Weekly Cycle Tip: It's a "Pain in the Hand"
Many cyclists experience hand numbness or tingling. It's not unusual at all. The primary cause is prolonged pressure and/or vibration and keeping the hands/wrists in one position too long. So, keep those hands moving, wear padded gloves, relax your grip, use cushioned bar tape, and if necessary, remove body weight from the handlebars by raising the bars or shortening the stem. Please do not reduce "reach" by moving the saddle forward. The saddle position is set by leg length. Building strong abdominal muscles helps to support the upper body reducing both shoulder pain and hand numbness.