I’m still loving the new bike, but I’m still getting used to the new riding position – whereby I’m less upright than on the old bike. And because of it, I’m supporting more weight on my hands, which has caused a bit of pain in my palms and numbness in my fingers on longer rides.
So I read that new gloves might help relieve the pressure, and so ordered some Chiba Comfort Gel Mitts. I’ve been using them for about a week now, and the difference is huge. I haven’t done any long rides yet (about the longest so far was about 5km) this week, but I can tell that the new gloves are really helping. There’s no sign of numbness, and the pain in my palms is much reduced.
Of course I’ve also read that hand pain can also be caused by a badly adjusted bike seat, so I may have to talk to the folks in my local bike shop to get some advice on how to change it.