I am fairly new to cycling but have managed to cycle some reasonable distances (50/60km), at the start suffered from a sore backside but wearing two pairs of shorts has sorted this.
What seems to be holding me back now is after around 20 miles or so my hands start to go numb and suffer from pins and needles, this happens with or without gloves.
Do I need to change my riding position ? any advice would be appreciated.
Are you using drop handlebars? Vary your position on the bars - ride on the drops, hoods and simply with your hands wrapped around the top of the bars to give some variation.
I suffer this particularly in my right hand riding the track, probably when my grip is quite tight. I try taking my hand off and shaking it just to loosen it up a bit which also helps
Yes they are dropped handlebars and I have tried all the things you suggested, obviously i get some relief when i shake my hands out and get the blood back into them but five minutes later the pins and needles/numbness is back.
I'm wondering am I putting too much weight on my arms, but to put less weight on my arms would mean riding in a more upright position.
Have you ever had any back or neck injury ?
If yes then you might need to be careful as it could be a disc/nerve problem but as said get fitted for your bike would be the first thing to do and take it from there.
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OP, if it persists I would suggest getting yourself checked out at your doctors.
Sounds like you need a proper bike fit. I suffered from something similar until I realised that my saddle position was too far back and thus my hands were bearing too much weight. I sorted it by bringing my saddle forward and working on strengthening my core through specific excercises.
Are you using actual cycling gloves, ones that come with padding?
is your saddle to far back also make sur its level.
no harm putting a good quality gel bartape on even double it up.
be sure your elbows are slightly bent and your nor leaning to far over handlebars.
other than that i havent a clue
Thanks to everyone, I think I'll get a bike fit done and hopefully that will help,
thanks again for all your advice.
Hi Supachip I have the exact same problem fairly new to the sport myself but manged the 80k ride with Nicholas Roche in Cork last week after about 50k I could hardly feel my hands anymore but just ploughed on as there were no stops in that particular ride
I do put this down to a bulging disc in my neck a result of years of playing rugby but I have seen on here a few times about getting a proper bike fit would be well worth the mula best of luck with it!!
Without wishing to appear give medical advice, it more than likely caused by a trapped nerve rather than blood flow.
Not mentioned by anyone so I'll say it. Make sure that your gloves are not too tight or small. Your hands will swell (like your feet) after a few Km's, this can cause the nerves between the bones in your hands to become pinched, numbness will set it and then pain.
Or as Beasty said above gripping the bars to tightly could do the same thing.
Happens without gloves.
As I mentioned in post #5
A ruptured disk can lead to nerve damage which leads to those symptoms, so I'd advise seeking professional medical advise along with a bike fit.