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Ouch!!! Nerve pinched in my butt!(2 posts)

Ouch!!! Nerve pinched in my butt!John R.
Sep 1, 2001 3:15 PM
While seated, feels like a nerve is being pinched near my sit-bone. Sends a pain shooting down my leg through my knee. Shifting around on the saddle seemed to help it, but after 50 miles the pain became bad. I had to ride the last 4 miles of 68 with one leg doing 80% of the work (note - same old saddle, shoes and bike adjustment).

Get off the bike and I immediately feel fine, except for a little residual twinging when I climb the stairs. Anyone have a similar experience? What did you do about it? I am afraid this will happen during my century ride in 2 weeks.

John R.
Similar problem w/gel saddleKristin
Sep 3, 2001 7:25 AM
Here is a quote that described my periodic trouble with a Serfas Groove Gel saddle:

"If the saddle has too much padding, it can conform to the perineum, which is the area between your sit bones. That area has arteries and nerves running through it, that, when compressed, can cause pain."

~Gale Bernhardt: "The Female Cyclist"

I don't know how long you've been riding, but she also discusses how novice riders (like myself) "sit" on the saddle more than experienced riders who "suspend" themselves above the saddle. This gives the gel plenty of time "conform". It doesn't happen on every ride, but once it begins, its a painful plague that destroys the rest of the ride.

Perhaps its time to go saddle shopping.

Good luck,