Over the weekend I got a pair of baggy padded shorts and a pair of gloves. The shorts were a great addition and I remember thinking after my ride yesterday that I was not uncomfortable. In regards to the Carpel Tunnel, the gloves helped but not sure they are the correct ones, or any will eliminate it with out surgery. I also adjusted my grips and am working on holding on with my right hand so I can give my left a rest.
Also, what kind of bike do you ride? If you have a 1 1/8" threadless stem try different stem and handlebar options. A lot of newer mountain bikes are 31.8mm older ones are 25.4mm. If you have drop bars (road bike), I got nothing for ya.
I have Ergon GP1s on both of my bikes. I LOVE them. There are shifter specific models. I have grip shifters on my commuter and index shifters on my mountain bike. They are bolt on which is awesome, no more hair spray. One of my bikes has the bar ends built in. Expect to pay $30 for them.
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I get finger numbness when I wear the wrong gloves, counterintuitively it happens when I wear gloves with more padding, I don't know why. Some things to try:
Have the bike fitted so you are not putting too much weight on your hands. Core strength training will help this too.
Change up your hand position often. This is easy to say but I tend to get focused on other things and forget to move my hands.
Try a different pair of gloves, there are lots of kinds & different padding & sizing. I don't like mine too padded, but I try to get padding right over where the base of the palm meets the wrist. I also don't like them too tight.
Try wearing the wrist guard at night. If my wrists get too sore or my fingers get tingly in the night, wearing the guard for a couple of nights seems to releive whatever is compressing in there.
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Wow! I don't have this problem, but when I googled carpal tunnel and cycling I got a lot of hits. It appears cyclists can develop this problem if care is not taken preventatively. Here are some of the links I found which might be of use:
"You can overcome or prevent overuse injuries altogether by making some adjustment to your equipment and behavior. Adjusting the handlebars, the seat, and the pedals to your fit is the key to preventing most overuse injuries. Adjust the bike so you sit in a more upright position, taking the weight and pressure off your hands and wrists. Take a rest during long rides and change your hand position on the handlebars often. Shift your weight from the center of your palms to the outside edge of your palms as often as possible. Wear padded gloves and add handlebar padding to your bike to help protect your hands from injury. The padding absorbs the shocks and jolts from the road, limiting the stress transmitted to your hands. Your hands will also be able to handle the stress from the roads much better if you complete a short session of hand and wrist stretches before hitting the road."
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