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Sore/Numb - Is it a fit or saddle issue?

Old 07-23-15, 02:41 PM
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Sore/Numb - Is it a fit or saddle issue?

I've been getting back into riding over the last few weeks and have had some recurring numbness and soreness. I've only been riding ~15 miles at a time. I've had soreness before, but the numbness is sort of a new thing.

Will any of the soreness go away as I get back into the habit? Do I just need to adjust the fit of my bike? Is a professional fitting worth it? Could this be a saddle issues? I'm looking for any help I can get. Thanks
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Old 07-23-15, 03:14 PM
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[QUOTE=landesb;18007482]I've been getting back into riding over the last few weeks and have had some recurring numbness and soreness. I've only been riding ~15 miles at a time. I've had soreness before, but the numbness is sort of a new thing.

Will any of the soreness go away as I get back into the habit?
yes

Do I just need to adjust the fit of my bike? Is a professional fitting worth it?
For soreness, if doesn't go away, then yes. For numbness, yes.

Could this be a saddle issues?
If the numbness and soreness is where you sit, then yes - absolutely. (you didn't say).

Saddles have to fit properly so you are sitting on your "sit bones" aka ischial tuberosities. If the saddle is too narrow, then you will be sitting on all the nerves and blood vessels that run through that area. That's not good or healthy long term. There are saddles with cutouts that can also help with this. If you are not sure what to do, the best advice is to go to a competent bike store (LBS) with a respected bike fitter and figure it out. Most bike stores have some sort of a demo program to help you figure it out too.

Saddle adjustment can also figure into this with respect to saddle tilt up and down and to some degree, fore and aft. Again, a bike fitter can fix this for you.

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Old 07-23-15, 04:26 PM
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Numbness is normally a saddle issue. But it can also be a how you're sitting on the seat issue. Make sure that you're actually sitting on the wide part of the saddle and not the nose.

But if you're sure that you're sitting on the saddle correctly, and the numbness doesn't go away, then you probably need to get a new saddle. A good LBS should help you find the right saddle, but it may take a few iterations to get it correct, so check to see what kind of saddle program your LBS has.

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Old 07-23-15, 09:25 PM
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Old 07-23-15, 09:36 PM
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i used to get numb butt and then i bought the planet bike 5020. its nice and cushy but still sporty. now my but is fine.

Amazon.com: Planet Bike 5020 Men's ARS Standard Anatomic Relief Saddle with Gel
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