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Numbness "down there"(11 posts)

Numbness "down there"Erik W
May 1, 2001 5:42 PM
I just got my new road bike this weekend and have been experiencing numbness on my rides. Today I went for a long ride and was numb for many hours after the ride. Which needless to say, scared the crap out of me. I had the bike built for me by Excel Sports here in Boulder. They were nice enough to let me exchange the saddle when I went in there today. I had a Selle San Marco Era and changed it out for a Selle Italia Flite Trans Am. I haven't ridden it yet with the new saddle. My questions are, who out there has had similar numbness and what did you do to rectify it? If changing your saddle helped what did you have and what did you change to? Are there other ideas on how to get rid of numbness by changing saddle positon? Thanks in advance for your help. Erik
Something to consider...biknben
May 1, 2001 6:01 PM
I had some initial numbness when I recently switched to the SLR saddle. I experimented with slight changes until it was more comfortable. I originally set the saddle level to the ground. After a couple uncomfortable days I pointed the nose down a few millimeters and things got better.

Other tips would be to regularly move your arse on the saddle. This will help to distribute the load. I tend to shift my butt every minute or so. I tend to do it when I'm going over a bump since my pedal stroke is being disrupted anyway.

Good luck
re: Numbness where?Erik W
May 1, 2001 6:12 PM
I guess I could've been more specific. A numb tallywacker is what I was referring to. I had numbness on a short, 18 mile ride yesterday as well. So it's something that starts soon after I start riding.
re: Numbness where?Skip
May 1, 2001 6:37 PM
Lets see if the BB will accept true medical terms - testicles, peXis, perineum, vulva, vagina, labia, anus, clitoris. Well, it accepted all but one.
re: Numbness where?Skip
May 1, 2001 6:41 PM
Shame that on an adult BB, we have to resort to such first grade terms as "tallywacker", etc.
Try another saddleAndy
May 1, 2001 7:42 PM
You may have to bite the bullet and try a different saddle. Everybody's anatomy is a little different so results may vary. My old "touring" bike had a Specialized Body Geometry Comp saddle which was quite comfortable but not recommended for competition.

When I purchased my training bike it came with a Gel Flite saddle which almost killed me with a one-two punch of blisters and numbbess. I switched to a Trans Am saddle with the cutout instead of the gel circle. That instantly took care of the blisters but the numbness never went away, ever.

Yesterday I switched to a Specialized Body Geometry S-Works and I'll give that a try for 200 miles. If that doesn't improve things I'm going to sell all these saddles on eBay and try something else, maybe a Terry Fly.
Saddles to try.Highgear
May 2, 2001 3:36 AM
WTB SST Classic with comfort zone, Avocet O2, selle sanmarco Regal,Rolls or Squadra. I have found that most Selle Italia saddles feel the same, bad. Sanmarco fit my bottom better. I don't think that we cyclists have to use a saddle with a split, I never felt right on one and I have tried Koobie, Trans-Am and the Sanmarco Aero. They make you stay put in the middle of the saddle and I don't know about you but I move from front to back due to the riding conditions, hills or going fast on the flats. Being kept in one position can add to discomfort too. Find one that feels best and get up out of the saddle every 5-10 minutes to get the blood flowing.
You almost made me say underwear....nmthat'smrfredtoyou
May 1, 2001 8:56 PM
re: Numbness "down there"CA
May 2, 2001 6:50 AM
I just got a new bike in Jan. and it also had an Era saddle. I had the same problem (scary problem to say the least). After getting the seat angle adjusted (nose a little higher than back) it slowly went away. Now that the saddle is broken in and my nether region is used to it I have no problems.
re: NumbnessKevin M
May 2, 2001 7:09 AM
I have had a similar experience with several older saddles in the past. I tried the Terry saddles and found that they don't give me as much of a problem. I have a Terry Liberator on my touring bike and a Terry Race Ti on my new DeBernardi Zona. I still have to get out of the saddle occassionaly to relieve some numbness.

My ExperienceStewK
May 2, 2001 7:13 PM
I've had a Body Geometry Comfort, a Terry Comfort, a WTB Comfort Zone and, now, a Selle Italia Trimatic. The Trimatic is the only one that hasn't given me any numbness (yet). I have 400 miles on it.

Everyone is different. Just keep trying and good luck.