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Feeling my age

Old 07-17-19, 07:06 AM
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I wish I was fifty-two again.
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Old 07-17-19, 06:53 PM
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Numb hands could be carpal tunnel syndrome. If it is, the surgery is simple and low risk, and the relief from pain and numbness is wonderful. My hands went numb when holding books, so there are a bunch of questions a doc can ask to see if you need the probative test.

For chafing, in addition to thin pads, try the Gold Bond Friction Defense may help, but Body Glide works wonders for me.
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Old 07-17-19, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jskita View Post
Thank you for your input. So you all think that even the palm numbness will eventually go away with conditioning?
maybe yes but with those handle bars not too many hand position with drop bars u can ride the hoods the top and of course in the drop position for me helps alot . When I ride my flat bar commutter bike sometimes for as little as 10 miles hands tend to get numb but hardly ever on my road bikes. With drop bars
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Old 07-22-19, 07:03 PM
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I think I will try the VO crazy bars so I can keep my MTB shifters.

Regarding shorts, I personally got turned off by riding in them because I feel they represent a barrier to riding without judgement. I got many negative comments from power riders (road bikers) about my setup so I purposely ride without lycra. I even rode last time in a Hawaiian shirt.

I know it might sound pretty but it really annoys me when people make something as fun as riding a bike into a competition of better, newer gear or personal strength.. blah, blah, blah
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Old 07-22-19, 07:32 PM
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About the only time I actually "feel" my age, is at night time, aches and pains in bed in the middle of the night, but as soon as I get up... Its A-O,K,... I can ride 100Kms and not a problem... WTF...
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Old 07-22-19, 07:41 PM
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Jskita@ ,You want to get better. You want to get stronger. And you want to go longer. Equipment choices make a difference. I have no idea what the physiological analysis would suggest but riding more than a few cruising miles on a mountain bike makes my hands numb. If I go MTBing, my hands don't go numb. I never just cruise on my road bikes with drop bars and my hands don't go numb. I put Soma Oxfords on a road bike for a weekend 120 mile round trip weekend and my hands didn't go numb. MTB levers work on the Oxfords. If you were my neighbor, I would offer you a road bike to ride for a few weeks. It is what you really want. CL, Offer up etc. is your gateway to high performance cycling.

(61 and getting dropped by other 61 year olds on group rides and every week I come back for more. I don't know why.)
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