Numb Hands

kirkjr13 Posts: 22
edited July 2009 in Road beginners
Hi All,

Probable an SFQ, but what can I do to stop my hands going numb when i ride? I'm new to road riding and have done a selection of rides from 20-30 miles now, each time I get a very numb left hand which I need to take off the bar and shake to wake it..

I wear padded gloves and have replaced the grip tape on my bars but still have this problem. Any suggestions would be welcomed.


  • Garz
    Garz Posts: 1,155
    Don't grip too tight and make sure your wrists aren't bent up too much, if this doesnt help then its probably a positional matter of the seat/bars.
  • Wappygixer
    Wappygixer Posts: 1,396
    For comfort some people double wrap the bar tape on the top of the bars for extra cussioning
  • soveda
    soveda Posts: 306
    I've just put some gel pads under the tape for this reason, first ride impressions:
    It's taken the major part of the "buzz" off and I feel more fresh in my arms than before but that might be the "shiny" effect of having something new on the bike (like the placebo effect but for toys).
  • amaferanga
    amaferanga Posts: 6,789
    If you need gel inserts or a double wrap of bar tape for a 20-30 mile ride then there's something up with your bike set-up.
    More problems but still living....
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    I bet your front tyre is pumped up too hard.
    I like bikes...

  • kirkjr13
    kirkjr13 Posts: 22
    What tyre pressure should i be using??
  • bobpzero
    bobpzero Posts: 1,431
    edited July 2009
    90 psi ? specialized bar phat tape or fizik gel pads are useful & seeing ive had the spesh bar phat tape on my handlebars for several months of riding, so theres no placebo effect in having a bit of gel padding underneath the handlebar tape. even to the point of not needing padded mitts.
  • kirkjr13
    kirkjr13 Posts: 22
    I'll check my pressures then and see if that helps, think i am probably running a little higher than that.
  • lothian
    lothian Posts: 3
    Try varying your hand position on the bars regularly throughout the ride. When your riding up in the hoods, check that you're not putting pressure on your wrists. Also, try to keep your wrists as straight as possible.

    Frame size and fit are also important so it's worth experimenting with saddle and bar adjustments.