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    Correct Seat? Medical Question

    Hi All,
    Have a question and yes I am being serious. I have taken up cycling over the past few months and have noticed that after about 30 minutes on the bike my manhood begins to go a little numb. I wonder if the way I am sitting or my seat is not right for me. Think that I may be cutting off blood circulation.

    Is this a common problem for cyclists? i have a narrow seat? should I buy a wider one? i weigh about 14 stone.

    Sorry for the odd sounding question, any help much appreciated..

    John.

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    Your seat may be adjusted wrong, you might want to set it so that it's flat instead of pointed up, if it is angled any. This could help if you haven't already tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnharris
    Hi All,
    Have a question and yes I am being serious. I have taken up cycling over the past few months and have noticed that after about 30 minutes on the bike my manhood begins to go a little numb. I wonder if the way I am sitting or my seat is not right for me. Think that I may be cutting off blood circulation.

    Is this a common problem for cyclists? i have a narrow seat? should I buy a wider one? i weigh about 14 stone.

    Sorry for the odd sounding question, any help much appreciated..

    John.
    Is there a cutout groove in the middle of your saddle? The numbness is the result of Penile artery compression. The flatter saddle position mentioned above is one of the first solutions I'd try, the other I'd try is a saddle with the groove to prevent penile artery compression. If both of these fail, the next alternative would be a different type of saddle. Think about this saddle here, it's called the spongey wonder and is a nonstandard architecture saddle without a saddle horn. There are other saddles of this type as well. I'm not advocating this particular brand, but this type of saddle as a possible solution.
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    Another approach is to change your position slightly while cycling. If your weight rests "dead" on the saddle all the time, you are more likely to have this problem than if you vary you’re cycling so that all your weight isn't supported by the saddle all the time. Standing on the pedals would accomplish this (I rarely stand), or varying your pedal stroke slightly so that more of your weight is supported by your legs than your - well you understand.

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    Older men tend to like recumbents. I assume it is because prostates enlarge eventually and so once one of these guys experiences a total pain-free ride they are hooked. There are a lot of new, sleek and really cool looking recumbents these days. They can be expensive, but if you try everything and it still doesn't solve your problem, a recumbent certainly will. I am a female and have no pain issues driving me to recumbents. And I can happily state that a recumbent is the only kind of bike I can ride on all day and at the end of the ride still be making circles in the parking lot because I haven't had enough.
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    I found that a saddle pointed down causes the same pain as a saddle pointed up. It took me awhile to find the right saddle position for myself. Losing my manhood at age 19 is not something I want to do.

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    Your weight is supposed to be carried by the point of the hip bones and not by the soft tissue in between. That is why soft saddles cause problems. If you have the saddle pointed down it can cause you to slide forward on the seat so you are sitting on the narrow front rather than the wide part at the back. The seat should be wide enough ast the back to match youre sit-bones. Unless your seat is obviously too narrow or too soft, try making lots of small adjustments (slope, fore/aft, height, handlebar position) before you go to buy a new seat. If you have more of your weight over the pedals things may be comfier. If you buy a new seat make sure that the bike shop will swap it for another brand if it doesnt fit. Good luck.

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    Thanks for advice

    think i will try adjusting the seat and then maybe move to a different seat, there is a slight central ridge but maybe this isnt enough.

    Thanks for all the help

    John

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    Brooks!

    Padded saddles are evil because they often increase pressure in precisely the wrong place. Cyclogenic urogenital problems were rare when everyone used tensioned leather saddles. Sheldon Brown has a good article on this.

    I have three Brooks saddles which I really like (Competition, Pro, and Team Pro), a Serfas ARC which I find almost as comfortable, and a narrow padded vinyl Marin which I detest.
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    I find this seat to be fairly comfortable. http://tinyurl.com/g9zwr It's a good midway point between a full on comfort paded seat and a carbonfiber racing seat. Otherwise, Brooks makes good saddles too. Wall bike has a 6 month return policy on the Brooks. Make sure it's installed level.

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    A complicated problem that cyclists have been struggling with for about 130 years. Catalogs from 1895 show some of the "innovative" saddles that are currently being promoted as solutions to seat problems.

    From trial and error, I've found what solves the problem for me.

    - set up the bike so that my hands are as high as the top of the saddle and my back is at 45 degrees to the top bar. That position puts my weight on the "sit bones", not on the soft bits

    - use a saddle that is very firm, yet flexes when riding over broken pavement and potholes

    - use a saddle that is flat from side to side, and flat from back to front

    - keep the saddle dead level

    - Specialized Body Geometry saddles with the cut out in the center work well, IF you select a model as wide as your rear, with firm padding, and set it up dead level

    - raise your weight off the saddle half an inch whenever you are not pedaling, just by putting one pedal at six o'clock and straightening your leg. Pedal off the saddle a minute or two out of every fifteen or twenty minutes. The more often your weight is off the saddle, the better.

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    Spongy Wonder Seat Cushions - Spongy Wonder Noseless Bicycle Seats

    Tom Stormcrowe, administrator mentions this model in his post above. If links to products are permitted - here it is.

    Don't know if these irregular shaped saddles are ridable but they sure look more healthy. The basic one is CAD$99 shipped to BC. To other provinces and to the states, I expect the price will vary. Ever since I saw a split saddle at a bike shop my interest was perked. This company in New Brunswick, Canada also makes a lifetime warranty double steel parts model for rough/off-road at a higher price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermespan View Post
    Spongy Wonder Seat Cushions - Spongy Wonder Noseless Bicycle Seats

    Tom Stormcrowe, administrator mentions this model in his post above. If links to products are permitted - here it is.

    Don't know if these irregular shaped saddles are ridable but they sure look more healthy. The basic one is CAD$99 shipped to BC. To other provinces and to the states, I expect the price will vary. Ever since I saw a split saddle at a bike shop my interest was perked. This company in New Brunswick, Canada also makes a lifetime warranty double steel parts model for rough/off-road at a higher price.
    After 8 years, I doubt the OP is still paying attention to this thread. Not to mention, the OP has only made 2 post, both 8 years ago.
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