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Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« on: June 23, 2014, 12:09:05 pm »
I've been getting tingling fingers and to deal with it I've altered my position on the bike (saddle back/bars up and closer) but although this has helped its not fixed the issue. I have an old pair of Specialised BG full finger gloves which fit well but seem thin and underpadded. Any recommendations for decent quality gel gloves that are suitable for all day/night use?

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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 03:14:36 pm »
These are the mitts with the thickest gel pads I've ever used

http://www.inmotionproducts.com/OZZO-Gel-Padded-Mitts-Washable-Code-GM-87.htm

These are slightly thinner, slightly more effective, cooler, don't last as long and very much more expensive

http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftr/gloves/short-finger-road-gloves/body-geometry-gel

Gloves do not solve the problem of numb hands.  Altering the geometry in the way you describe is a good start.  here are some other tips
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2014, 03:33:22 pm »
As Vorsprung has mentioned, check your fit. I get numb hands and fingers on the newer shape shimano hoods. I cure it by having them angled backwards towards me, I can feel the pressure on my hands spreading more evenly when they are angled for my hands.

I miss the old shape shimano hoods. The new ones are fat thicker.
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2014, 07:38:53 pm »
I usually wear doubled-up lidl mitts, one that fits well, and the other, the next size up to go over the first pair.  Doesn't have to be Lidl, but they're reasonably decent and inexpensive.  I suppose one could try mitts within full gloves of more relaxed fit too.
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2014, 10:27:07 pm »
I'm trying to mod the position as well, its a Battaglin C12 With Veloce which like a lot if all carbon bikes has a fairly plush ride. Conti 4000s 25mm front at 85psi and Ultremo ZX 28mm at 95psi on rear. I'll get the spesh gloves, as my existing ones fit well. Extra padding is an easy fix as well.

Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2014, 10:29:12 pm »
Padded gloves don't suit my hands either, prefer them without any padding. The padding always seems to move as the gloves wear in. You could double wrap the bars or put gel padding on them, it'd give you another couple of comfier positions.
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2014, 11:23:43 am »
After having had a wrist injury, I've had a problem with numb hands (not helped by the recent assault and broken shoulder).  I tried thicker bar padding, or thicker gel mitts, but neither helped.  I think it's a bit like saddles - beginners imagine that a big, mattressy, saddle is their best bet for comfort, but are so wrong.  Naively, I thought my hands needed more padding, but that's not the case.

One thing which helped on a tandem tour was to have two different style of mitts, and change them when i got the numbness.  More recently, I've changed my style of handlebars, which has helped immensely.

I still prefer a very long riding position, with bars a way below my saddle.
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2014, 02:57:09 pm »
I have numbness and stiffness, in the hands, on longer rides.

It is relieved somewhat by:

1) Making sure I move my hands about, at least once every 15 minutes
2) using "wing" type drops
3) making sure my hands don't get cold (long fingered gloves and bar bags can both help in this respect)
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2014, 04:28:18 pm »
I'd agree with Clarion about thick padding - a thin layer spread over a wide area is far more comfortable than big thick blobs. The same goes for saddles and sleeping mats too! My preference isn't necessarily what works for anyone else, of course, but could be something to try. Maybe. I've also found that stretching and retracting my fingers while counting (stretch - one - stretch - two etc) is really effective.
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2014, 04:31:36 pm »
Holding the hoods more side on instead of just resting your hands on them and the ramps help me too.
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2014, 05:17:04 pm »
More gel is not always a good thing, I have found....

....but, try Lizard Skin Bar tape too. Get the thickest one. Get black.

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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2014, 06:47:20 am »
I've now got a double wrap of Cinelli Gel bar tape on the top of the bars and the Spesh gel gloves which fit me well in XL size (I have big hands and for that matter big feet). My thought is that at least now the minimum bend radius of my grip is larger and more in line with "normal" sized hands which might help.

Time will tell - I'm cycling from near Aberdeen to Banchory - Old military roads to Forres via Dufftown on Saturday so I'll update from there.

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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2014, 09:13:41 am »
I think it's a bit like saddles - beginners imagine that a big, mattressy, saddle is their best bet for comfort, but are so wrong.  Naively, I thought my hands needed more padding, but that's not the case.


+1 to this.

Padding in the wrong place is worse than no padding.  My most comfortable glove for rides under 200km are a pair of unpadded MTB gloves, full-finger.

Over 200km I use Specialized BG (I see you tried them already) they seem to have quite a lot of good, firm, padding with well placed pressure-relief gaps.  Of course everyone is different.

For PBP I used the MTB gloves over the Specialized AND I had (feet) blister pads on my hands as well (plus double-wrapped bars).

Everyone comments how comfy my bars are, maybe that's something to look at rather than gloves. (I see you have)
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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 01:04:18 pm »
I always found the bars and grips more important than what gloves I was wearing - except when the gloves have an unfortunately placed seam - but that pales in comparison to ride position.  Not that I ever found one that wasn't a compromise between numb hands and saddle area pain, except by going recumbent (where mitts are for sweat-wiping and crash protection only, so you can use Aldi ones with impunity).
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Trull

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Re: Thick gel glove recommendations for numb/tingling hands
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2014, 09:54:09 pm »
After the most enjoyable 100miles on the road for some time, I can say the thicker doubled up gel wrap and Specialised thick gel gloves more or less did the trick!

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