Chances are you have your seat too far forward and your bars too far away. Look at your saddle setback, you may have to increase it so that you are encouraged to put more of your bodyweight back onto the seat. This can benefit your riding anyway by encouraging you to use your glutes more.
DirtyWorks wrote:When riding a bike, one should be able to rest their hands very lightly on the bars and flap their elbows all the way up into your shoulder 90+% of the time.
#1 check that the nose of the saddle is not pointing down. I see this one quite a bit.
#2 It's possible that the stem is too long. Once you know you are sitting in the saddle with lots of stability and it doesn't improve your comfort, then try a shorter stem. A higher stem might help depending on the frameset. But, try shorter first.
#3 It's possible the seat is too high. But sort out the nose/rear position first. You should sit easily in the saddle first.
JayKosta wrote:Also check the fit of your gloves.
They should pad your hands, but not bind or constrict nerves or blood flow, especially around the wrist area.
The angle of your wrists on the hoods can also make a big difference.
My experience is that adjusting the hoods so the wrist is in a 'neutral position' is most comfortable.
Endwell NY USA
elapid wrote: My saddle was horizontal and pushed as far forward as possible and I had the shortest stem I could get. I ended up buying a new bike based on my professional fitting and have not had a problem with numbness since.
daveinzambia wrote:I have had issues with numb hands and think the gloves are part of the problem.
Went riding this morning, got numb hands about 30 minutes in. after 45 minutes (based on above comment), took gloves off and numbness stopped. still hand issues with slightly sore hands though. think it may be to do with bike position (although think i also have issues with small hands and braking while on hoods)
i had a bike fit last year which helped resolve some knee issues (do still have some knee issues but fairly sure these are caused by flexibility issues which i am working on) and reduced strain on my neck.
so am now worried that moving my saddle back may fix hands but make knees worse. May start out with some very small changes
2beeDammed wrote:I was under the impression that it was a carpal tunnel issue? As we get older the tunnel the nerves pass through gets smaller, causing them to get pinched. Usually most noticed training when you hold the same position on the handle bars for long periods, when racing you tend to move your hands around a bit more and it doesn't seem to happen as often. I found an extra layer of bar tape made a great difference, and I make concious effort to change my hand position.
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