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4/15/10 3:20 P

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4/15/10 2:05 P

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Thanks for the advice!

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BIGRED721 Posts: 126
4/15/10 10:43 A

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Cycling girl - Yes, get fitted at your LBS and my advice would be to also learn how to make the adjustments yourself. It sounds like the pitch of your seat has the nose too far down, resulting in your arms taking too much weight. I have found that when I get a new saddle (or bike) I am constantly tweaking with the pitch of the saddle for at least a month until I can find the perfect balance. Make any changes in teeny tiny increments (we're talking milimeters here). Have patience - you'll find the perfect position eventually!

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4/15/10 9:27 A

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My advice--get fitted by someone else, if you can. And even if it by the same person, explain your type of riding and the issues you are having. Adjusting a bike so your hands don't get numb is an important part of the fitting process! You probably don't want to ride in such an aggressive position. Your hands will probably feel better if your handle bars are higher (this equates to less pressure on your hands).

I have a cyclocross bike and a road bike. At one point I had numbness issues as well (on both bikes). But we tweaked the fitting, and now I am pedalling away! I still don't ride without gloves, though.

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4/15/10 5:58 A

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Last summer my husband bought me an expensive road bike for my birthday. I've always had a cross bike. I feel so bad I've hardly used it, my hands go numb with or without gloves. I was set up by an iron man type of guy who sells bikes here and rides a lot. I'm scared of the clip on shoes and pedals. I don't have them right now and don't know if I want to risk falling. I have a lot of issues with tendonitis in wrist and elbows. I want to get out there and ride so bad. I go to the Y here and I see a lot of people riding and I want to go but I can't with numb hands. Any suggestions from anyone would be appreciated.

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4/14/10 8:25 P

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You do get a lot more power with clipless. I have to unclip whenever I think I may have to stop, but love the extra power I get.

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It's amazing what clip pedals and shoes can do for you going up a hill in 15 mile an hour winds. I just love the power they give you! Enjoy and pedal strong and safe. emoticon

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4/14/10 6:47 P

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So last year i started cycling again.. I bought a Specialized Hybrid and the moment I took it out I loved the sport/ hobby.
After a year of riding I went out and bought myself a pair of cycling shoes.
Best move I ever did since I started to bike..
Even tough it set me back 150.00 (including new pedals also) i went out and rode 22 miles today and what a difference.
The power i got from my legs to go up the hills and into a head wind of about 15 mph felt great.
Yesss, I did manage to fall over once at a stop sign, and yes people were watching but luckily I fell to the right onto someones lawn. I quickly got back on my bike and pedaled off laughing to myself. people told me I would fall a few times and of course I did lol..

I bought Specialized Tahoe shoes and SPD PD-m520 pedals.I can't wait to get out again soon



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