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Old 10-22-14, 06:20 AM
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Saddle angle?

I have had two bikes fitted to me by a shop in Columbia SC, 100 miles drive for me. No problems ever with the fit.

In fact the only problem I have is the nose of the saddle puts pressure on my testicles. Make me think I need to point the nose down. I did change the saddle to a Brooks B17 which sets much better. Just the pressure where i don't want it.

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Buy a noseless saddle ?

wear supportive underwear , Y fronts.. ,Jockey F o t L. etc.


keep the saddle level [otherwise you are pushing yourself back up on the sloped saddle all the time w your Hands]
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Fietsbob is right: tilting the nose of the saddle down can create the problem of tending to slide forward on the saddle. Then you will expend energy on trying to keep yourself on the saddle. One or two degrees of downward tilt is often tolerated if the saddle is the right shape, but more can create issues.

Is your discomfort/pain only testicular?

Also, pain can sometimes be "referred". That is to say, you experience it in one place but it is caused elsewhere. If this is the case, a saddle with a cut-out may help.
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You are meant to sit at the rear of the saddle, with your pelvic bones resting on the widest part of the saddle.

Tilting the saddle nose down tends to make you slide forward. This increases pressure on your hands as you're always pushing yourself back. And when you slide forward, you sit on the narrow nose of the saddle which concentrates pressure on yours soft bits.

Most people prefer the saddle level or very slightly tilted nose up. This keeps them positioned correctly.

Then underclothing w/ support - a cup, etc.
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Good tight bike shorts are the thing. They should take a little bit of effort to get into. No underclothing! After you get settled on the saddle, reach down into the shorts and pull everything up, fold it over, whatever you need to do. I try to be a little inconspicuous when I do that. It'll stay put in good tight shorts.

Yeah, level saddle. If your bars are much below your saddle, maybe a Brooks isn't the best choice for perineal comfort.
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I experimented with tilting the nose down which solved the numbness in my groin immediately...at the expense of increased numbness in my hands along with stiffer shoulders and neck from holding myself up. I just bought a split saddle which should allow both problems to be eliminated. Also I read that if the saddle is slightly too high, you might tend to slip forward onto the nose instead maintaining position at the rear of the saddle.

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Originally Posted by SammyJ
I have had two bikes fitted to me by a shop in Columbia SC, 100 miles drive for me. No problems ever with the fit.

In fact the only problem I have is the nose of the saddle puts pressure on my testicles. Make me think I need to point the nose down. I did change the saddle to a Brooks B17 which sets much better. Just the pressure where i don't want it.

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Get a saddle with a channel in the middle. For example:

PROLOGO

Another alternative is to get a saddle that is not easy to slide on so that you can tilt it level or downwards. Prologo makes saddles that have micro channel grips (CPC models), so you could point it down slightly and not slip:

PROLOGO
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[QUOTE= Yeah, level saddle. If your bars are much below your saddle, maybe a Brooks isn't the best choice for perineal comfort.[/QUOTE]


+1

Sitting, while cycling, on any clothing seams can also cause pressure points. Especially blue jeans. Although while living car free (on a Fuji 10 speed) in my 20s, it didn't seem to bother me.
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