This weekend’s brevet brought out some serious fit issues on the LHT. I ended the ride with a numb hand and a stiff neck. If I’m going to continue to participate in any more long distance rides I need to sort them out.
The first issue is my hand. After about 60 miles my hand started to get a tingling sensation. At first it was just mild, but as the miles went on, my pinkie finger went numb. I was moving my hands around frequently, but I guess it wasn’t enough. At the end of my ride it was completely numb and it wasn’t until sunday afternoon that I had normal feeling back in my hand, but it still feels a little weak. I’m not really sure how to address this. I hope it’s just a matter of having the bars set too low.
The second issue is definitely a result of the bars I think. I was getting a sharp pain in my neck. It was so bad that I couldn’t turn my neck all the way to the left. This made it difficult to look over my shoulder. Luckily it happened later into the ride, so traffic was at a minimum. This should be cured by moving the bars up as well. I felt really stretched out, which may have been causing the problem too. So I’ve moved my saddle forward to try to minimize that. We’ll see how the it feels on the next ride.
Unfortunately the steerer tube on the LHT is already cut down, so I’ll need to try and source out a new fork. To make matters worse, Surly is no longer producing the LHT in the best color, Olive Green. I’ve got a lead on a possible fork that has been cut, but it may be longer than my fork. If I can’t find one, I’ll have to order a black fork and have it painted I guess. Or maybe I’ll just leave it black. It might be a cool look for the LHT.
Any thoughts on what I can do to address these problems?