: 21 Apr 2017
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  10. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    South Manchester
    What this lot say. I tend to get numb hands on the MTB if I'm not MTB'ing - i.e. smooth surfaces. It's often the lack of hand positions. I'm fine on the rough stuff as you tend to be moving about the bike more. I don't have issues on my road bikes because of the extra positions.

    What type of bike is it - hybrid/flat bars or road bike with curved bars ?
  11. Milzy

    Milzy Über Member

    Curved on road. Doesn't happen on MTB as much.
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It! Staff Member

    South Manchester
    Position on the bike could be out. Are you putting weight through your hands on the road bike ? Where do you normally hold the bars ? I use hoods mainly.
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  13. 400bhp

    400bhp Guru

    This is what you should look at first.
  14. MikeG

    MikeG Veteran

    I used to suffer from this in both hands. A year or 18 months back I had a carpal tunnel operation on my right hand, and now suffer only in my left hand. So, in my case, it is fairly clear that carpal tunnel constriction is the cause, not the neck/ shoulder problems I had always thought. As with any medical advice online, take this, and everyone else's, with a huge pinch of salt and get a doctor to have a look.
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  15. ColinJ

    ColinJ Slow Hill Climber/Station lift avoider!

    You know what the problem was, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you know what caused it.
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