Numbness Of Hands And Fingers from Your Bike Handlebars
Leaving your hand bent and pressed against the handlebars for long periods of time will put excessive pressure on this area, leading to numbness, tingling, and weakness of the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger. The ulnar nerve passes through the little finger of the wrist and hand.
The handlebar shape includes two elements:
The steering wheel lifts and sweeps. Handlebar height refers to the height of the handlebars above the center of the bicycle saddle. The bar rise should be adjusted to your riding position to improve comfort.
Handlebar scanning includes two types:
Upsweep refers to the vertical angle of the handlebar at the grips, and the angle at which the handlebar points towards the rear of the bike is the backsweep angle. Most upsweeps are between 4 and 6 degrees to avoid wrist fatigue by keeping the wrist at a neutral angle, while backsweeps can vary between 0 (for complete bars all straight) and 45 (for specialized bars). Another modification to consider when experiencing numb hands and fingers is adjusting the diameter of the handlebars. The popular 22.2mm size makes the handlebars interchangeable, meaning more options for riders who want to change models over time.
25.4mm, 31.8mm and 35mm.
Larger hose clamps like these reduce clamping pressure due to increased surface area and better load distribution. However, it’s worth noting that the 35mm clamp trades strength and stiffness for increased versatility. Therefore, many riders choose the 31.8mm muffler clamp because it is less bulky and offers better flexibility. If you decide to upgrade your bike’s handlebars, it’s essential to make sure that the new hangers pair well with the clamps.
What can you do if your hand becomes numb or weak?
First, decide the severity of your symptoms. If they happen occasionally or your symptoms are mild, you may consider starting by self-treating and seeing how things go. If you experience hand weakness outside of cycling or severe symptoms, consider seeing a health care professional as soon as possible.
Here are some suggestions to get rid of those stiff hands:
Change hand positions frequently while riding. Sit and stretch your arms and neck regularly, and move your hands from the top and bottom of the hood to the bottom. The longer the journey, the more important it is.
Change bandages, add padding, or buy new gloves.
People can be very particular about how they want to wrap their bars and have strong opinions about gel padding under the bandage! But consider that while it may take some time to get used to new things on your bike (e.g. 3-4 weeks to adjust to a new bike), . A slight increase in the diameter of your handlebar will occur relatively quickly.
If you don’t want to change your bar setup, consider new gloves with more padding.