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Leg numbness advise please!

Old 06-11-14, 11:14 AM
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Leg numbness advise please!

After 30 miles of riding my legs are going to sleep. I suspect, that by not wearing bibs, I am pinching a nerve or artery while sitting on the seat. Does this theory make sense? If I rise off of the seat and peddle periodically will it help or will I need to get over my hang-up and get some bibs.

This newbie would appreciate any feedback.
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Old 06-11-14, 02:36 PM
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I don't think it's the lack of bibs. There are many alternatives to bibs that aren't as form fitting but still work well for cycling. Generally they are bike specific shorts or pants. I think standing occasionally is a good idea. It really depends on where you are suffering numbness.

One of the other mods suggested it might be a fit/saddle issue. What kind of bike, what kind of saddle are you using?

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Old 06-11-14, 03:22 PM
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My rear end can go to sleep if I stay on the saddle long enough. I make it a point to get off the bike once in a while, it's not like I'm in a race or anything.
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Old 06-11-14, 08:35 PM
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Thanks for the replies

When I ride tomorrow, I will try raising up off of the seat periodically and see if that helps. I do wear "under armor" boxing shorts to prevent chafing under my street clothes. But I may have to break down and buy some bike shorts.

The bike is an Orbea Aqua with a Selle Italia F11 saddle.
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I would switch to a different saddle.

Perhaps you could discuss this with the manager of your LBS. Tell this person that you'd like to pay for a saddle at that time, but because of this issue you're having, you'd like to have the opportunity to switch saddles one time only, if this same issue persists. Furthermore, tell them that you don't mind paying extra for the accommodation.
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Old 06-12-14, 03:10 AM
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Your legs are going to sleep? What part of your legs?
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Originally Posted by WestPablo View Post
I would switch to a different saddle.

Perhaps you could discuss this with the manager of your LBS. Tell this person that you'd like to pay for a saddle at that time, but because of this issue you're having, you'd like to have the opportunity to switch saddles one time only, if this same issue persists. Furthermore, tell them that you don't mind paying extra for the accommodation.
Good LBSs will often have many different saddles for you to try. Everybody's @$$ is different...
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Old 06-12-14, 07:14 AM
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You need to stand on the pedals every few minutes regardless. Before looking at a new saddle, see how just standing some helps. The next step is fit - saddle height and position. To start with do you have the normal leg length where you have a very slight bend in your knee when the pedal is at the 6:00 position? Is the saddle level?
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After 30 miles of riding my legs are going to sleep.
After 30 miles get off the bike and take a break.
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Old 06-12-14, 07:57 AM
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You actually may have a pinched nerve in your back. While DF saddles are uncomfortable, I dont believe the main arteries go thru the sit area.
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Old 06-12-14, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by cplager View Post
Good LBSs will often have many different saddles for you to try. Everybody's @$$ is different...
Apparently there aren't many good LBS in my area. I'm trying to buy a new saddle and trying to find someplace that will let me demo a few. The one closest to me have Adamo for demo rental at $25 a week, I'm currently testing a Road. I emailed the owner and he's going to let me try out his personal SMP Dynamic saddle, which is very nice of him. But they don't have any other demos. Another place that has SMP saddles about an hour away said I could try one out for a "short ride." Well, I'm not going to buy a $250 saddle based on a "short ride." Looks like some people "buy" saddles from Performance bikes and just return the ones that they don't like which is another option.
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I rode 40 miles today and now I feel dumb because it is just my feet that are going numb. I guess I need to research a more appropriate foot wear. I have been wearing new balance running shoes. I like them for running but they might not be appropriate for cycling.
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Hi. Try changing the tilt angle of your saddle a tiny bit down. I had the same problem on my older bike. After about 20 miles my feet would be tingly, and if I ignored it, would progress to numbness. This was definitely circulation, because stopping and putting my feet down would result in "pins and needles" as the circulation was restored. After trying numerous other things, I changed the tilt of my saddle (an old-school Viscount Imperial) to get the edge away from the lower fold crease of my butt, and that's all it took. (I rode then and still do in cheap sneakers.) I hope you'll be able to find as easy a solution as I did. Good luck.
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Old 06-12-14, 03:53 PM
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I was wondering if it was your feet. A bicycle specific shoe will probably help with numbness. However, if it's your toes going numb, it may be that you are suffering from Morton's neuroma and just don't know it yet. No matter what I do I occasionally get foot numbness or hot foot. Part of that is that your feet don't have the freedom to move on a bike that they are used to. I find that shaking them around and wiggling my toes will reduce the discomfort.
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