Training & Nutrition - for any of you who use rollers
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All right... This is not something that I would typically want to discuss publically, but the severity of the situation has left me with no choice.
For some reason, when on the rollers, bloodflow seems to be cut off from my... lets say pubic region. It is very disconcerting to get off the rollers to find that my john thomas has "fallen asleep". Has anyone else experienced this? What is going wrong so suddenly?
12-30-05, 02:21 PM
wow. um...watch pornos while you ride.
wow. um...watch pornos while you ride.
so obvious its amazing I didn't think of it first.
12-30-05, 02:23 PM
It's probably your fit, but you don't notice it riding outside because you're constantly standing/sitting.
If you can change your position on the rollers, try shifting around on your saddle and see if that changes things.
12-30-05, 02:53 PM
This happened to me on my very first 25-mile ride. Wierd feeling.
that happens to me when I ride rollers. the only solution I found was to stop riding them.
12-30-05, 03:25 PM
Numbness to the penis is most often caused by a reduction in blood flow to the pubic region. The main culprit of this symtom is your saddle, specifically, the nose of the saddle putting pressure on the veins and nerves of the perineum. When you sit on a narrow bicycle saddle, there is a 66 percent reduction in blood flow (Goldstein, 1997).
Because you're leaned over on the rollers and are not standing, adjusting, etc., you are putting more consistent pressure on that area than you're used to when riding on the road. I would recommend that you lower the nose of your saddle, so that you're sitting more on your butt bones, rather than your perineum. Also, a more anatomical saddle might be a wise investment.
12-30-05, 04:37 PM
too funny that the sponsored ad above is for "teamestrogen"
anyway, same thing happened to me on rollers. adjusting the saddle helps, just make small changes so that you don't slide down the saddle while spinning.
12-30-05, 04:58 PM
Along with up/down, forward aft adjustments of the saddle, try moving sslightly to the side.
12-30-05, 05:22 PM
in all seriousness, after my porno post, i've never had such a problem on the road (and i've heard people complain of it on the road), but i also don't have rollers. the constant pressure sounds like a culprit, so play with your seat and how you sit on it till it feels right. that's all i would be able to think of to do in that situation.
12-30-05, 06:22 PM
Maybe consider getting a cheap but fat and cushy comfort saddle for when you are on the rollers? It may kind of restrict your spin a little though.
12-30-05, 06:23 PM
Those fat and cushy seats make my posterior hurt even worse after any time in the saddle.
I have to fight the soccer moms at the gym for the spinning bikes.
I have had similiar problem on rollers, cured by a few minor adjustments
as stated above move around a bit take the pressure off the perinium
every once in a while. Standing, while difficult on rollers can be done.
Sit more upright or more in the drops from time to time.
One of the things that really helped me was to "dress" my saddle,
that is the saddle is not totally in line with the bike, it angles slightly
(maybe 1 degree? whotf knows) to the right (opposite of where mr happy
naturally falls), sounds strange but it's an old timer trick.
hope this helps.
12-30-05, 07:38 PM
I have the same problem, and I haven't really solved it yet. I think I'll get a more comfortable saddle soon. I have been able to make it better by moving around and adjusting the saddle. But for me I think that my selle italia flite is just too hard.
12-31-05, 12:52 AM
as plantdude said, it's because you tend to be just on the saddle in the same position way more when doing rollers than on the road... one of the reasons it is REALLY important to learn how to ride no-hands and standing-up. all it takes is a nights or two to master these two skills... take a night or two and just concentrate on roller skill. these are two of the most important if you plan on doing anything over ~1hr on rollers. you just can't do long rides on roller even with a good saddle and good saddle tilt etc unless you can periodically give your but and back a break... of course if those things are off it will make the effect worse
when you stand up you give your butt a break and allow blood flow, it also allows you to stretch your back. when you ride no-hands you sit on the soft part of butt and this gives your pelvis area a brake too, as well it gives you back a break too.
TIP: if you ride in big gear it makes both riding no-hand and standing-up MUCH easier.. two to three gears above you 'crusing gear'... i.e. low rpms, fast wheel spin
12-31-05, 01:47 PM
use to happen to me too. freaked me out because it never happens to me on the road. i just occasionally get out of the saddle, like an inch or two until for several (5 or 6) seconds and i no longer have a problem.
12-31-05, 09:20 PM
Been having the same problem. It happens sometime during road rides, but not not nearly as much or severe as when on my trainer. Gonna try a some other saddles I have laying about, but I'll have to limit my trainer time until I sort this out. I really think it's partly because the saddle tilts slightly back, but one click forward puts too much strain on my shoulders. Finding the "Proper Fit" is really a pain in the arse.
This only happens to me on the rollers now. The road fix is to get off the saddle every ten minutes or so, however, on the rollers, that is much harder. So, I just tailor my workout to it. I ride hard for 10 minutes, then stop for about 30 seconds, then ride hard for another 10 (or until I feel the numbness creep in).
I also try and shift around on the saddle as well.
01-03-06, 01:18 PM
If you _have_ to get out of the saddle to prevent the numbness while riding roads, then it doesn't sound like a roller issue. I figured this out just this last month myself when I slid my saddle back about a centimeter and now I don't feel like I'm pushing myself away from the handlebars as much AND voila! I don't get the numbness on the rollers either.
I'm usually good for 20-25 minutes at a piece on the rollers before I have to stand and pedal for a little bit to get the blood flowing again. Then again, I've barely played around with my seat positioning since I just bought the bike (R5000). The bike I used on the rollers prior to that (Trek 6500 MTB with slicks) would only let me go 10-15 minutes at a piece on the seat (crappy seat).
yonderboy is right, any fit issues are going to be magnified on the rollers because you spend much less time moving around. The rollers let you take one position for as long as you want, and any problems (such as a bad seat) will surface quicker than when you're on the road (where they might not surface at all). Play with your seat adjustment, try a different seat, etc.
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