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    Uh.......prostate problems.

    Anyone have any suggestions on how to avoid this? I rode street for a few years, often doing some pretty long rides. After a few years of this i developed prostate problems that i won't go into but caused me a lot of grief for a couple years. It finally subsided after all but giving up riding, tho never completely went away. I'm pretty much back to normal...or at least i was.........

    Now that i'm back into riding with my new stumpjumper, and doing a lot of mountain riding, i'm starting to feel it coming back on. I got a more comfortable saddle which helps, but nothing short of bolting a lazy boy to the seatpost is gonna eliminate the torture that my prostate has to endure. So i wondered if anyone who may have had to deal with this before might have some suggestions on how to curb the problem short of riding less.
    I keep telling my lungs this is a normal healthy activity, but they just won't listen.

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    You can reach Fred Matheny through www.roadbikerider.com He may not be able to answer your question, but he can point you in the right direction.

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    Get a Brooks saddle. Better yet, get a recumbent. (Do they make recumbent ATB'S???)
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    Originally posted by D*Alex
    Get a Brooks saddle. Better yet, get a recumbent. (Do they make recumbent ATB'S???)
    20 years experience says you don't need either,unless you have some physical abnormality.

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    Check your bike set up, is your saddle set too high, or bars too low. Is your saddle tilted the wrong way? Is your steam too short? Is your spine stright when you ride?

    A good leather saddle will in short time conform to your body. You do not have to have a physical abnormality to ride a Brooks saddle or a recumbent. And there have been a few ATB bents built.
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    I've tried to adjust things, but one thing i wanted to try was tilting the seat forward. But it's already as far as it'll go. As far as buying a saddle, i just bought a speed V, and it's better. But i don't think any saddle will be the amswer. Maybe i'm wrong, but i'd hate to end up buying 10 saddles to find the one that works. Gotta be a better way around this problem. (but i think the only way may be riding less )
    I keep telling my lungs this is a normal healthy activity, but they just won't listen.

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    Have you tried a saddle with prostate cut out? Terry Cycles makes them as welll as others. If your saddle is all the way forward on the rails your stem may be too long or your top tube is too long for your torso/arms. Try a shorter stem, so you can move your saddle back. Did the bike shop fit you to the bike or just sell you a bike?
    Bentbaggerlen
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    They just sold it to me.They aren't real friendly there. In any case, it does have a cut-out and my seat isn't all the way forward, i just meant it it's tilted as far as it'll go forward. It's about 1/2 way on the rails. I suppose i should set it all the way forward?
    I keep telling my lungs this is a normal healthy activity, but they just won't listen.

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    many times 'stock' seatposts don't have the horizontal adjustment range you might need to get the slight down-ward tilt you really need. riding styles also vary. some ride too much on their sit bones, other people learn to keep feather light pressure on the saddle. proper fit can prevent too much pressure on either the hands (too much lean...carpal tunnel problems) or too much pressure on the butt.
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