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Best seat for roller-induced numbness(3 posts)

Best seat for roller-induced numbnessdissonance
Nov 12, 2002 8:43 PM
I've been riding road bikes for years and never had a problem with numbness before, not even on a six-week bike tour through Europe that had me in the saddle 5-6 hours a day. However, I'm riding indoor rollers a lot more often now and I'm noticing numbness after only about 10 minutes of riding. If I stop, stand up and let the boys hang for 30 seconds to a minute, I can ride another 10 and feel fine, but the start/stop thing is getting a little annoying.

I don't move around much on the rollers, and am certainly not about to get out of the saddle and do a little sprint to ease the numbness, so what I'm looking for is a saddle recommendation. Yes, I know saddles come down a lot to individual fit and preference, but since my problems only seem to exist when I'm riding the rollers, I thought someone might have a roller-specific suggestion.

Any ideas? Suggestions? Favorite roller-friendly saddles? I'm using a Selle Italia Oktavia Gel right now, and that little gel zone just doesn't seem to be doing the trick. I suppose I could go back to my wind trainer, but I really do prefer the rollers.
re: Best seat for roller-induced numbnessSintesi
Nov 13, 2002 5:30 AM
I have the same problem (there's a post or two down below, might want to do a search) and the cure is not changing the seat. The problem comes from the less resistance in your pedaling action causing most of your weight to be born on the saddle. I have a cut-out Trans Am saddle and get the same numbness, but like you, on the rollers only. I think your Oktavia is supposed to be one of the most comfortable saddles out there so I don't know that you'll find a better seat for this problem.

The cure? Learn to stand on the rollers. It takes a couple days practice and you can get pretty good at it. Start by raising your but off the saddle just a few cm while maintaining your spin. You'll get smoother at this as time goes on and there you have it. Instant doable cure.

That's what the RBR crew advised me and lo and behold it worked.
re: Best seat for roller-induced numbnessMacho Man Savage
Nov 13, 2002 7:43 AM
I have the same problem on my trainer. The only thing that works for me is getting out of the saddle or riding with no hands for awhile. Seat doesn't seem to make a difference.