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Padded short question(8 posts)

Padded short questionshwndh
Sep 22, 2002 5:45 PM
I just started road biking and I just cannot avoid the numbness in my privates after about 1hr into my ride. I've swapped saddles, changed seat angles, everything, and even though it's not as bad as it was before, I still get numb.

I was wondering if I could get some shorts with extra padding in them or a gel insert. All the shorts I've seen are pretty much the same though. I'm a heavier rider and I think I need a little more padding in the middle. I have an old pair of le coq sportif tights that no longer fit that have a thicker than normal pad and I can't seem to find anymore like them anywhere! Any suggestions on what I can do?

re: Padded short questionThe Human G-Nome
Sep 22, 2002 5:59 PM
just buy a gel around cutout seat like this one:

i own it and i've never had the formentioned problems again.
Keep doing what you're doing.Scot_Gore
Sep 22, 2002 6:57 PM
The discomfort you're feeling is all part of dialing in the fit of the bike.

Comfort on any particular saddle by each particular arse is highly variable. It sounds like you're doing all the right stuff. Swapping saddles and changing seat angles are the right things to be doing, keep at it until you're dialed in.

You are probably already doing this, but if, not check your saddle to bar drop, could a change in stem, bar angle, hood position, stack height, or other stuff help. Experiment with different riding positions and see if the numbness occurs in all positions. If not, that might give you clues for saddle position in your preferred (majority of time) position.

I personally don't think that lots of short padding will make much difference. My wife has back trouble. The worst thing you can do for her is put her on a soft, padded bed. By the same token, lots of short padding could result from more pressure, from more angles being applied.

my two cents.

Agree, Heavier rider...harder saddle required methinks. NMSpunout
Sep 23, 2002 3:48 AM
Same herefbg111
Sep 23, 2002 4:58 AM
I just started road riding a few months ago. After trying several combinations, I found that a relatively hard saddle with no shorts padding is the most comfortable, with no numbness for 1.5 hr rides (the longest I've done so far). Unintuitive, but it works. I ride a Selle Italia Flite Titanium Kevlar, and thin-material jogging shorts.
Same hereshwndh
Sep 30, 2002 1:13 AM
You're right. I rode without padded shorts this weekend and guess what - no numbness! I couldn't believe it. I also started sitting in the middle of the saddle. I used to make it a point to push myself to the back of the saddle, not realizing the softest part is in the middle. NO pads, No probs. Thanx guys

try tilting the saddle nose down a tad (nm)ColnagoFE
Sep 23, 2002 6:49 AM
re: Padded short questionrsgonner
Sep 30, 2002 5:26 PM
Will probably not be popular here, but consider a Brooks B-17. Most comfortable saddle I ever used. 32 miles out of the box, no problem. No numbness in legs or privates. Saddle basically disappears.