Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

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Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby phreak » Mon Mar 11, 2013 06:16 am

On a long ride at this time of year it's not uncommon to get cold hands, despite having some chunky gloves. My left hand always gets colder than my right though.

Suspect there's some circulation thing at play there, but does anyone else have this?

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby MountainMonster » Mon Mar 11, 2013 07:05 am

That sounds very circulation related!

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby TheFD » Mon Mar 11, 2013 07:10 am

Not had that - my feet often get cold, while my hands are ok, but not had one hand colder than the other.
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Mon Mar 11, 2013 07:13 am

Pure speculation as to whether it's related, but probably more gear shifting and more braking with right hand than left, so it's moving around more.

Could be something more subtle - gripping differently with the two hands, leaning asymmetrically on the bars a bit, thus applying more pressure on one than the other.

I find my left hand ends up forced down into the glove a bit more than my right, which applies a bit of pressure so I often slacken it off a little by pulling the glove off a few mm.

It'll be hard to pin this one down, I suspect. All I know is that it's bloody cold.
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby ride_whenever » Mon Mar 11, 2013 09:35 am

handlebars not quite even?

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby ShutUpLegs » Mon Mar 11, 2013 09:58 am

Probably using the right hand more changing gear/ braking etc
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby phreak » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:13 am

ride_whenever wrote:handlebars not quite even?


How do you mean? :)

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby keef66 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:32 am

I had exactly the same thing on saturday. Left hand was a lot colder than the right. Had to keep shaking my glove loose and trying to persuade some blood into my fingers. Mind you, all of me was pretty cold by the time I got home; rained a lot more than I was expecting, and I hadn't layered up enough :(

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby Rolf F » Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:32 am

phreak wrote:
ride_whenever wrote:handlebars not quite even?


How do you mean? :)


Indeed! I'm pretty sure you are meant to have an odd number of handlebars.....
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby zakstory » Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:24 am

have the same thing with my feet, right foot always goes numb ages before the left. Wind direction a factor?

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby TheBiggles » Mon Mar 11, 2013 14:57 pm

I always get it in my left hand also. Even reading in bed causes my left hand to get cold, never my right. The only way to stop it is to keep moving / re-adjusting.

If I stand around at the rugby I need to actively flex my hand and hold any cold drinks in the other hand as it can get bad pretty quick then my toes go. A hand warmer can really help, though I think that's as much a psychological thing.

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby Cheshire Cat » Mon Mar 11, 2013 16:20 pm

It's my right hand with me, fingers get very cold, the left not so much. What I have found is that my winter gloves make for great summer gloves, and good for knack all else in the winter.

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby phreak » Mon Mar 11, 2013 16:37 pm

Does seem reasonably common then. Has anyone explored as to why it happens?

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby schlepcycling » Mon Mar 11, 2013 17:14 pm

zakstory wrote:have the same thing with my feet, right foot always goes numb ages before the left. Wind direction a factor?


Same for me, right foot always goes first, thought it was down to the one foot bigger than the other thing.
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby Mikey23 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 19:13 pm

Of course you could be riding directly under a cold/ warm front ...

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby Monty Dog » Mon Mar 11, 2013 21:15 pm

phreak wrote:
ride_whenever wrote:handlebars not quite even?


How do you mean? :)


Well, if you're always going around in circles, the hand on the outside will get colder as it will be passing through the cold air a bit quicker :lol:
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby amaferanga » Mon Mar 11, 2013 21:44 pm

Wind direction?
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby Flexisurfer » Mon Mar 11, 2013 21:56 pm

When I take my dog for hs morning walk I get very old hands, even with thick gloves on but my feet remain warm. I get on my bike to commute to work, my hands warm up nicely and feet go cold. I don't get the kind of differentiation as you get though.

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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby Mikey41 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 22:50 pm

I have had this too, but in my feet. Despite shoe covers my right foot warmed up and my left didn't. Possibly I fastened the left one slightly too tight.
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Re: Uneven distribution of coldness on a ride

Postby DaveP1 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 15:34 pm

My left thumb, specifically the area where the thumb-print is, always gets colder than any other part of my hands. This is with two pairs of gloves on, all I can do is tuck it up behind fingers if possible. I just thought I was holding the bars lower with my left hand putting the thumb into the airflow more.
My feet are always cold too, with two pairs of socks shoes and overshoes. I keep trying different combinations of socks but usually just have to put up with it.


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