How To Prevent Saddle-Related Numbness & Discomfort

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  1. Oleg knows best

    April 19, 2016 8:00 am

    Surprisingly, the old san marco Turbo saddle (still on sale) is one of the most comfy saddles around.. the design dates back sth like 28 years….

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  2. Mukesh Pandya

    April 19, 2016 9:50 am

    Saddle I discarded initially and swaped with a bit different one, did not help. Went back to the first one and after a month or so its just pretty good – the point is, breaking the saddle. just a tip dont discard good saddle if initially you dont feel it.

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  3. KenFingerlove

    April 19, 2016 2:00 pm

    in all my years watching GCN, I think this is the first time I've heard Dan use the word 'sitting' – progress 🙂

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  4. Ian Ffield

    April 19, 2016 2:17 pm

    After trying tons of bike seats over the years, ISM Adamo saddles were my only solution to pernial discomfort.

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  5. TheCrymera

    April 19, 2016 2:54 pm

    Great video on numb N**S but can you guys please help me with another numb area my wrists, no matter what I try it always kicks in and upsets my ride I have even brought my bike in for a pro fitting and explained the problem but still no joy I change position every couple of minutes but again it comes back. Please help as it is driving me crazy. Steve in Perth Australia

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  6. Ron Mollinga

    April 19, 2016 3:17 pm

    I was having this problem and even had to see to a urologist. Luckily he's an avid cyclist himself and he suggested I try out an ISM saddle. This has been my saviour as I never get any numbness anymore – never! What a change in riding. No, I do not work for them.

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  7. clementine

    April 19, 2016 4:10 pm

    I have to say though, you guys … screw my butt , look at yours ! 2:00 , I don't know how you missed it !!!

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  8. pjculbertson55

    April 19, 2016 4:56 pm

    All great tips. I have recently switched to a lower pressure in my tubulars and both my comfort and speed have increased. It seems counter-intuitive to me that lower pressure can be faster but when I was riding at 140 PSI, I find I was slower than at 120 PSI. My roads are really rough here and I guess the harder inflated tires bounced around enough to cause me to lose momentum even though I didn't notice it at the time.

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  9. jeremy emilio

    April 19, 2016 5:03 pm

    would the fore and aft of the saddle affect getting into the drops and the most aero position?

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  10. Mehran Mahdi

    April 19, 2016 11:54 pm

    One thing not mentioned; The reach. If you extend your arms too far front, you'll rotate your pelvic bone which if you're not flexible enough; will give numbness. Try shorter stem

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  11. Randal Hill

    April 20, 2016 4:27 pm

    Glad this video finally came up! What do you mean by 'if numbness is left alone' (as in nothing done about it)? Referring to continuing to ride with numbness (not getting out of the saddle), or do you mean not changing your bike setup to rid yourself of the issue? I, admittedly, have been working on this issue for literally 4 years now!

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  12. WTFOMGBBQPIG

    April 21, 2016 3:22 am

    When commuting, I don't like to wear padded shorts. I get sore right on my sit bones. Any tips?

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  13. Andrew Suzuki

    April 21, 2016 4:14 am

    3:36 also important to note that lots of people on trainers don't prop up their front wheel, which makes the saddle tip forward, which ends up pretty uncomfortable pretty shortly in my experience.

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  14. Ivan Cespedes

    April 21, 2016 3:31 pm

    I recently got a bike.. haven't been riding for a couple of years…sometimes when I finish my ride I get a pinching pain in my lower back…it is usually only one one side. either left or right…why might this be happening?

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  15. Brooke Willson

    April 28, 2016 4:52 pm

    Great video, Dan. But it's pronounced "per-en-EE–al," not "per-EN-ee-al." Unless you're numb all the time.

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  16. rajesh kanna

    May 12, 2016 2:48 am

    http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/biking-and-sex-avoid-the-vicious-cycle-201209145290.
    Do you ppl find any problem like what they mentioned.. I am a beginner for long ride.. I am riding around 15 to 18 miles a day.. yes I follow the precautions for saddle.. I want to know that any of you ppl experience any sex related problem , as many of you ppl would have been riding for many years.. reply.. thanks..

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  17. Shawn Alexander

    May 13, 2016 12:03 am

    Do you know any good ways to make it so I don't slip forward and back wards on my seat

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  18. Simon Buckley

    June 6, 2016 9:10 pm

    suffered/put up with this for a good…….was recommended an ISM Adamo saddle……superb. worth every penny, 100+ mile 5000ft+ ascent ride at the weekend, no discomfort whatsoever!!

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  19. James Sherrow

    June 7, 2016 1:14 am

    Bontrager offers a 30 day unconditional guarantee. You can keep swapping saddles out until you find the saddle you like or your money back!

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  20. Robbie S.

    June 14, 2016 3:20 pm

    so i guess it was a good thing i got new shorts after putting another 70 miles on my dads older Greg LeMond shorts from 1983 :p they had thousands of miles on them.

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  21. EllaM1207

    September 29, 2016 1:59 am

    Is it normal to experience sit bone pain as a new cyclist? I just got my first road bike and went on my first ride today and after about 26K I was in a lot of pain and didn't even want to pedal anymore. Even with a chamois I felt like my sit bones were rubbing and bruised. It was hilly so I did get out of the saddle pretty often, but that didn't help. Also, while I didn't have numb nuts (I'm a woman), I did have numbness on the big toe and ball of my right foot? I didn't notice it until I got off the bike (sit bone pain distracted me I guess) and it went away after about 30 mins or so. I'm using clipless pedals. Is this "normal"??

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  22. Dt Tt

    September 29, 2016 4:32 am

    Is it important to have a troff in your saddle to better your odds of not getting testicular cancer? Cause I notice most Fizik saddles don't have troffs.

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  23. Happy Learning

    December 14, 2016 4:11 pm

    i have been struggling with this issue since sometime now. this video is superinformative and very helpful.now i can enjoy cycling like never before. love u gcn. u rock….

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  24. MichaelJohnMUSlC

    February 9, 2017 10:49 pm

    the problem is we are not designed to sit on our crotch so noseless is the way to go, however there is no good noseless saddle out there, but I have a design in mind that solves all the issues with noseless- control, comfort, etc.

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  25. Zygmunt The Cacao Kakistocrat

    April 24, 2017 8:30 am

    How do you pronounce 'perineal'? Not like Dan does. 'Perennial' means each year. 'Perr-E-Knee-Al' or 'Perr-In-E-Al'.

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  26. Observing Rogue

    April 26, 2017 8:08 pm

    I always thought that channel in the seat was for farts & cooling….I have one of those saddles that has a hole in that channel. The hole even has vent fins directing air into that channel.

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  27. Jay Ganatra

    May 16, 2017 10:05 pm

    Also worth considering your reach – if too much or too little, you tend to slide off and then end up sitting on the wrong part of the saddle.

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  28. Mike McCreadie

    June 1, 2017 10:12 pm

    You can try shifting your pressure points very slightly off centre between bum bones every so often. It works best when you don't need to peddle, so do it on downhills ideally.

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  29. Cheeky Devil

    June 24, 2017 9:57 pm

    Thanks, I'll give it a go, just came back from a 80k, and man am I ever sore in the saddle! One question…I'm sorry if this grosses you out, but, I had to have my entire rectum surgically removed and stitched shut due to cancer (but I beat it!)…so as a life long rider, this is a new challenge. The surgery was 3 years ago, and on my doctors advice, I just began riding again a few weeks ago (he was concerned it may tear if I didn't let it heal fully, it was a 12 hour, brutal surgery, one of 33 in total). It feels amazing to be back on the trails, I missed it SO MUCH, but aside from the perianal tenderness, anyone know of any special seats that may provide a little more support in the anal region? I live in Toronto, so if anyone knows of a place I can buy a better seat, please let me know, I'm a bit concerned the newly arranged anatomy may be damaged, thanks!

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  30. Not Happy Not Lucky And I Don't Go

    August 16, 2017 8:30 pm

    This surprised the crap out of me. I haven't been on a bike for 10 years and I'd never experienced it in my younger years. I was given a bike a few days ago and went for an hour bike ride. Came home and my whole arse, cock and balls feel like they've been pumped full of novacaine. I've bought a gel seat, hopefully that'll work once my poor rear has healed up.

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  31. ODTUHAN

    April 3, 2018 10:11 pm

    I have two bikes a little bit smaller one for my size and another one that is perfect for my height. I never felt uncomfortable or numb with the smaller one even for a long ride but I do look like an idiot riding a small mountain bike

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  32. Lucas Furlan

    April 9, 2018 2:54 pm

    Why is athletic support never mentioned. but you can clearly see it on cyclists.
    Look at these two from GCN Cheap vs super bike — First 30 seconds, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdb7KEc7xJI — they cant BOTH be ron Jeremy sized. Then you look at 3:59 in this video and the groin area is completely flat.

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  33. GoDDamnHosTile

    May 17, 2018 3:58 pm

    I'm riding an XL frame Specialized roadbike for the last couple of weeks and my penis and my pinky and ring fingers on my right hand are numb. Im a tall guy 188 cm. What should i do? Would a saddle replacement fix this?

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  34. emonte

    September 11, 2018 4:17 am

    Does cycling cause prostate cancer? I know it increases PSA levels. How much is too much? Does a saddle help with this?

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  35. Luke Caron

    September 15, 2018 2:44 pm

    Use any Saddle manufactured by Selle SMP. Their saddles are all designed to prevent numbnuts, I have bought one recently, and I have never felt numbnuts, or have needed padded shorts either.

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  36. Charles Rush

    September 16, 2018 2:06 pm

    Sitting in the wrong spot on the saddle is in part due to the rules of fitting you on the bike in the first place when you get fitted for a bike. This rule or guide needs to change so that the rider will always place their butt in the right place.

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  37. Mr. Luigi

    September 16, 2018 3:28 pm

    Great video. Thanks! I had to abandon my beloved Brooks leather saddle as it was putting too much pressure on those areas keeping my Johnson healthy and happy. I am now using a Selle SMP Lite 209 and the improvement is striking. I had my Brooks saddle framed and it's now mounted on my living room wall enjoying a second life as artwork.

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  38. The Stopper

    September 17, 2018 8:36 am

    I guess it'll differ from person to person, but I find that on the indoor trainer I can stay sat for 60-90 minutes without discomfort, whereas on the road my scranus feels like it's being pummeled to bits due to uneven surfaces – even though on the road you're not even pedalling about 30% of the time.

    For me, at 100kg-ish, road bumpiness is genuinely a gigantic pain in the taint; so much so that if I didn't have frame constraints I would replace my Maxxis Dolomites 25s with 28s (or even 32s) and decrease tyre pressure as much as I can. There's a very good GCN video about that.

    I can't do that with 25s without risking pinch-flats (or even rim damage – there are some 1"-2" lips on the bike paths around here).

    So instead… whack the bike on the KickR (or the dumb trainer). log into Zwift and ride at Tempo with zero discomfort and zero "not-pedalling".

    Zwift (and FullGaz, and SufferFest) are the awesomest things since power meters and HR monitors.

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  39. JBratt

    January 17, 2019 2:00 am

    It's big Jim that gets numb, not the twins. Yeah, only a problem on the trainer…need to get out of the saddle more.

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  40. Just Nobody

    March 5, 2019 11:50 am

    Every time i go out biking i feel pain in the part between my nuts and anus i think its the pelvic area and when pee i feel pain too… what is the problem? Do all bikers feel that too?

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  41. David Adamus

    March 11, 2019 2:53 am

    Been having numbness on 3 different bikes (recently developed, no issue before). Any suggestions?

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  42. Abnsdllnnlosnfd

    April 6, 2019 6:09 pm

    The solution is: Get married and don´t care about your numb nuts any longer as your sex life is non-existent anyway!

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  43. Chris Hazlewood

    May 8, 2019 1:11 pm

    I did a 44 mile gravel grind last Sunday and 3 days later, I am still sore. I typed "numb" in the search bar on your main channel page and found this video. I will never get numb nuts again (I hope)! Thanks GCN!

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  44. Declan Faughey

    May 14, 2019 2:50 pm

    I bet it took a few takes before Dan could say his lines without laughing. Before you ask yes I have had numb nuts it was after a 70km sportive it was a weird feeling once they started to wake up, I hope to never experience it again.

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  45. Jeff Funk

    August 14, 2019 7:40 pm

    So i am new to cycling and i am experiencing numbness in my legs and feet . What is causing this any feedback will be helpful thanks.

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  46. Paul Semerau

    December 11, 2019 7:44 pm

    No matter what you do numbness will always be an issue. Why do you think there are new saddles designed every month? News flash from a guy who had to stop riding or stop having a sex life. Just ask any urologist how amazing sitting on a bike saddle is for your sexual health.

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