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8/31/11 1:55 P

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Good job! The best part of the cycling year is coming. Increase your riding time just a little at a time. Adaption is also a part of the process.

You are smart for knowing when to ask.

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8/31/11 11:14 A

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Woo hoo! Cheers to a simple solution for great relief!

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8/31/11 11:01 A

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Well good news. Adjusted the seat tilt and the stem on the bike and had an hour long ride this morning and no numb hands! Thanks for all the tips!

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8/30/11 6:39 P

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You have a good starting point and good info. Please do a search on Sparks as this was discussed in detail a short time ago.

There has been a lot of discussion on position, sore hands or fingers in the past. Lots of good info.

Check Riding position or riding pain posts too.

Read, think, get a plan, and then ask for help. Let all the info soak in and ask if you don't understand.

Good luck, rock your socks off.

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8/30/11 4:30 P

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Thanks DDoorn! You look amazing (checked out your page).

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8/30/11 4:19 P

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BTW, congrats on your accomplishments, from a 54-year-old who has also re-introduced himself to the wonderful world of cycling!

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8/30/11 4:10 P

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I have gloves - didn't help. I'll find a bike shop and see if I can make sure I am fitted for it. - something I haven't done.

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8/30/11 4:02 P

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Please see the previous post titled "Numb Hands While Riding" you will see a lot of information on what could be the culprit of what you are describing.

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8/30/11 4:00 P

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Do you wear padded gloves?
And just make yourself reposition (as mentioned in someone else's response).


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8/30/11 3:56 P

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I suggest:
1.Your stem may be a bit too long, forcing you to stretch out a bit too far.
2. Your saddle is tilted down too far, making you put too much weight on your hands
3. Your saddle is too far back
4. Maybe you just need to change hand positions once in awhile or try gel gloves.

Try the free stuff first, saddle position and moving your hands. Then buy gel gloves. See if the Local Bike Shop will fit you for correct stem length.
This all assumes that the bike fits you and is set up for you.


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8/30/11 3:56 P

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Two suggestions:

1) vary your hand positions routinely. That may be a little challenging as you have straight handlebars with no drops / hoods for variety, but do what you can to keep your hands moving.

2) consider double checking your bike fitting at your local bike shop. You may be leaning forward too much and placing too much pressure on your hands. A good bike fitting along with recommended changes in the position of your seat, hands, etc. could be your best solution.

Don

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could be apinched nerve..i had a similar issue and posted on here.. Sometimes it's the hand position.. move aruodn and flex the hands... locked elbows will do it.. try to have more relaxed arms... Or in my case.. it's teh train wreck i call my neck..lol.. I pinch a nerve up there pretty easuily so it's all about my head postion.. I'm a bit of sloucher and head drooper.. something my chiro nags ar me about all them time. :)

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TOLLER43's Photo TOLLER43 Posts: 306
8/30/11 3:24 P

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A short history. I am 56 - have lost almost 60 pounds since March with Biking, walking/jogging and diet. I've been riding for a few months now and really enjoy it more than any other form of exercise I do. I made it thru the sore butt stage and am up to riding about 15 miles each morning - moderate hills, in about an hour. Problem I am now experiencing - is my hands loose feeling about 45 minutes into the ride. It is like they have gone to sleep. I have to sit up and sling my hands while riding to get feeling back in them, they get that pins and needles affect. Seems to be more the right hand than my left. Is there anything I can do or correct to fix this. My Bike is a Specialized Vita and I bought my bike second hand and other than this am really pleased with it.

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