i just shifted from a trail bike to an XC bike. is numbness normal or a get-used-to-it feel in the arms with a straightbar?...is it the straightbar (turbolite) or perhaps the fork (entry level marzocchi MZ comp)?
it's normal, it think, to an XC bike. i get that feeling too, whenever we hit the road and go to far places. numbness starts after 8 to 10 kilometers. not only that. i get to have that feeling on my testicles too... hehehe! but after recovery, all comes back to normal.
I still encounter hand numbness , especially on the left hand. Still making adjustments to my riding position to mitigate it. Testicular paresthesia is very weird. Used to occur often during my first few rides, but eventually disappeared. Hasn't occured since.
I'm using a mid rise bar and still getting numbness. Try getting bar ends so allow for more hand positions.
yup. and thicker gloves. you're probably putting a lot of pressure on the nerve on the outside portion of your hand. other options are raising your handlebars (more spacers or 15-30 degree stem) or shorter stem. anything to reduce the pressure on your palms. handlebar with greater sweep.
yup. i have 3 spacers inbetween and a shorter stem. a thin grips with but no bar ends... my saddle is an inch higher than the stem. im 5'7" with a medium sized frame... hope this will help to my inquiry... thanks bros.
your setup seems ok, but hard to tell without seeing you on the bike. does the numbness occur while on long climbs or long straights only? are you a sit and spin climber? if so, and the trails are not technical, try riding with your weight on your fingers instead of the palms... periodically changing hand positions helps me.
daimler - even temporary numbness in your testes is not good, you're well aware of that fact. try adjusting your seat or get one that works for you. spend the money if necessary on a good seat. I like WTB Rocket series seats.
I think this is normal on xc set-up because the weight of your upper body falls on the hands.especially during long trail (even road) rides. the straight bar is not to blame but bar ends can help to have option to change hand position . yes and familiarity of one's body to tacke long rides will help. so need more time to spend on top of the saddle.
when i change my high rise bar to straight bar i always feel this numbness, that's why i install a bar ends, its helps but still i feel the numbness esp in long distance ride. the remedy that i did is changing the position of my hands, on bar ends, on DCL, freehands & sometimes my palm is facing upward, but still after a awhile the numbness occur. i think this is normal on long rides. if anybody there got the right technique to avoid this, please share with PinoyMTBiker.
1.) relax your hands - don't grip too hard 2.) relax and bend your elbows 3.) relax your whole upper body 4.) when you do not need to steer the bike - you can just hunch your fingers over the handlebar and steer with your fingers, this relieves a lot of pressure on the hands
bar ends really is a big help...& proper bike fitting as well...its not about custom made frames or stems,but the right mix of parts to compensate the existing Seat tube length, Top tube length, Saddle height, Stem length & Degree of rise
..this bike fitting tool is for road bikes but i think this will do good as well on mtbs...
if you are feeling some numbness in your hands, fingers etc on rides and tried adjusting everything... try to see if your URIC ACID is at normal and one thing is VITAMIN B deffienciency... Im suffering from this case... for just two minutes If my URIC acid is really high and my Vit B is very low...and I'm riding my bike or playing tennis.... my right hand instantly gets numb
numbness any where in your body is not normal. if the bike is causing it then you have to make some adjustment in the bike. If the rider is the one causing the numbness, like when holding the handle bar too tight, then the rider should try to be more relax.
I experience numbness in my hands after riding about 10kms or so on the road. Funny thing is, I don't experience it when I'm riding the trails. Also, it doesn't seem to matter which bar you use, straight or riser, I still get that feeling just the same. What helps me are the following:
1. keep moving your hands in different positions. 2. don't grip the handlebar too tight 3. try not to lean to much on the handlebar 4. use your fingers instead of your palm (when it's safe to do so) 5. hold the ends of the bar (imaginary bar ends)
What I've tried before that may or may not have helped.
1. use a longer stem 2. use a straight bar 3. use thinner grips 4. raise my seat post 5. bent my elbows
Not sure if any of the 5 above actually helped, but the numbness isn't as bad as it was before.
aside from troubleshooting your riding position, you can also try strengthening your forearms, wrists and your grip with various exercises (stress ball, powerball, light dumbbells)...
you mentioned numbness in the arms - are your elbows locked? try keeping them bent and relaxed...and bend at the waist instead of hunching your back. Did you compensate for the lower flat bar (vis-a-vis the riser bar) by putting spacers underneath your stem?
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