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Old 11-12-10, 05:20 AM   #1
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Numb on the rollers, but not on the road. why?

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I can ride my bike 50 , 60 miles or more with no numbness in my crotch or hands. 30 minutes on the rollers however and I start getting numbness in both. Anyone else experience this? Any solutions?

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Old 11-12-10, 05:30 AM   #2
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It's likely because you aren't moving around as much as you do when you ride outside. When you're outside you stand, sit, and shift your position on the saddle ... you probably don't do that when you're on the rollers.
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This is one of the reasons I like emotion rollers. You can stand up anytime you want and don't have to be careful when you stand. You can also shift your weight around easier and the "bowling alley bumper" wheels will put you back on course. You can still fall off of emotion rollers, but you have to really mess up bad to make it happen.
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This is one of the reasons I like emotion rollers. You can stand up anytime you want and don't have to be careful when you stand. You can also shift your weight around easier and the "bowling alley bumper" wheels will put you back on course. You can still fall off of emotion rollers, but you have to really mess up bad to make it happen.
I think it proves that riding on rollers–even the emotions–is not exactly like riding on the road. It's almost as if the fit is somehow different when on rollers, though I can't put my finger on it exactly. Even with the emotions, which I have, riding seated the same length of time on the road and on the rollers does not result in the same numbness. I agree with utefan that the benefit of the emotions is that you can stand plus change positions on the saddle more readily, thereby providing relief. I ride for an hour on mine and absolutely must stand and pedal periodically.

Edit: Just reread OPs' point about numbness being in the hands too. This I don't experience.
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Old 11-12-10, 07:07 AM   #5
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I don't ride rollers but I occasionally ride a trainer (only when I really have to) and notice they are always higher in the back than the front. This forces me to point downward. I experience this as well on treadmills. So make sure that it isn't a case where the bike isn't level. Otherwise I would have to agree with the 1st reply.
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I don't ride rollers but I occasionally ride a trainer (only when I really have to) and notice they are always higher in the back than the front. This forces me to point downward. I experience this as well on treadmills. So make sure that it isn't a case where the bike isn't level. Otherwise I would have to agree with the 1st reply.
So put a piece of wood or something under the front tire already! Never saw a treadmill that pointed down.
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Yes, you have to shift position with both butt and hands. I shift hand positions every 5 minutes. Shifting hand positions also shifts my butt position. That helps, but I still have to stand and pedal every 20 minutes or so. It's not all that hard. Start by just coming a little way out of the saddle and pedal without bobbing. As you get better at it, you can come all the way up, rock the bike, etc. It's easier to stand on the rollers in a big gear.
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You may also be gripping harder because your on rollers... that coupled with no standing/shuffling is giving you numbness in the crotch.
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