Why do my fingers tingle when cycling?
A relatively common complaint among cyclists known medically as Ulnar neuropathy but also as handlebar palsy. It’s caused by compression of the ulnar nerve, which enervates your ring and little finger, and manifests in the fingers as tingling, numbness or pain or weakness in the hand.
How do I lower the pressure on my hands when cycling?
If you are feeling heavy pressure through your hands at this intensity, it’s likely there’s a problem with your current bike fit.
To avoid these, consider the following adaptations:
- adjusting brake lever position.
- swapping to a shorter stem.
- handlebars with a shorter reach.
- or changing to a smaller bike size.
Do bike gloves help with numbness?
Apart from offering protection against numb hands, cycling gloves also help to increase the grip on the bars. Bare, sweaty hands on a hot day can be a recipe for disaster. The extra grip from a cycling glove goes a long way to preventing accidents from losing grip on the bars just when you need it most.
How long does cyclist palsy last?
The condition is temporary but symptoms can last for up to eight weeks if the compression of the nerve is sustained over long periods or days without rest. What then becomes necessary is modification to bike handling, bike fit, or accessory support.
Why do my hands hurt from biking?
The hand contains two nerves, the median and ulnar nerve, that control the ability to bend your fingers and wrist. Bikers who frequently ride, or ride for long durations, may develop numbness or tingling in their ring and small fingers. This may be due to pressure on the ulnar nerve at the base of the palm.
How do I know if my bike is too small?
One of the main factors in determining when a bike is getting too small is the saddle height and seat post length. If a bike is too small you will no longer be able to set the saddle height high enough. Every seat post should have an minimum insertion line marked onto the metal.