Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Pilonidal cyst: Different bike, or no bike at all?

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Pilonidal cyst: Different bike, or no bike at all?

Old 07-14-13, 01:49 PM
  #1  
ganchan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pilonidal cyst: Different bike, or no bike at all?

I recently sold my Giant Simple Seven cruiser, mainly because I needed the money and wasn't really using the bike as much as I'd anticipated. But another factor was my first incidence of a pilonidal cyst flareup. I've since learned that my dad had 4 or 5 such flareups during his adult years, though they always died down again without lancing or surgery; they eventually stopped completely as he got older. I don't know whether I'll be lucky enough to avoid the knife like he did, but the fact that I had my first-ever flareup (at age 47) only after I started cycling has given me pause. I have a feeling that riding in the upright position on a comfort seat promotes rocking back onto the tailbone area, especially when fatigued, and the resulting pressure + sweat makes this kind of cycling a no-go for me in the future.

The question now is, would it make sense to stop cycling for an extended period (or even permanently)? Or should I try again with a different style of bike that allows a somewhat more forward riding position, and maybe a split-top seat as well? I'm not an avid cyclist, but I appreciate the cardio workout and time saved over, say, walking....
ganchan is offline  
Old 07-14-13, 03:04 PM
  #2  
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Posts: 8,945
Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 420 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 12 Posts
If an upright position on a comfort seat is causing the problem, I would look at a more forward-leaning position (longer stem, lower handlebars) and a less-padded seat. Consult a bicycle-fitting professional, too- they may have dealt with issues similar to yours and have specific solutions.

I'd also consult a dermatologist- there may be a way to reduce or eliminate the cyst without surgery.
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline  
Old 07-14-13, 09:15 PM
  #3  
Homebrew01
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Posts: 21,037

Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 792 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 21 Times in 19 Posts
A Pilonidal cyst ?? I've been wondering what that little lump back there is.
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike.

FYI: http://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sugg...ad-please.html
Homebrew01 is offline  
Old 09-04-13, 09:23 PM
  #4  
squeakyschwinn
Member
 
squeakyschwinn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Arizona State
Posts: 36

Bikes: 1983 Schwinn Traveler; 2013 Fuji Roubaix 3.0 LE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I wanted to chime in here for anyone who may research this. I'm temporarily sidelined as a result of this and pending a second surgery. If you find the right surgeon (I'm flying to Oregon for mine), I've been assured that cycling will remain an option with the right procedure and care. I initially had an open wound which required packing for 2 months. A constant paranoia remained about that scar until it finally became a reality. That being said, I have ruled out mountain biking for good and also invested in a good Specialized saddle.
squeakyschwinn is offline  
Old 09-05-13, 06:09 AM
  #5  
anthonygeo
Senior Member
 
anthonygeo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Western kentucky
Posts: 455

Bikes: Kickbike, Raleigh M60, Electra Cruiser, Marin Nail Trail, Schwinn Hinge

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pilonidal cyst: Different bike, or no bike at all?

My turn, I've never heard of this and apparently my doctors either. For YEARS I've had a similar issue near the "nether" region of my butt. My Gastro and Dermatologist never can find anything (visual exam) but I know it's there. I haven't been on my bike for a couple weeks and no issues, yet. Ill be riding today and its always on my mind.

Last edited by anthonygeo; 09-05-13 at 06:12 AM.
anthonygeo is offline  
Old 09-05-13, 06:48 AM
  #6  
anthonygeo
Senior Member
 
anthonygeo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Western kentucky
Posts: 455

Bikes: Kickbike, Raleigh M60, Electra Cruiser, Marin Nail Trail, Schwinn Hinge

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Pilonidal cyst: Different bike, or no bike at all?

You could try Kick Biking, that's my backup
anthonygeo is offline  
Old 09-08-13, 12:58 AM
  #7  
Roody
Sophomoric Member
 
Roody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
Posts: 24,236
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 702 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
OP, do you wear padded cycling shorts?
__________________

"Think Outside the Cage"
Roody is offline  
Old 09-08-13, 08:22 AM
  #8  
squeakyschwinn
Member
 
squeakyschwinn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Arizona State
Posts: 36

Bikes: 1983 Schwinn Traveler; 2013 Fuji Roubaix 3.0 LE

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
You could try Kick Biking, that's my backup
Interesting. I've never heard of that and had to look it up. I can't say it would be my first option, but the Race models are intriguing. Hopefully, it wont come to that. Spending thousands to fly up to a great surgeon who has assured me cycling will be possible.

Also, I'm not the OP, but I can comment on the padded bike shorts. I did not initially wear (although do now), but I've been told that the cause of the condition is not known. Cycling isn't believed to cause the pilonidal issue, as it is possibly genetic and remains dormant. However, trauma to the area, or possibly cycling, will bring it out of hibernation and it will be recurrent until surgically corrected.
squeakyschwinn is offline  
Old 09-08-13, 04:50 PM
  #9  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 7,524

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1315 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 12 Posts
Now there is one thing that riding a bent wouldnt cure.
rydabent is offline  
Old 09-08-13, 06:45 PM
  #10  
skye
Senior Member
 
skye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 892
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Now there is one thing that riding a bent wouldnt cure.
Actually, it might. Recumbent bikes distribute the weight across a larger area, and the position of the buttocks would cushion the cyst from contact.

The OP might very well want to take a look at a recumbent. Depending on his cycling style, there are a wide range of 'bents, from go-fast (Cruzbike, Bachetta, Baron), to randonneuring (RANS Xstream), to touring (HP Velotechnik, RANS).

None, of course, are UCI sanctioned, but fun is fun, whatever form it comes in.
skye is offline  
Old 09-09-13, 08:57 AM
  #11  
Looigi
Senior Member
 
Looigi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 8,951
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hmmm. On my conventional bike, the end of my coccyx is at least 2-3" from the saddle due to sitting on the ischial tuberosities and leaning forward. Sitting on any other kind of seat or chair, it comes much closer and contacts in some cases. How does a recumbent seat compare to these situations?
Looigi is offline  
Old 09-09-13, 07:41 PM
  #12  
Steamer
Senior Member
 
Steamer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: high ground
Posts: 1,052
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 122 Post(s)
Liked 5 Times in 5 Posts
i have a mild pilonidal cyst problem, and my recumbents don't typically aggravate it much (if at all), but it is worth noting that I ride machines with very laid back seats and high cranks, so my top-o-butt crack is almost not even making contact with the seat. I would think a less reclined bent would make the problem worse though. Riding on a regular bike seems to not have any affect on it at all. What gives me problems is regularly sleeping on my back or slouching on a hard chair.
Steamer is offline  
Old 09-09-13, 08:08 PM
  #13  
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Posts: 15,463

Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 462 Post(s)
Liked 15 Times in 15 Posts
I could imagine that some recumbent bikes/seats would not play well with a pilonidal cyst.
__________________
RANS V3 Ti, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
JanMM is offline  
Old 09-29-14, 11:21 AM
  #14  
ganchan
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
You could try Kick Biking, that's my backup
Reawakening this old thread to note that I've been trying a Kickbike G4 City this week, and i'm not sure it'll get the job done for me. I don't mind going slow, but this thing practically grinds to a stop whenever I'm not on tabletop-flat ground. (It does fly on the downhills, but going back up is pretty much impossible.) And at slow speeds the front end feels very twitchy and wobbly. So I may have to risk recurrent flareups after all -- at least until I can afford an operation.

That said, would your basic "sport hybrid" such as the Giant Escape allow me to adopt a reasonably forward-leaning position? If so, maybe I could also get a special saddle with the notch cut out of the back....
ganchan is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
dwhite53
Bicycle Mechanics
8
11-17-15 12:21 AM
nz6666
Folding Bikes
4
04-26-15 05:31 PM
rossatobennett
Classic & Vintage
2
08-11-12 10:42 PM
fixedpip
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
3
04-29-05 12:42 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.