There was recently a topic on the over 50 site about prostatitis. I had maintained that a recumbent was much better if you had this condition than an upright. Doubt if I convinced any of the DF die hards, but I have to repost what I just posted over there. A story of my adventures today.
My wife and I were out riding today enjoying the changing leaf colors and Indian Summer weather when lo and behold a guy with a recumbent like mine rode by, a very unusual occurance here in ND as I am one of the few bent riders around.
Immediately he told me that he had had "prostate trouble " for years and years and hadn't and couldn't ride a bike for many years. He said somebody rode past his house last summer (probably me) and he thought "I'll bet I could ride one of those without raising heck with my prostate!" He bought one, a Burley LWB and has ridden every day since with no problems. He loved the bent!
The only problem with all this was that we met him on a fairly narrow trail and it was tough to get by him as his smile was so wide!
A fellow bent rider on a tour a couple of years ago said "we are saving the biking sport - one ass at a time!" He may have to change it to "one prostate at a time!"
Bents were the best thing that came out of my prostate cancer. If not for the cancer and the subsequent surgery, I'd still be riding my Serotta and Eisentraut and finishing rides with a sore rear end, sore back, numb hands and a stiff neck. I never knew how much I was in pain until I switched after 22 seasons of DF riding.
I'd probably ride an upright a bit more if I could, but my back troubles won't let me. I do ride a folder when we are travelling in our little hatchback, but usually only 10 miles or so to explore around places we go by. I envy the DF's on steep uphills, though, although I get there slower but more comfortably.
One of these days I'm going to test ride a CF bike to see how my back likes or dislikes it, so I could maybe do some limited mountain biking.
Hey folks, wrists are NOT meant to bear weight, asses are.
Actually, according to what I've read, weight should be distributed evenly between hands, butt, and feet. I guess that means if your butt and wrists both hurt, that's as good as uprights get! That's where I was, 9 years ago. Like most of us on this forum, I prefer for neither to hurt, which is why I started riding bents in the first place.
IMHO, the nether region that the saddle presses upon, aka 'sitz bones' is definitely NOT designed by Mother Nature to bear weight. Just because saddles are designed to go there doesn't imply the reverse: that perinea are designed to put saddles in.
Been riding upright bikes as an adult for 30+ years; have been riding a Rans Tailwind since March (1500 mi.). Never had trouble with my seat or the (upright) bike's seat. (I have WTB Rocket V Race saddles on my hybrid and on the tandem I ride with my wife.)
The complete lack of neck/wrist/hand discomfort is what is so impressive about 'bent riding. I've stopped my Holy Grail search for the non-existent Perfect Gel Gloves and I no longer have to obsessively change my hand position or shake my hands and wrists regularly to keep the blood flowing and the nerves transmitting.