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    After a long ride, the area above my penis gets puffy (seriously).

    I've ridden several double centuries and countless century rides.

    I'm looking to do a few brevets this year, but I'm having several issues with my fit and comfort after returning to cycling after taking off for two years (during that two years I rode only once every 7-12 days).

    One issue that I've never noticed until the last few months is that after I finish a 3+ hr ride that the area above my penis becomes puffy. I'm serious about this.

    It doesn't hurt and it goes away within 60 minutes of getting off the bike, but it tells me that something might be wrong with my fit or my saddle (had my routine doctor checkup 3 months ago and there is nothing wrong with ME).

    Anyone with a similar experience? What do I need to do to fix this? Move my saddle? Change my saddle?

    I'm going to post a vid in the fit section soon, so I'll link to that vidů

    I realize that this post could have fit into numerous different forums, but the issue doesn't arise until I've been in the saddle for at least 2 hrs.

    Thank you!
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    Wow, that sounds pretty serious. Perhaps you should just check with the doctor again to be sure everything is ok. Nevertheless, what kind of saddle are you riding with and how level is it and how hard is the seating area?

    I suspect your current riding position may be restricting the flow of some liquid (blood or what not) around your waist/hips area. Perhaps you need to adjust the seat angle a tad, nose down a bit, not so much that you feel like you are sliding forward or having to hold yourself up with your arms, but just enough to open your up a bit. Alternatively, if your seating position is right, raising your handle bar height may also ease congestion in your pubic area. Small modifications may encourage a little more blood flow in and out of the area. Either way I would be trying a combination of things to get this sorted out.

    I currently ride a Brooks B17 leather seat. The leather has molded to the shape of my sit bones and riding position. It is now very comfortable, especially when in the saddle for 10+ hr, however during the break in period the seat was very hard. This type of seat may help with your problem as it will shape and adjust to your body, rather than forcing your body to adjust to a firmer plastic seat.

    Good luck,

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    I'd be looking for new bike shorts. It seems to me that the ones you have at the moment might be bunching in that area, either from the top, or from the pad.

    It's also worth noting that for me, that particular area has a reasonable number of sweat glands (I can get off the bike in the middle of a long ride with a patch of wetness at the base of my belly), and it has not been unusual for me to develop the occasional pimple. Ensure that you keep the area as clean as possible to avoid the sweat glands from becoming blocked.

    Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about it too much if it goes away within the hour after riding.
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    Having trouble visualizing the problem. Positioning is everything. I wrap counter clockwise and the area in question would be L3.

    Some of the new "chamois" are pain. I miss old Assos chamois short. Try different shorts.

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    Or bibs.
    The waistband of your shorts could be restricting blood flow.
    But really, take this question to an actual MD.

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    Borderline inappropriate question... Honestly, See a Doctor! Why would you take medical advice from a forum anyway??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xsive View Post
    (had my routine doctor checkup 3 months ago and there is nothing wrong with ME).
    you guys who keep telling him to see a doctor... read the post. he's been to the doctor.

    Actually, I have a question for the OP. Did you mention your puffy crotch thing at the doctors visit? if not, then yeah, see a doctor.

    if you did, then I recommend a recumbent. or just live with a puffy crotch.

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    I saw a PT and I got another fit on my bike. My saddle was 7mm too low and 5mm too far forward.

    I cannot possibly ride 3 hrs and then see a doctor within an hour, so this isn't something that a doctor is going to pinpoint- it's a cycling issue that a cyclist should be able to solve, which is why I just ordered a copy of "bicycling medicine."

    My saddle is an S-Works Toupe. It is flat and hard, but I've ridden it for years.

    Mostly likely my position was constricting the lymph or bloodflow from that area b/c immediately after raising my saddle and moving it 5mm back my sensation of pressure on my pubic area was less noticeable.
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    if you did, then I recommend a recumbent. or just live with a puffy crotch.[/QUOTE]

    A recumbent? Yuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmxovich View Post

    A recumbent? Yuck.
    Well, I like 'em. And they don't produce chafing, soreness, stiffness, numbness, or puffiness. And I am a little faster on one to boot. So what's not to like? But, you no doubt have all those "-ness'es" beat for ultra distances because you put in lots and lots of serious miles, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steamer View Post
    Well, I like 'em. And they don't produce chafing, soreness, stiffness, numbness, or puffiness. And I am a little faster on one to boot. So what's not to like? But, you no doubt have all those "-ness'es" beat for ultra distances because you put in lots and lots of serious miles, right?
    Serious miles? Nice touch. From my perspective and where I live, ya I typically put in serious miles. Along with 4 centuries, 1 supported double, and 1 solo last year. I just did my 2nd ride of the year yesterday as I have a ton on my plate right now, and cycling comes second. You like recumbents, wonderful. I just don't see why recumbent riders always offer them up as an alternative when someone has a minor fit issue or injury.

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    I have had slight puffiness in that area. If it goes away, I'm not too worried about it. A lot of people have weight gain after long rides, so that may just be a place where the weight gain manifests itself in a noticeable way. It's worth experimenting with different shorts.

    Going to see the doctor for a checkup and not having anything wrong is not necessarily an indication that nothing is wrong. They are doing triage for the most likely things that will kill you, not giving you a clean bill of health. OTOH, they would be stumped by this one, I'm almost positive about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmxovich View Post
    I just don't see why recumbent riders always offer them up as an alternative when someone has a minor fit issue or injury.
    Because they address those kinds of issues. If you don't like them that's fine, but that opinion is yours. But I don't ever recall Steamer posting: " A road bike? Yuck".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmxovich View Post
    I just don't see why recumbent riders always offer them up as an alternative when someone has a minor fit issue or injury.
    Why? I think that's fairly obvious. So then, exactly why is offering up one potential solution to a problem a bad thing? And why was it necessary to do the unprovoked hate routine just because they were mentioned? If someone doesn't want to give that potential solution a try, that's fine. Doesn't do any harm to mention it, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
    I have had slight puffiness in that area. If it goes away, I'm not too worried about it. A lot of people have weight gain after long rides, so that may just be a place where the weight gain manifests itself in a noticeable way. It's worth experimenting with different shorts.

    Going to see the doctor for a checkup and not having anything wrong is not necessarily an indication that nothing is wrong. They are doing triage for the most likely things that will kill you, not giving you a clean bill of health. OTOH, they would be stumped by this one, I'm almost positive about that.

    Thank you for your sincere reply; I appreciate your honesty and willingness to share.

    I think that part of the cause is probably the nose of my saddle being tilted upward (slightly). I have done that for years b/c it helps me put less weight on the bars through my hands, but now that I've been riding for over a decade I probably no longer need the nose tilted upward b/c my back is stronger as well as my abs - AND, I'm dialing my fit this spring.
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    strangely enough, I decided that some of my problems with shorts are because of lack of core strength. I have been working on that, so we'll see.

    Thicker pads do seem to push around the crotch area. I went to larger shorts, that seems to have helped some of the issues I've had

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