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Numb package(13 posts)

Numb packageFlying Chkn
Nov 27, 2001 11:08 AM
Help! After about 20 minutes in the saddle I am losing feeling and circulation in the groin. I have been fit for my bike twice and have even moved the seat forward a few cm.s to get my butt further back. The seat to bar drop is about 9cm's but feels comfortable. The stem is 0 degree 100mm. I'm sitting on a Selle Italia Flite Ti Gel. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Stand up and sprint every 10 minutes.diaper gravy
Nov 27, 2001 11:12 AM
re: Numb packageSintesi
Nov 27, 2001 11:51 AM
Make sure your sit bones are squarely supported by the back of the saddle. If you feel as if you are straddling it or if there is a lot of pressure on your perineal area, it is possible that this saddle is too narrow for you. I had this saddle and I think it's a good one (i.e. not too soft) but it is slim and not for everyone. If you are a beginner, you might want to raise the stem a little and see what that does for you. Also fiddle w/ seat height and tilt. Use common sense, just a little adjustment at a time. Often this is all it takes. Proper fit is a process of trial and error and different for all.

Lastly if you try everything it still bugs you by all means try some other saddle. Selle Italia makes a number of "Trans-Am" versions of their saddle line up w/ the junk saver groove down the middle. Works for me.

I hate to tell you this but you might end up trying 2 or 3 different saddles before you find the right one. Last resort though. Good luck.
TransAm workstarwheel
Nov 27, 2001 2:18 PM
I've got a SI TransAm Max saddle and it works as advertised. I've never had the slightest bit of numbness with the TA Max, which is slightly wider than regular versions of Flite saddles and has a hole down the middle.
Ditch the FliteNessism
Nov 27, 2001 1:12 PM
I learned this the hard way. I'll spare you the ugly details but surfice it to say that changing the saddle was the happiest day of my life!

Of course everyone is different but I like the Avocet O2: wider in back and narrower in the front compared to the Flite. Good luck.
Ditch the gelElefantino
Nov 27, 2001 1:30 PM
Gel is the biggest scam since ... well, since I bought a third bike and didn't tell my wife.

Anyway, ask any urologist who rides and he will tell you that gel, rather than cushioning your package, actually shifts around to create pressure points in those nether regions. And the seaming around the gel inserts creates more pressure points.

Closed-cell foam doesn't do this.
Ditch the gelC-mond
Nov 27, 2001 2:17 PM
your absolutely right about the gel. I don't get it. Maybe it works for some people-
It's personalmuncher
Nov 28, 2001 10:03 AM
I really like my tri-matic gel - most comfortable thing I have ridden since the Brooks I had when I was a kid, which is a personal thing too I guess.
Bilateral orchiectomy will fix that, and you! ;-) (nm)js5280
Nov 27, 2001 3:56 PM
re: Numb packagezac
Nov 27, 2001 4:32 PM
the max transam also works well for me. the most significant change i've found results from tilting the seat back slightly which keeps the sit bones on the back of the seat. with the seat level or tilted forward i found myself sliding forward and taking all the pressure on the soft tissues. i also found that if the seat cushioning is too soft the sit bones sink in forcing the rest of the seat to press against the soft tissues. the others are right, though, since it may take a few seats to find the right fit.
Get a Brooks!UncleMoe
Nov 27, 2001 4:43 PM
You knew it was coming. Do a search on Brooks and read all the comments from both the believers and detractors. The Brooks B17 worked for me and I'll never go back to a modern saddle.
Flite Gel to Max TransAmRich Clark
Nov 28, 2001 7:49 AM
Everybody's different, and saddle fit is a personal thing, but I had a Flite Gel that was horribly uncomfortable and put pressure exactly in the wrong place. The Max Trans Am, with the center cutout, is perfect for me, and I now have one on each of my bikes. It's also a bit wider than the Flite (but there's also a Trans Am version of the Flite).

If you have a narrow butt, the century trans am is good, too.NMaet
Nov 28, 2001 12:19 PM