Numb hands from cycling can be caused by a poor bicycle fit with too much forward pressure or riding on rough conditions under constant handlebar vibrations. This disruption in the nerves can give you pain, muscle weakness and make you loose grip strength. This is a common discomfort among bicyclists especially those who ride long miles.
Preventing Numb Hands From Cycling
- Make sure your bicycle fits you properly.
- Avoid holding all your weight on your wrists and hands.
- Make sure your saddle’s nose is not slanted forward.
- Use bar tape. This absorbs and provides some cushion to your hands and wrists.
- Put on properly fitted gloves with gel protection. This helps in decreasing the vibratory force.
- Avoid extending your wrists.
- Change your hand positions as often as possible.
- When you feel that your hands are starting to get tired, do some simple hand stretching techniques: open and close or wiggle your hands several times to regain circulation.
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Watch this video to learn about what causes and how to prevent numb hands from cycling.