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    Pins and needles in hands after about 15 minutes, what can it be?...

    Hi

    I'm fairly new to Cyclocross and have had a Trek CrossRip for 6 months.

    I mainly use the bike for commuting but love it's versatility however, I am currently experiencing numb hands or pins and needles and wondered if you guys might be able to give me some setup tips please?

    I can post a pic of my setup later if that helps?...
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    Have you had a proper bike fit?

    This your first time with drop bars? Any history of carpal tunnel?
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    Pins and needles in hands after about 15 minutes, what can it be?...

    Hi jcaino

    I did have a full fitting but it is my first time with drop bars with no advice on bar angles etc. I've included a pic so you can see the bike as it stands.

    I have no history of carpal tunnel.
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    I'd talk to your fitter about it.

    Experiment with different hand positions. Do your wrists look relatively straight or bent? If they are bent, try moving your hands so they are straighter. Are you putting pressure on the inner part of your palm or the outer part? Try changing it. Try spreading the pressure more evenly.

    Also, how much are you using your hands to support your torso vs. using your core muscles? Your shoulders should be down and your arms loose. If you aren't using your core muscles enough and putting too much weight on your hands, that could contribute.

    I recently got a fit and found that I had all kinds of bad posture habits. Ask your fitter about posture. I've been working on getting into better habits and a lot of my issues are going away. They're not gone yet, but it's hard to break my bad habits.

    Good luck!

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    Pins and needles in hands after about 15 minutes, what can it be?...

    Thank you, I'm going to bare these points in mind when I next ride the bike and report back, I'll also speak to my shop and get them to check out my position.
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    The bar set up look okay (difficult to know with out a picture of you on the bike) but I do notice the saddle is angle downwards and maybe that makes you place more of your body weight on your hands/bars.

    I will also consider a taller stem, at least until you get use to the postures, that way your hands with need to support less of the load..

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    Pins and needles in hands after about 15 minutes, what can it be?...

    Yes I usually run a completely level saddle that I check with a level however I think the post may have slipped a little so I will check that too. Thank you.
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    Pins and needles in hands after about 15 minutes, what can it be?...

    I'm wondering if flipping the stem might help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    I'm wondering if flipping the stem might help.
    Yeah flip it, at least is free..

    I run "trials" stems in a few of my bikes, they wok great, plus they are super rigid and strong (not like you need one on a street bike)

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    Pins and needles in hands after about 15 minutes, what can it be?...

    I'll give that a go too
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    Too much air in the tires maybe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manning View Post
    Too much air in the tires maybe?
    That's not something I had considered, I'm running 50 psi front, 47 back.
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    Definitely try flipping the stem. Everyone's different but your bars look to be slightly on the low side and they're quite a deep drop bar so your going to be really quite low on the drops.

    I had a similar problem and found the cause of my numbness was related to pain in my neck. A slightly higher bar height and shallow drop bar sorted the problem with the bonus that I felt far more comfortable in the drops and therefore used them more.

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    Thanks Hotdog, I'm definitely going to experiment with the bars too.
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    This is a fairly new bike, frame is alloy. Is this your first alloy Frame? Fork appears to be Carbon? I and a few other riders that I ride with find Alloy unable to absorb vibration transmitted directly to the bars and we all suffered numbness. My group are older riders, most went on to full carbon frames and lessened this problem. I went steel with the same effect. If your earlier bikes are steel and you had no problems....

    If not, forget this comment.

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    This is my first cross bike and as close to a road bike as I've ridden, but the forks are carbon and I don't find the frame itself uncomfortable.

    I'll be riding the bike tomorrow and baring these suggestions in mind when I do, I'll report back
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    I commuted into work this morning on my usual 10 mile route. I took particular notice in my weighting and positioning on the bike and I seriously think that the pins and needles are down to me still being a newb and feeling somewhat out of confidence on the dropper bars. I tried to pay attention to how I was bracing myself and I found my arms to be locked most of the time, in anticipation of sliding out etc. Today was particularly icey and frosty so this was exaggerated even more.

    I found that if I consciously made the effort to ride loose, like I would on my MTB's, my arms had no pump in them and my pins and needles went away pretty quickly.

    I am going to try and put my bars at a different angle and possibly drop my saddle slightly to see if that will help me too, just experimenting really...

    Thanks for your help guys
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    I seriously think that the pins and needles are down to me still being a newb and feeling somewhat out of confidence on the dropper bars.
    Two different things. Your hands shouldn't tingle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Just J View Post
    I tried to pay attention to how I was bracing myself
    Another clue the fit isn't right. You should be able to just relax on the saddle and not feel like you need your arms to keep you in position at all.

    Get that saddle leveled!

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    Jesus you are right, my post keeps slipping from level to that angle, I've just readjusted it and the saddle height a touch to see if it makes a difference on tomorrow's commute...
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    in my case..doc just told me " it stems from your lower back region" posture/ stretching lifting...

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