5 Tips To Help Cyclists Prevent Sore Or Numb Hands

published on July 20, 2020

Speaker: Do you suffer with sore or numb hands? Well, if you do, then this is the video for you I'm going to give you tips and tricks so that you can prevent your hands getting numb and sore and get you enjoying your ride again I too have suffered with numbness of hands, especially on those long endurance rides like I did up north riding for 24 hours That got me thinking, how can we prevent it? I'm going to kick off with something really simple Now, newcomers to the sport tend to grip on the bars too tight and this can be due to

A bit of nervousness If you can, try and relax Relax your hands, maybe giving them a slight wiggle to make sure that you're not gripping them too hard Bend your elbows We're not looking for a Chris Froome angle, a slight bend will suffice, and relax those shoulders Now, a good thing to think about when doing this is to engage that core Try and engage that core, and maybe even lift your hands off the bars That will show you're engaging that core and you're not putting too much

Pressure on your hands Now, you can do this on the turbo, that way you're in a nice, safe environment to practice your hands or engaging your core Here we go I think I need to work on my core still Whew Bike setup is incredibly important when preventing injuries and pain If you're new to cycling or you've got a new bike, what I would strongly suggest is get a bike fit If you're finding you've got sore hands or numbness of the hand, what you could do is try these few tips that will help you prevent them Now one of these

Could be that you've got your bars too low If you just received a new bike, don't cut that steerer straightaway because it's cool No, try it using spaces to find the right height bars for you, transferring some of that weight onto the saddle The last thing you want to do is put all that pressure, all that weight, onto your hands and your bars because then you'll find these nerve endings in the middle of your hand start to get too much pressure on and it'll create that numbness, and that's what we're trying

To prevent Try moving up those bars Now, the great thing about road bikes is you can use different hand variations You can go for the tops, the flats, and also the drops Dreamy It's something that mountain bikers don't have that we road riders can take advantage of Make sure when you're out riding mix up your bar position, especially on those longer rides, moving your hands from the tops to the flats to even the drops, keeping it nice and fresh That way you're not putting too much pressure on your hands

If you want to invest a little bit further, what you could do is invest in your bars I've gone for some aero bladed bars A lot of people find these more comfortable There's more surface area and it's a little bit more comfortable on the hands, especially when you're riding on the tops or the flats Why not invest in a pair of those? To be fair, they're pretty quick as well You're looking at creating a bit more comfort on your bars What you could do, a trick the pros use, and also those ultra endurance riders,

Is double wrapping your bars All you need is two sets of bar tape Put one bar tape on and then overlap it with another set of bar tape This creates a bit more comfort for your hands, a bit more cushioning, but it also creates a bigger diameter so it makes it that little bit more comfortable for the hands in that position Then if you're struggling to get the comfort that you want under the hoods, what you could do is use a bit of bar tape or strip and put strips under the hood That

Way you create a bit more cushion when you're sitting in the hoods as well Nice, easy trick If you want to take it a bit further, you could invest in your comfort I'm talking about your tires I'm not saying go for some big, thick, heavy tractor size, oh no No, go for something like this, 25C tires or even 28 That way you will invest in a little bit of comfort so you can run your tires a little bit softer That way you won't have to worry about punches as well and it will glide over those rough surfaces and it will stop all

That vibration coming from the road up to your bars into your hands A really good way to create a bit of comfort without spending too much money I'm riding 25C, absolutely perfect, with a I hope you enjoyed this video If you have, then give it a big thumbs up If there's any more tips that I could have given you that you find helpful, then make sure you let me know in that comment section below I'll see you in the next video Riding time

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