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numbness(4 posts)

Apr 14, 2003 7:33 AM
When experiencing a numbness/discomfort in scrotum which way should the nose of the saddle be elevated? Is it up or down?

The-last-of-the-family-line wants to know...
Suggest tipping saddle nose down slightly...biknben
Apr 14, 2003 7:43 AM
When trying new saddles I start with it perfectly level. I actually use a level to be sure. If I feel large amounts of discomfort I make SMALL adjustments until it feels better. Be patient. Make an adjustment and ride it for an entire ride. Once you feel pain on the road it's too late to adjust. Wait till you get home, make an adjustment and try again tomorrow. Give your sore butt time to recover.

The last new saddle I tried was an SLR. At first, I felt some discomfort. I tipped the nose slightly down and it was acceptable.

FWIW: I've yet to find a saddle that is "comfortable". Different models just inflict different amounts of pain.
Or upfiltersweep
Apr 14, 2003 9:40 AM
Slightly up and you'll stay in place without sliding down the saddle (or feeling like you need to load the saddle even more with your body weight to keep from sliding).
It may not be saddle tiltKerry
Apr 14, 2003 5:21 PM
The standard advice is to tip the nose down, but having discussed this topic many times, it seems that some people are not sitting properly on their saddles. You need to have a saddle and saddle position that has your sit bones on the butt of the saddle. If your saddle nose is tipped down too far, it may cause you to slide forward. If it is tipped up too far, it may be causing pressure. And if you can't get things right in between these points, it may be that you are not sitting in the right spot or that the saddle doesn't fit you. IME, the range of saddle tilt goes from "nose level" to saddle level. Nose level means that for most saddles, the butt of the saddle is elevated (this is how I ride). Saddle level means that a level placed on the saddle would have the nose and butt level, which may create a hammock effect in the middle. Your personal comfort has to rule on where to place things in this range.