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post #1 of 9 Old 05-28-2010, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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vibration issue or wussy hands?

I have only owned my bike for about a month, and up until yesterday only had my "learners permit" and was restricted to surface streets. So yesterday and today I ventured out onto the interstate. Yesterday it was only in the right lane for a few exits, but today I rode for almost an hour and a half.

By the end of the ride, my thumbs were totally numb and my hands were very fatigued, it wasn't from grip or white knuckling, it seems to just be the vibration. I am an avid mountain biker so I don't think it's a grip strength issue.

So my conclusion (and I really have no experience to be making a conclusion) is that my gloves suck. I am useing a pair of Fox mountain bike gloves, they have some plastic deals that "protect" the knuckles. I am hoping to go down to Cycle Gear tomorrow and pick out new gloves. I don't really want to spend more than $70 or so, but I will do what it takes to get this finger fatigue in check.

So my questions to you:

1. Will a nice pair of gloves remedy this discomfot?
2. Can you recommend a pair of gloves (please keep in mind that I live in AZ and it's HOT AS BALLS here)!
3. Any other recommendations for vibration issues, aside from "grow a sack and quit whining!".

Much thanks!

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Grip puppies....less than 10 dollars. I put them on an its a world of difference. However I also have good motorcycle specific gloves. I wouldnt use mtn bike gloves. I also use full finger year round.

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Thanks for the link and idea! I always wear full finger gloves, but you are right Mt. bike gloves are for mountain biking. I am planning on a new pair tomorrow at Cycle Gear, hopefully they have some nice type of grip cover like those grip puppies. I noticed they have a few things on their website that are similar. I will keep you posted! Thanks again...and I am still willing to accept good glove recommendations.

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Every year when riding season starts my hands and butt get numb pretty fast but the more you ride the longer you can go before it starts to bother again. :mrgreen:

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I have only owned my bike for about a month, and up until yesterday only had my "learners permit" and was restricted to surface streets. So yesterday and today I ventured out onto the interstate. Yesterday it was only in the right lane for a few exits, but today I rode for almost an hour and a half.

By the end of the ride, my thumbs were totally numb and my hands were very fatigued, it wasn't from grip or white knuckling, it seems to just be the vibration. I am an avid mountain biker so I don't think it's a grip strength issue.

So my conclusion (and I really have no experience to be making a conclusion) is that my gloves suck. I am useing a pair of Fox mountain bike gloves, they have some plastic deals that "protect" the knuckles. I am hoping to go down to Cycle Gear tomorrow and pick out new gloves. I don't really want to spend more than $70 or so, but I will do what it takes to get this finger fatigue in check.

So my questions to you:

1. Will a nice pair of gloves remedy this discomfot?
2. Can you recommend a pair of gloves (please keep in mind that I live in AZ and it's HOT AS BALLS here)!
3. Any other recommendations for vibration issues, aside from "grow a sack and quit whining!".

Much thanks!
Cycle gear is no good.

Get proper motorcycle stuff for jackets/pants/boots/gloves etc., would you wear your cycling helmet on your motorbike no, so same goes for the rest of the gear

However, glove fit is very important
Too tight equals numb hands your problem may be as simple as getting a good fitting pair of suitable m/cycle gloves.
My recommendation [as with all things] look at the most expensive, then look at the cheapest, then go buy a pair that is in the middle of the two prices [end result on what you actually buy then usually means good value for money].

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First off, I appreciate that you accept the possibility that it could be YOUR hands (not just the MC).

Good gloves are important, and I use good gloves (I'm a little bit of a glove whore), and the grip puppies, I like the larger diameter. I'm thinking grip, and riding position and riding tension and 'shape' have more to do with it than anything else.

When you are comfortably riding you ought to be able to flap your elbows like chicken wings. Not tight and hard to flap, loose and comfortable.

As an 'in shape' Mountain Biker, you still need to get your abs and shoulders in "MC" shape, it just takes some time in the saddle.

I like to get my hands off the bars for a bit fairly often. I have a (Vista?) cruise lock on my Vee, I use it probably 10 minutes every hour on the straight and wide. Might be 10 1 minute bursts, but you get the idea. It lets my hands relax completly. It doesn't take much to take the pressure off....

I have a tendency to get numb hands when I am really hitting the twisties. Comes from just gripping too hard, but I still do it all the time. I expect to do so today, hopefully 3 or 4 times

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Like BigTom my hands go numb when I ride and I need to drop them to my side one at a time every few minutes and shake blood back into them. Some days are worse or better than others. Sometimes my fingertips will turn white from lack of blood flow. It's caused by the high frequency vibration coming thru the grips. For me a throttle lock is a must.
I've learned that I have Raynaud's disease : http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ray...section=causes
and that it is fairly common. Just holding a fishing rod can make my hand go numb.

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Every year when riding season starts my hands and butt get numb pretty fast but the more you ride the longer you can go before it starts to bother again.
+1 When my season starts it takes time to get back into riding shape. I say give it some time and see if you get used to it. If you don't, then start changing things. However, a good set of gloves is always a good idea (I have like 5 or 6 pair).

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My right hand goes numb all the time when riding. I have tried bar risers, gel grips, different gloves you name it. The3 cause is due to damage I have in my shoulder, kind of like carple-tunnle. On top of that I have arthritis in both hands. To help a little with basic comfort, I added Pro Grip 714 gel grips, filled the bars with BB's (made a huge difference for me) and am in search of a pair of gloves that fit me well. My winter gloves do the best right now because my summer gloves are a little too tight. I also have to "work" my shoulders in ways that keep it in proper alignment. Surgery is the next thing I have to get done. Good luck with your search.

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