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New Road Rider Question about Numbness(10 posts)

New Road Rider Question about Numbnessmtnrider
Feb 2, 2002 9:57 AM
Hi, I am a new roadrider. I bought an Airborne Zepplin about 3 weeks ago(it rocks) and have been riding it on rollers. The problem is after about 20-30 mins I get numbness in my jimmy I mean not tingling but complete novacaine type numbness. I have been riding mountain bikes for a couple of years (about 1500miles a year)and have never had any thing like this happen. To say this causes me some concern is an understatement. I have read all over that this is caused by the saddle so I switched my mtb saddle(selle italia flite) onto my road ride. The same thing happened. When I ride I switch from the drops to the hoods to keep changing my riding pos. but this doesn't seem to help either. Also I switched the road bike saddle(selle italia trans am) to the mtb and road in complete comfort. The road bike bars are about 1 inch below the level of the seat. I have read that that is an exceptable level. I did get to ride the road bike outside one time and did not have any problem but I did stand and shift around on the saddle wich I can't do yet on the rollers. Does riding rollers contribute to this problem? My only other Guess is that I should change the stem to a higher angle to bring the bars closer to the seat level. Does this sound like the solution? or should I consider other seats? any advice would be appreciated.
Dear numbnutsLone Gunman
Feb 2, 2002 10:23 AM
It (problem) may have more to do with the angle of your saddle. If you are set at plumb level this may not be good for you as a rider because it rotates your hips forward just enough to be causing either a loss of blood flow or nerve pinch/pressure point. Tip the nose of the saddle up so that when using a carpenters level the nose is high, it rolls your hips back a bit and may relieve the problem.
I agree....geof
Feb 2, 2002 12:10 PM
One thing about rollers, is you tend to spin an easier gear so you don't get any "lift" from have to put in a bit of power to the pedals, thus causing more load on the Jimmy zone. I had the same problem and have relieved it mostly by doing as suggested with the seat and learning to rotate my hips into a better position and also riding with no hands so you can sit up and relieve the pressure.

Good luck.....
Agree also, and see my answer to "Need Help" (above) -NMTig
Feb 2, 2002 4:54 PM
re: New Road Rider Question about Numbnessfirstrax
Feb 2, 2002 10:41 AM
Rollers are going to be more uncomfortable. I use a gel saddle cover when I ride rollers and stop for 5 minutes every 30.
Possible Solutionliu02bhs
Feb 2, 2002 10:58 AM
I had the same problem when I started riding. Here is what I did to solve it:
* Tilt to saddle to be horizontal.
* Rise the stem.
* Wear chamois.
* Ride a lot.
* Change positions once in a while.
If you break yourself in, the numbness will go away.
re: New Road Rider Question about NumbnessBroomwagon
Feb 2, 2002 11:01 AM
Although I have never ridden rollers, I do experience similar problems at times when riding my trainer. I believe the problem is that at least on a trainer, your bike is fixed and you are not having to continually adjust your position to maintain your balance. If you think about it, when riding outdoors, you are continually sliding forward, backwards, side-to-side, and standing based on the terrain, maintaining speed, cadence, etc. On a trainer, you can stand but you are not moving as much and are probably spending more time in a particular seated position.

That's my theory for what it's worth.
re: New Road Rider Question about NumbnessWoof the dog
Feb 2, 2002 3:06 PM
i think ive written plenty already :-O

as i was saying there, i think, you gotta learn how to take your butt off the saddle. Practice and you can do it.

saddle/bar height might helpSanjuro!
Feb 3, 2002 4:02 PM
I have the bars on my new(er) bike set pretty close to the height of the saddle. This was not the case w/ my old ride. I have not experienced numbness on my new bike. I won't claim that this is the catch-all solution, but I think it helped me.
re: New Road Rider Question about NumbnessVitusdude
Feb 4, 2002 7:47 AM
I had the same problem on a stationary trainer. It wasn't bike set up because I don't have the problem on the road. I have heard similar stories from others. My solution was/is to bundle up, bike commute, and just ride the road in all sorts of weather. I may get numb hands, feet, and face, but john boy stays comfy.