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Old 05-14-08, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hemroids from riding?

Was talking to a friend who did a tour across Wisconsin among other places. He had to stop because his doctor told him it was from riding too much - too many hours sitting down, straining, pressure that's exerted in that area and not-supported, etc...

Anyone else ever hear of or experience anything like that? If it's a valid concern what to do to avoid it?
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It's valid if your saddle doesn't support you at the sit bones instead of soft tissue.
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I think it's horsepucky, unless he was riding a hammock and trying to lay a brick while riding.
There is no evidence that 'roids are caused by sitting...the latest theories put the causes at diet and straining when taking a crap. The only sitting theories seem to go to the design of our toilets, which seem to encourage straining.
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I think it's horsepucky, unless he was riding a hammock and trying to lay a brick while riding.
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I agree chipcom, he needs to add some fiber to his diet. I had a couple of minor instances BEFORE I started riding. Since I eat more fiber and ride regularly, I have not had any problems in the past 2 years or so.
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Was talking to a friend who did a tour across Wisconsin among other places. He had to stop because his doctor told him it was from riding too much - too many hours sitting down, straining, pressure that's exerted in that area and not-supported, etc...

Anyone else ever hear of or experience anything like that? If it's a valid concern what to do to avoid it?
It doesn't seem valid to me. Unless he had a pre-existing condition, of course.
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Cool - lots of people seem to love to find something bad to throw at biking. Never hear people rail against jogging though it's a lot worse for your body in terms of the impact.
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It's sad that a doctor would guess at something like this. Every doctor I've ever mentioned my riding to has encouraged me to keep it up.
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Cool - lots of people seem to love to find something bad to throw at biking. Never hear people rail against jogging though it's a lot worse for your body in terms of the impact.
A lot of people ARE against jogging for that very reason, it's hard on the knees, it's hard on the ankle, it's a great way to get a raging case of shin splints, hamstring pulls and tears are also common enough. the heavier one is when they start, the more stressful it is on the body, and the greater chance of injury. Jogging is also about as exciting as watching a coat of paint dry, so you can put on the second coat. Because of the boredom factor a lot of joggers use portable music players, a good number of joggers are hit by cars every year, a number die of heart attacks, a few are raped and some are mugged and murdered every year.

Those who are against cycling do not realize that it is so much better for you, because it's low impact (unless you crash), the knee, shin, ankle and hamstring problems, as long as your properly fitted, are relatively minor, unlike jogging, the only difference increased weight brings, is that the rider will use more energy to go a given distance. Cycling is more interesting because of the ability to see more as you travel along, you able to cover a great distance, and you can use cycling as the means to get somewhere, it's something like 100 times as efficient as a subway train, 250 times as efficient as a bus, and 1000 times as efficient as the most fuel efficient car, and 5000 times as efficient as the behemoth stupefying ugly vehicles (SUV) that are so common now.
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Roids are a circulatory issue. Diet, stress, strain, and worrying about money (if you subscribe to the theory that all illnesses have emotional causes) are contributing factors.

There is a homeopathic remedy that works wonderfully on circulatory issues. Of course an MD wouldn't have a clue about that, because it doesn't involve drugs, chemical burns, or sharp knives.
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Roids are a circulatory issue. Diet, stress, strain, and worrying about money (if you subscribe to the theory that all illnesses have emotional causes) are contributing factors.

There is a homeopathic remedy that works wonderfully on circulatory issues. Of course an MD wouldn't have a clue about that, because it doesn't involve drugs, chemical burns, or sharp knives.
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It's valid if your saddle doesn't support you at the sit bones instead of soft tissue.
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Check your saddle position: if your saddle is too high, (even 1/2 inch), too far forward, or if you're sitting too upright, you're looking for trouble. Even a saddle with cutouts won't help.

This is the voice of experience talking.

In my case, I visited a roadie shop that took the time to put my bike up on rollers, and fit me right. It took an hour, and cost about $60 for the service, $40 for a new stem, but the riding (and other things) have been smooth and easy ever since.
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Heamaroids can be caused by excessive straining, lifting heavy weights, carrying a heavy backpack. I got mine from an evening of over-athletic dancing whilst drunk.
Cycling doesn't strain the lifting muscles and Ive never known it to cause heamaroids. In my case it is one of the few excercises that help the condition. I have quite a hard well shaped saddle that supports my sit bones and pushes them apart when I sit. Compare to using a heavy backpack where the belt forces everything to squish together.
If you havent got them, cycling wont give you them.
If you do have them it may help them dissapear more rapidly than if you just walk around.
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