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genital numbness(11 posts)

genital numbnessraynim
Dec 7, 2003 6:36 AM
so i am new to road biking (mtn biked for years) and i went on my longest ride by far yesterday. 2 1/2 hours, 45 miles. i am experienceing some numbness in the genital region. i've read about this problem for years but never had a problem with it before. i guess staying on the saddle more for a long time is what has done it. does anyone with the problem reccomend anything, or a better saddle? any help would be greatful. i don't want to have to stop riding. I LOVE MY BIKE!!

Look into new saddles immediatelyCARBON110
Dec 7, 2003 6:45 AM
The saddle is by far, in my opinion the most important part of your bike. You may not even need a new one but perhaps the one you have is at a bad angle?? In anycase, there are alot of good saddles out there for reasonable cost. Also make sure your properly fitted to your rig

Since your just starting you will experience some discomfort in your butt from any saddle after your first couple of 4+ hour rides but that goes away if you ride frequently

Since you are jsut starting make sure you do the following, these are lessons I had to learn the hard way or watched my friends learn: Make sure you can change a flat in ANY kind of weather, make sure you have 3 extra tubes in case you dont know what a pinch flat is, get a frame pump NOT a mini pump, always bring money on any ride, Helmet goes without saying, eat before you get hungry and be sure to practice a good painless expression for when you pass an atractive woman :D
A couple of questionsDave Hickey
Dec 7, 2003 6:58 AM
Before you go and buy a new saddle, look at these first.

1. Is your saddle level? If you saddle is nose down, your butt slides forward to the narrow part of the saddle creating more pressure on your sensitive areas

2. How much saddle/bar drop do you have? Every one is different but I prefer no more than 2-3cm bar drop.
Dave is righthudsonite
Dec 7, 2003 7:18 AM
Numbness is very often (but not always) caused by the angle of the saddle and/or the saddle/bar drop. If the drop is too much for you flexibility, it is going to hurt the 'bass' area.

If the saddle/bar drop is more than 2 or 3 inches, you need to consider raising the bar. A large drop stesses this tender area.

You might want to do some good stretching exercises before heading out the next time. This will also help.

It could be the saddle, but it could be the way you are set up on the bike. Before changing the saddle have a good bicycle fitter take a look at your position. You may only need some fine tuning of the fit. If all else fails, try a different saddle.
re: genital numbnesslyleseven
Dec 7, 2003 8:16 AM
A saddle that is too soft can also cause numbness due to the way it invades the area in question. I learned this touring with a saddle that was not firm enough.
If everything else checks out go for a...Mr Nick
Dec 7, 2003 8:40 AM
flatter saddle, preferably with a cut-out. If you check everything the other guys have mentioned and still have problems then you will be exactly were I was just a month ago. I switched to the Selle Italia SLK Gelflow and suddenly realized how much more fun cycling can be. The biggest thing for me was to get a flatter saddle because a curved saddle just seems to put pressure in all the wrong places.

Good Luck
Thanks, and ANOTHER QUESTIONraynim
Dec 7, 2003 10:23 AM
Thanks for the help. I have already raised the handle bars via flipping the stem. I have also carefully leveled the saddle as it was tilted to the back just a hair. I assume that saddle/drop is the vertical distance between the plane of the seat and that of the bars. If so I think I had an inch or two. I am riding a Fizik Poggio, which was rated great so hopefully it will work out. Two more things:

How do I figure out how far foward or backward to position the saddle on the seatpost.

Also, the numbness is still present after 24 hours. Is this a concern? Have I done damage?

Thanks again,
If the numbness is still present after 24hours ...PEDDLFOOT
Dec 7, 2003 10:40 AM
... I would strongly suggest you go to a doctor.It usually only takes a few minutes to have circulation come back.
"how far foward or backward to position the saddle"innergel
Dec 7, 2003 2:50 PM
The front of your knee should be directly over the spindle of the pedal when your feet are parallel to the ground, or at the 3 & 9 o'clock positions.

Another good option is to check your moutain bike setup and match that as closely as possible. That will most likely put you about 2-4 cm back from the spindle. Roadie's tend to be more forward to promote more spin, as opposed to further back, which helps with power generation on climbs.

There are lots of different sources that will give you a very good explanation of proper fit. Your LBS where you bought your bike should be able to help you with this as well.

If you still have numbness after 24 hours, I'd get to a doctor and get checked out. Most likely, it's a slight bruise to that nerve that runs under there (peritineal nerve?), that will heal over time. And next time you start to go numb, stand up on the pedals for a minute or so. The feeling should come back quickly.
re: genital numbnesspaluc52
Dec 7, 2003 4:24 PM
Among the brands of saddles to check out, I would add Koobi. I just switched to a Koobi, splitfit design and have eliminated from the numbness that used to begin 20 minutes into a ride.
Saddle too high? nmMShaw
Dec 8, 2003 10:50 AM