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    Which side do you ride on?

    Gentlemen, which side of the saddle do you ride on?

    In the interest of avoiding damage to the nether regions, should this delicate question not be asked by fitters of bicycles, just as a similar query is often posed by tailors? Ought a saddle be mounted a few millimetres off to the left or right, depending on one's preferences?

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    WTF?

    I ride in the CENTER, because I wear clothing that keeps my 'jewelry' out of the danger zone.

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    I ride on *both* sides of the saddle.

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    I just tuck my johnson right down in the slot. Makes it real easy to ride dead center.

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    Your equipment needs to be up and out of the way. If some part of it gets caught between the saddle and your thigh, you might feel something a bit unpleasant.

    It's one reason to wear the little elastic shorts and to get the correct size.

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    I ride center and I think most people do.
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    I do believe most people ride slightly to one side or the other. Sometimes it is OBVIOUS and most of the time it is very subtle.
    Keep in mind the pelvis is usually rotated on most humans to the left so sitting perfectly centered is probably not a reality for most.
    Here is an obvious one
    Sadde_side_sit.jpg

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    It depends on your seating position, clothing and saddle. If you are wearing bike shorts and on a narrow racing saddle, the stuff rides high and central. You may have to do some adjusting and discrete tugging from time to time to keep it in place. The central member may be pointing straight ahead or tucked off to one side.
    If you are wearing loose clothes and sitting more upright on a cruiser or Dutch style commuter, there might be a bit more draping to one side or other (or a little of both) but you don't want any crushing between thigh and saddle nose, so you still want the stuff to ride a bit high.

    I find it all stays in place as long as I stay seated, but if I stand on the pedals for a bit, I may have to reach down and grab the stuff through my pants and pull it all up a bit when I sit, so it's back where it should be. I try to be unnoticed when i do it, but you can't always.

    I do find I point the saddle a tiny bit to one side, but that is more to make my butt comfortable
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    Left knee hurting left side - Right knee hurting Right side - Hands going numb back side...

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    As you descend toward the saddle, do a snappy little pelvic thrust, the stuff flies up and as you settle onto the saddle it all comes down and drapes nicely into place. It helps to be a transsexual transylvanian and wear a french maid's dress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jyl View Post
    As you descend toward the saddle, do a snappy little pelvic thrust, the stuff flies up and as you settle onto the saddle it all comes down and drapes nicely into place. It helps to be a transsexual transylvanian and wear a french maid's dress.
    Don't forget to put your hands on your hips,
    And bring your knees in tight.

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    OK, I feel like we just got transported to Foo..........

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    If I were is Spain, I'd ride on the right side, when in Ireland I rode on the Left side..

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    If riding a bike involved sitting on your junk I would be so out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeFitPro View Post
    I do believe most people ride slightly to one side or the other. Sometimes it is OBVIOUS and most of the time it is very subtle.
    Keep in mind the pelvis is usually rotated on most humans to the left so sitting perfectly centered is probably not a reality for most.
    Here is an obvious one
    Sadde_side_sit.jpg
    Hi,

    That is more about very badly fitting clothing and has no technical basis at all.

    rgds, sreten.
    Last edited by sreten; 06-19-13 at 06:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Gentlemen, which side of the saddle do you ride on?

    In the interest of avoiding damage to the nether regions, should this delicate question not be asked by fitters of bicycles, just as a similar query is often posed by tailors? Ought a saddle be mounted a few millimetres off to the left or right, depending on one's preferences?
    Hi,

    No. The position of your bits on a saddle has nothing to do with which side
    your bits hang dressing, just as much as tailors only ask to avoid the hanging
    side when measuring your inseam, it makes no difference to the tailoring.

    rgds, sreten.

    FWIW I always dress to the right, being a lefty, apparently most
    righties go for the left, which makes sense if you think about it.
    Last edited by sreten; 06-19-13 at 04:49 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    No. The position of your bits on a saddle has nothing to do with which side
    your bits hang dressing, just as much as tailors only ask to avoid the hanging
    side when measuring your inseam, it makes no difference to the tailoring.

    rgds, sreten.

    FWIW I always dress to the right, being a lefty, apparently most
    righties go for the left, which makes sense if you think about it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fANwTBK3Ylg

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    No. The position of your bits on a saddle has nothing to do with which side
    your bits hang dressing, just as much as tailors only ask to avoid the hanging
    side when measuring your inseam, it makes no difference to the tailoring.

    rgds, sreten.

    FWIW I always dress to the right, being a lefty, apparently most
    righties go for the left, which makes sense if you think about it.
    The sadly deceased Tom Miller put a guideline in his original Selle AnAtomica instructions to rotate the saddle slightly based on pressure felt on the inner thigh or back of thigh, rotating just a bit to reduce that pressure. It's not a measure intended to keep the boyz out of the way of your flailing legs.

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    Are you sure? Badly fitting clothing? Not a leg length issue forcing one leg to reach? or as the post indicates, a rotated pelvis. badly fitting clothing seems a bit short-sighted...
    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    That is more about very badly fitting clothing and has no technical basis at all.

    rgds, sreten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briankari View Post
    Are you sure? Badly fitting clothing? Not a leg length issue forcing one leg to reach? or
    as the post indicates, a rotated pelvis. badly fitting clothing seems a bit short-sighted...
    Hi,

    Short sighted ? In looking for the technical your missing the bleeding obvious.
    Said chaps pants are clearly rotated anticlockwise ; Why ? Don't ask me.
    Perhaps he dresses to the right and needs to twist his pants like that.

    rgds, sreten.

    I'm not saying the chap doesn't have issues, I am saying the poor
    clothing fit for whatever reason makes things look much worse,
    and very hard to judge if there are real issues, its not obvious.
    Why his pants are like that could be quite a few reasons, but the
    photo does not show someone riding on one side of the saddle.
    Last edited by sreten; 06-20-13 at 01:57 PM.

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    I guess I too have a hard time seeing the "bleeding obvious" here. Are you saying his bibs are way too big for him? That might cause bunching and twisting- and then I'd see your point (thought the clothing looks tight to me). If they are too tight, I can't believe his shorts would twist so much. What I see, to be honest, is this chap has more of his glutes leaning to the right side and less leaning to the left.
    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,

    Short sighted ? In looking for the technical your missing the bleeding obvious.
    Said chaps pants are clearly rotated anticlockwise ; Why ? Don't ask me.
    Perhaps he dresses to the right and needs to twist his pants like that.

    rgds, sreten.

    I'm not saying the chap doesn't have issues, I am saying the poor
    clothing fit for whatever reason makes things look much worse,
    and very hard to judge if there are real issues, its not obvious.
    Why his pants are like that could be quite a few reasons, but the
    photo does not show someone riding one one side of the saddle.

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    I think I ride on center, but my saddles tend to wear more on the left side.

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    Just ride one of these and tuck your junk in the slot.
    Believe me, you'll remember to unclip your shoes every time you stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianvee View Post
    I guess I too have a hard time seeing the "bleeding obvious" here. Are you saying his bibs are way too big for him? That might cause bunching and twisting- and then I'd see your point (thought the clothing looks tight to me). If they are too tight, I can't believe his shorts would twist so much. What I see, to be honest, is this chap has more of his glutes leaning to the right side and less leaning to the left.
    Hi,

    The midseam of his shorts is nowhere near his arsecrack.
    You are missing the obvious, his clothing is out of kilter,
    to such an extent its impossible to judge any real issues.

    rgds, sreten.

    Again not saying no issues, just hard to judge.
    The clothing fit makes things look much worse.
    Last edited by sreten; 06-20-13 at 04:50 PM.

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