Cycling Hand Numbness – Handlebar Tape Matters

Hand numbness, pain or soreness. We hear it frequently! You have 5 key points of contact on the road and gravel bike. With your hands being two of those we want to make sure that you are comfortable and to do that it is important to pay attention to the details! 

One of the details that many manufacturers and your LBS may not pay attention to is the way that the handlebars are wrapped. It sounds silly but when looking at the hoods on your bike a few millimeters of deviation from the original design of a part can lead to discomfort.

This new bike with SRAM Force AXS is a perfect example of how the details can improve comfort. Our rider came in with excess pressure on the ulnar (pinky) side of their palm. Upon closer inspection we noticed that the handlebars came improperly wrapped from the manufacturer. 

By rewrapping the handlebars it allowed the hood covers to properly seat with the hoods. This simple adjustment smoothed the transition of the hoods into the handlebar and reduced a number that went 1/4 of the way up the hood. 

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