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    ma balls

    I started biking about 5 months ago and although I've lost 30 pounds I'm still pretty large. I noticed b/c my thighs are so fat that they often put pressure on my family jewels. I find myself having to constantly adjust my package to keep myself from crushing them. It's embarrassing b/c I actually have to stick my hand in my bike shorts to reposition. My legs are less fat but the muscles are getting bigger from cycling. When I talked to a friend I have that used to race about the problem he acted like it was very strange. Is this a normal problem for heavy riders or do I just have big balls?

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    Are you wearing bike shorts that are the correct size? What type of bike? How large is the seat? I ride 40 miles without adjusting, so I am not sure why you are having the problem.
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    I'm riding a cheap hardtail and I tried 2 different sizes of bike pants. my saddle is kind of wide I suppose, I don't really know how big it is. I do know it caves in or rather it is slightly elevated where my sit bones are. I keep the seat level. Sometimes I can go all day without adjustment. It's like I found the perfect position but I can't replicate it all the time. Also, I've worn boxers all my life, maybe that has something to do with it.

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    I've got reasonably large quads and found that the best way to avoid crushing your danglies is to wear properly fitting bike shorts and position things high-front-and-center to avoid doing any damage, even if you take a more aggressive (forward leaning) posture on the bike.
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    Maybe point the seat downward slightly, to give the danglies a little more room?

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    I gotta pulll the boys and their friend up center. They need the seat too you know! Like you, I have to place my hand in at times for the reposition. Especially after remounting the bike or standing on the pedals. I think it's pretty normal. I even have wear spots on the front of my shorts from the little guy trying to parascope out for a view. I just posted a new shorts thread a few days ago. They are worn in the front, not in the rear.

    I'd post a pic but then you'd get your eye poked out!

    I do think it's normal to make adjustments on rides though. I've been with some long distance riders and every so often, somebody's gotta make a move. Once I was on a century with a hot chick. I couldn't stand it anymore so I told her, "I'm sorry but my bawls hurt" as I placed my hand in for an adjustment. She said,"no problem, my bawls hurt too!"

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    Thanks for the replies. I was thinking I had monster balls or something.

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    sit bones

    Do you know what I mean when I reffer to one's "sit bones"? Kinda the "blades" of your pelvis when your in a sitting position? Just rock back n forth on your butt and you'll find where they are. Those "sit bones" are supposed to be positioned on the back lobe-y part of your saddle. If you do that and then get one of those seats with a "junk" hole or trough then that should take some pressure of yer nuts. Some guys find the the woman's versions with the big trough that runs most of the distance of the seat work best for them. I recommend leaving your seat flat though as the tilt of your seat can effect your wrists, shoulder, back, etc...

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    i don't think it's the seat. My thighs are just so wide that if I want to put my legs in the proper position to cycle there simply isnt any room for my boys. The problem doesn't manifest as often while walking b/c gravity pulls them front and center over my legs (although it does sometimes happen if I'm hiking but I can shift them without shoving my hand down my pants). But when I enter a saddle gravity tries to pull them between my legs.
    I'm pretty sure positioning is the key b/c when i got my 1st pair of bike pants it was way less of a problem as the tight pants kind of held them up higher.
    Maybe I just need to lose more weight but I tend to think that a lot of serious cyclist or even just people that did a lot of squat lifting probably have big thighs.
    Last question: anyone wear a cup when they ride? I went trail riding the other day and it kind of looked like this old man was wearing a cup under his bike pants.

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    ohhh 0speedbike I think I see what you're saying now. The junk hole would allow my fatty legs to sink lower into the seat thus putting less pressure on my bawls? maybe I'll try one of those. I agree with not tilting the seat. I already tried that and it put too much pressure on my hands causing a severe numbness that lasted for 3 days.

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    I hate bike shorts for this reason and went back to the old standby jockstrap.

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    I was going to suggest that you use a jock strap if your junk is that large of a problem. Also if they are larger than your normal size, remember Lance Armstrong thought that his growth was due to the amount of riding but is wasn't.

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    I was going to mention also you might not want a wide saddle either. I would think to wide of a saddle would cause the inner thigh to raise up more then normal creating a tighter area for one's junk to fit in. The jock strap wouldn't be a bad idea as long as you don't get chaffing.

    It is easy to adjust to a new position when wearing regular gym shorts but when wearing bike shorts you pretty much have to just reach inside the shorts to make the adjustment.

    We have had quite a few "junk" topics lately, maybe bf should check into a new "Junk" forum LOL.
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    The bike shorts should fit tight and be pulled up to provide support, like an old-fashioned athletic supporter. We were required to buy one for high school gym class, in my day. I have found supporters to be a terrible source of cycling pain, because the seams most of them have create a lump right under the prostate, and there's no saddle designed to accomodate the male physique WITH that damned lump of fabric. Hence the bike shorts are necessary.

    Good fit is a matter of the right size and the shorts not sagging off you . If your shape, like mine, does not facilatate keeping the shorts up and in place, maybe bibs are in order. Maybe just suspenders?

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