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    numb hands

    Been playing with ideas on how to keep my hands from going numb when riding. I've changed grips, upgraded my bike to one with disc brakes. I've heard that tilting the seat helps so I'm going to try that.

    I'm thinking maybe handlebars with risers could help to. What do you guys think?

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    A low riser bar(15-21mm) can have sweep of 9 degrees or 12 degrees as well as maybe 5 degrees rise which can help. I also use Ergon grips for more support area. Zero numbness.

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    ty. any tips on affordable brands /styles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdeno0001 View Post
    Been playing with ideas on how to keep my hands from going numb when riding. I've changed grips, upgraded my bike to one with disc brakes. I've heard that tilting the seat helps so I'm going to try that.

    I'm thinking maybe handlebars with risers could help to. What do you guys think?
    there could be so many different reasons for having numb hands...i hope it's not that you are on the wrong size bike. did the place where you bought your bike do a fitting for you? this is important.
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    yeah, I'm 6ft and have a Large frame bike... I think I'm getting to much wt on my hands/wrists in my riding position.

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    Re: numb hands

    A little more upright riding position might help. (Bars...stem angle, making sure your seat is not tilted down at all )Takes a little weight of the bars if you're leaning too much on your front and. Look at the Ergon grips as well. I hate them but my buddy loves them he has bigger hands than me.

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    Options--
    Move your seat back on rails or setback post and bars with a shorter stem.
    Drop your seat height.
    Riser bar and rotate it back.
    All will adjust your balance point on the bike.

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    You likely have a weak core and are using the grips to hold yourself up instead of your core. On the flat sections, your forearms should be parallel to the ground.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    numb hands

    I would first try to turn down you brake levers and make sure you wrist is flat with knuckles when your in your riding position. I had the same problem and found my brake levers were just too high.

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    Make sure you aren't gripping the bars any tighter than necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M320 View Post
    I would first try to turn down you brake levers and make sure you wrist is flat with knuckles when your in your riding position. I had the same problem and found my brake levers were just too high.
    Cheapest thing to check. I see a lot of people with the levers way too high. They have to keep their wrist twisted while riding to keep a finger on the lever.
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    try increase the degrees on your stem, it has gotten rid of numbness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisF View Post
    Make sure you aren't gripping the bars any tighter than necessary.
    This is the issue I have on downhill sections - my death grip on the handle bars while trying to modulate the brakes effectively.

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