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    Saddles, prostatitis, and a decade of trying....

    About 10 years ago I had a bout of prostatitis that lasts about a year. I finally got ahead of it, but bike riding has never been the same.

    I have a nice bike (Serotta Concourse) and I was professionally fit, but I just cant get comfortable. What I mean is even after the shortest ride I get prostatitis like symptoms. I have a closet full of saddles and nothing seems to work. Do I just need to power through it and hope my undercarriage will toughen up? Every year for the last 10 years I take my bike out do a few rides and get frustrated and hang it back up.

    Im currently using a Brooks Imperial and Demarche and Assos shorts. Any suggestions? I dont want to give up riding, but I am close.

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    Don't power through it! Go back to the fitter and make them do it right (unless it was 10 years ago). You might also think about a saddle with a cut-out. A lot of people have had great luck with the Selle Anatomica.
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    I am not sure where the pain is from that, but I switched to an ISM Adamo Century over a month ago, and I now have three of them. Both bicycles, and my Spin Bike. After 25 miles, the only pain I feel (and not much) is just my tail bones. No more pain in my junk!

    Actually, I have two Century seats, and one Typhoon seat (almost the same as the Century, but leather). My Fitter, rents the saddles to try, and I really fell in love with them.

    http://www.ismseat.com/saddles/adamo-century
    http://www.ismseat.com/saddles/adamo-typhoon



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    Quote Originally Posted by burlsube View Post
    Do I just need to power through it and hope my undercarriage will toughen up? Every year for the last 10 years I take my bike out do a few rides and get frustrated and hang it back up.

    Im currently using a Brooks Imperial and Demarche and Assos shorts. Any suggestions? I dont want to give up riding, but I am close.
    I wouldn't try just powering through it as it may cause more grief.

    Not knowing all the things you may have tried or exactly how your bike is set up, a couple of suggestions to try before going back for a fitting etc.:

    1.) Lower your seat post so that your saddle is roughly level with your handlebars or even 1/2" lower. First mark or denote your original seat post position for easy reference when putting it back in it's original position.

    (For the purpose of putting you in a more upright riding position to see if that makes a difference for you.)

    2.) Level your saddle using a spirit / carpenter's level, and since it's a Brooks make sure the back 1/2 of the saddle ( the widest part ) where your sit bones contact the seat is the part that is roughly level. This may mean the nose of the saddle is tilted upward several degrees.

    ( This will ensure that you are not sitting or sliding forward onto the saddle horn as Brooks saddles have a concave section in the middle with both ends sloping towards the middle. It should also put you in a position where your sitz bones are taking the weight as it should be )

    Then give it a ride, keeping in mind that the seat is lower than it should be, but the goal is to find out if a more upright riding position would help you put some miles on that lovely bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gforeman View Post
    I am not sure where the pain is from that, but I switched to an ISM Adamo Century over a month ago, and I now have three of them. Both bicycles, and my Spin Bike. After 25 miles, the only pain I feel (and not much) is just my tail bones. No more pain in my junk!

    Actually, I have two Century seats, and one Typhoon seat (almost the same as the Century, but leather). My Fitter, rents the saddles to try, and I really fell in love with them.

    http://www.ismseat.com/saddles/adamo-century
    http://www.ismseat.com/saddles/adamo-typhoon



    Did you find the century too soft? What width saddles did you previously try?

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    Quote Originally Posted by burlsube View Post
    About 10 years ago I had a bout of prostatitis that lasts about a year. I finally got ahead of it, but bike riding has never been the same.

    I have a nice bike (Serotta Concourse) and I was professionally fit, but I just cant get comfortable. What I mean is even after the shortest ride I get prostatitis like symptoms. I have a closet full of saddles and nothing seems to work. Do I just need to power through it and hope my undercarriage will toughen up? Every year for the last 10 years I take my bike out do a few rides and get frustrated and hang it back up.

    Im currently using a Brooks Imperial and Demarche and Assos shorts. Any suggestions? I dont want to give up riding, but I am close.
    Having suffered from chronic prostatitis for over 10 years I found that the herb "SAW PALMETTO" cured my prostatitis while keeping me healthy in that area. If you're not taking one capsule a day you should be since it won't harm you but will help with male health.

    Curing prostatitis is a s-l-o-w process so just keep at it.
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    Ever thought about recumbent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Having suffered from chronic prostatitis for over 10 years I found that the herb "SAW PALMETTO" cured my prostatitis while keeping me healthy in that area. If you're not taking one capsule a day you should be since it won't harm you but will help with male health.

    Curing prostatitis is a s-l-o-w process so just keep at it.
    Lycopene is another one that is supposed to be good for prostate health. Eat your tomatoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunner65 View Post
    Ever thought about recumbent?
    I got bent a few years ago, but I'd like to try to get back into the regular triangle frame if I can....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Having suffered from chronic prostatitis for over 10 years I found that the herb "SAW PALMETTO" cured my prostatitis while keeping me healthy in that area. If you're not taking one capsule a day you should be since it won't harm you but will help with male health.

    Curing prostatitis is a s-l-o-w process so just keep at it.
    Been dealing with it since about 1993. My multivitamin has some saw palmetto in it. Some days I get up and is is bad, I take one saw palmetto in the morning, usually by 10 am it is OK. Been riding a saddle with the cutout for a long time with no ill effects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by avmech View Post
    Been dealing with it since about 1993. My multivitamin has some saw palmetto in it. Some days I get up and is is bad, I take one saw palmetto in the morning, usually by 10 am it is OK. Been riding a saddle with the cutout for a long time with no ill effects.
    It is much better to keep slugging it out with prostatitis by taking one capsule of SP every morning for as long as it takes to cure or manage your prostatitis..
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    Originally Posted by krazygluon
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