Hand Falling Asleep



rsheard

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I've only been riding a couple of weeks and I'm using a Fuji Hybrid with straight handlebars. I'm wearing riding gloves, but my left hand still falls asleep before I've been riding 10 miles.

Anyone else experience this and what did you do for it?
 

emax

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rsheard said:
I've only been riding a couple of weeks and I'm using a Fuji Hybrid with straight handlebars. I'm wearing riding gloves, but my left hand still falls asleep before I've been riding 10 miles.

Anyone else experience this and what did you do for it?

Same thing has happened to me. I have a CF Road Bike and wear riding gloves and my ring finger on my left hand use to occasionaly go numb. This problem has not occured over the last few weeks, I am not sure why though.
 

jrowland96

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I just started riding in the past week... Trek 4900 MTB, but riding it on the streets for now, just for fitness. I was doing between 5-10 miles a day (it's been too friggin' hot lately to do more), but had the same problem. I don't have gloves, and I don't know if it's from the vibration, or if I'm supporting too much of my bodyweight with my hands. It's not so much one finger feeling numb, but kind of a halfway falling asleep of the hand/palm. Then again my ass is sore too, so maybe it's just a matter of our bodies acclimating themselves. :)
 

soonerbiker

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rsheard said:
I've only been riding a couple of weeks and I'm using a Fuji Hybrid with straight handlebars. I'm wearing riding gloves, but my left hand still falls asleep before I've been riding 10 miles.

Anyone else experience this and what did you do for it?
I ride a Bianchi road bike, so I alternate my hand placement between the hoods, the drops and the flat portion of the bars. That usually helps me quite a bit. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if there is a whole lot of room to change hand placement on a hybrid, but changing positions would be my first suggestion. After that, I'd say that you should just make sure that your gloves have plenty of padding, and maybe play around with the tightness of your grip. That's about all I can think of, sorry...
 

artmichalek

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Numbness is typically caused by pressure on the ulnar and medial nerves, which runn down the inside of your wrists into your hands. There are three different ways to approach this one. 1) You can try raising your bars up to get a little bit of the weight off of your hands. 2) Try some different gloves. It's tempting to get the gloves with the most padding, but if the padding is in the wrong place for your particular hands it's worse than none at all. 3) Get your hands off of the bars every few minutes. One at a time just for a few seconds to move your fingers around.
 

soonerbiker

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Also, losing weight and increasing my core/base strength really seemed to help me in this area as well. I noticed that after I lost about 20 lbs and implemented a consistent regimen of situps and pushups, I was able to support my upper body a little more with my stomach and back, and I didn't seem to rest as heavily on my arms, wrists and hands. Taking a little bit of the load of my hands seemed to keep my hands from falling asleep as frequently.
 

LindaNo1

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rsheard said:
I've only been riding a couple of weeks and I'm using a Fuji Hybrid with straight handlebars. I'm wearing riding gloves, but my left hand still falls asleep before I've been riding 10 miles.

Anyone else experience this and what did you do for it?
I get a terrible pinging sensation in my left hand due to an old wound. I managed to stick a knife through my hand when I was making a meal. The whole area really starts to get quite uncomfortable after a while. I just try to live with it.