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    Hydrocele

    A week after I first got into biking (April 2014), I woke up on a Sunday morning feeling like I had been kicked in the testicles. A trip to the doctor and an ultrasound revealed I had a hydrocele on my left testicle. Basically a small fluid filled sack. I was given some antibiotics, and sent on my way. At the time, I was riding a Giant hybrid bike, very upright position. It would really only bother me a day after my long bike rides. Now that I have gotten a legitimate road bike, and the position is more aggressive, it makes for an uncomfortable day after biking.

    Running and jogging don't bother me, so it has to be the bike saddle. Even though I'm on my sit-bones, there is still some friction between my scrotum and the nose the saddle. So I am thinking of going to a true noseless saddle, like a Spiderflex or Spongy Wonder. Can anyone comment on these? Is it possible to ride in the drops with one of these noseless saddles?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Dave

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    I developed one about nine months ago. They can fix it surgically, though I'm in no rush, especially now that the weather is decent.

    I've not seen the models to which you refer, although my wife's townie sports an inexpensive Schwinn branded noseless kind of easy chair thing. It's an upright bike with North Road bars. The concept seems to work for my condition, though I really miss being able to nudge the bike with my inner thighs for balance, especially when trackstanding. I can't see that it wouldn't work with a bike with drops, as the horizontal adjustment would allow a securely seated rider in an aggressive position.

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    My regular steed, still, is a bike equipped with deep, old school track drops. I had to lose the Brooks leather and put on an anatomical padded saddle similar to the Selle Anatomical line. There's a deep drop in front of the seatbone padding that gives enough room for the equipment. Even so, my saddle is ever so slightly angled down in front for more relief. The padded saddle doesn't seem to make you slide forward like the Brooks did at that angle. The pictured angle is not correct as I ride it currently, probably one more click nose down.

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    That's a few thoughts, though I have to mention that I don't even think of bikes without wearing supportive underwear under tights. Keep that stuff strapped up outta' da' way.
    Last edited by North Coast Joe; 05-10-15 at 04:50 AM.

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