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Old 07-16-09, 06:43 PM   #1
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Numbness in groin area after riding

Immediately after riding, I get a numbness in the groin area. Usually, I don't notice as much, while on the bike. Nor do I really feel uncomfortable while on the bike. But if I've ridden 5 or more miles, and step off the bike, I'm pretty numb in the groin area. It can last for about ten minutes or more until I'm feeling normal again. Does anyone know what I can do to alleviate this problem? I think that I've got the seat situated at the proper height. Is it just something biological to do with me? Or are there specific seats that you think might be able to help me out with this? Should I try different seat positions? If so, what are they, the makers, etc. and where could I get them? This is one reason why I don't like riding much, like I used to, and I'd really like to start riding more often, commuting to work, etc. I've got a Trek, hybrid, nothing fancy. Any suggestions? Anybody here with similar problems? What can I do?
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Old 07-16-09, 07:07 PM   #2
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I get that when my saddle is too tip up.
For me there is a very fine line between that and too tilted down so I'm sliding forward and putting too much weight on my hands.
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Old 07-16-09, 08:10 PM   #3
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Just to be perfectly clear, are you talking about NPS (Numb P*cker Syndrome)?
Some saddles are better or worse than others for some guys. Do you try to not stay planted on the saddle? Rise up a little frequently. Move around.

If all else fails, buy a recumbent. Never never ever a problem on my 'bent.
Occasionally (rarely) happens when I ride upright. I use WTB Rocket V saddles on my hybrid and tandem.
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Old 07-17-09, 03:03 PM   #4
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Some saddles definitely are better than others. Specialized saddles have a good reputation for some people.

Also, sometimes you can adjust the nose of the saddle to tilt down slightly - if the nose is above the back of the saddle, it's tilted way to far up.
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