RIDING A BIKE...BALLS!

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    May 13, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    I figured i'd do some cycling today for cardio at the gym. I gotta say..I could barely be on the bike for 2 minutes because my balls started hurting. Does anyone else have this problem whilst riding a bike? I don't know how cyclists do it.
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    May 13, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    wonofakind said I don't know how cyclists do it.


    They sit on their *ss?

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    May 13, 2012 2:15 AM GMT
    You could always opt for

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    May 13, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    tape your balls with masking tape before you hit the gym
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    May 13, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    There could be several factors - but some things come to mind:

    (1) It would depend on what kind of saddle you have. You might want to upgrade your saddle to newer one's - which have a cut out in the middle and added padding so that your balls are not as compressed - but sort of hang. I changed my saddle when I first bought my bike and made a world of difference.

    (2) Also what kind of shorts are you using? If there is too much compression as well it might cause a issue.
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    May 13, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    dontknowwhy saidtape your balls with masking tape before you hit the gym


    Hahahahahaha!
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    May 13, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Ugh. I hear you.

    Waaaaay back, my personal trainer invited me to a Spinning class he taught at Bally's. 270lbs at 6'2", so I figured I'd try anything.

    The problem I have is my size 13.5 feet+street shoes go far enough into those toe cages so I can support my body weight on the balls of my feet. Total newbie to fitness, I pedaled my brains out while sitting on my ass for close to an hour because I didn't have the leg strength to stand up on the bike the whole time. About 3AM that night, I was ready to drive myself to the emergency room because my hams and gluteals and probably everything from the waist down was in agony. But, I had a hot tub in the back yard ready for my naked torso in a community where adjacent neighbors could see *everything*. For once, I really didn't care.


    Spinning is good cardio. If you are new to it, strongly recommend visiting a bicycle store and get the Shimano SPD-style "shoe clips" and a pair of bicycle shoes.

    This will allow you to stand up and support your weight at the middle of the foot...not supporting yourself on your toes. This will invariably make you more comfortable all around.

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    May 13, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    Forget the indoor cardio...go outside and run..get some sun and Vit D
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    May 13, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Yeah, we sit on our butts, not our balls. Also, cyclists wear cycling shorts which are padded, plus keep everything in place. I always wore mtn biking shorts when I did spin classes at the gym so that my butt and balls were protected. The few times I wore regular shorts and rode a stationary bike, I always had on briefs underneath so that my balls could be positioned out of the way.

    Some gyms have extra gel pads that can be slipped over the saddle to make it more comfortable.
  • araphael

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    May 13, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    Yes, I was a triathelete in my younger days. There is no perfect solution for the ball pain issue except one: talk to some triathelets about how to solve the problem when engaged in serious bike riding.
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    May 13, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    Wear a jockstrap. Keeps the boys in place.
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    May 13, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    RobertF64 saidUgh. I hear you.

    Waaaaay back, my personal trainer invited me to a Spinning class he taught at Bally's. 270lbs at 6'2", so I figured I'd try anything.

    The problem I have is my size 13.5 feet+street shoes go far enough into those toe cages so I can support my body weight on the balls of my feet. Total newbie to fitness, I pedaled my brains out while sitting on my ass for close to an hour because I didn't have the leg strength to stand up on the bike the whole time. About 3AM that night, I was ready to drive myself to the emergency room because my hams and gluteals and probably everything from the waist down was in agony. But, I had a hot tub in the back yard ready for my naked torso in a community where adjacent neighbors could see *everything*. For once, I really didn't care.


    Spinning is good cardio. If you are new to it, strongly recommend visiting a bicycle store and get the Shimano SPD-style "shoe clips" and a pair of bicycle shoes.

    This will allow you to stand up and support your weight at the middle of the foot...not supporting yourself on your toes. This will invariably make you more comfortable all around.



    so, so, so confused. WTH does this have to do with his balls?

    Anyway, check the seat height. If your seat is too high, you might be riding forward on the bike, making your sac more susceptible to impact. At the right height, you shoudl be sitting more upright, back on your ass as others have said, and the pressure on your boys will be greatly decreased.
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    May 13, 2012 5:54 AM GMT
    you're probably not sitting correctly on the saddle. contrary to popular belief, a bike isn't a one-piece-fits-all form of equipment. did you adjust the seat height? did you adjust the for and aft position of the saddle? did you adjust the handle bars? do you know how to do any of those things or even that you need to?
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    May 13, 2012 8:25 AM GMT
    I hate stationary bikes yet could happily spend all day on a real bike. Those stationary bikes have seats from hell. icon_mad.gif
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    May 13, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
    Yeah, it seems odd that your balls are sore, when the point of contact should really be your sit-bones. Adjust the seat and see if that helps. Stationary bikes are not really very ergonomic to begin with.

    I ride (road bike, mtn bike) about 200 miles/week at the peak of my season, and never have my balls hurt. My butt, maybe, but never my balls..
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    May 13, 2012 11:35 AM GMT
    Oh lil buddy


    Of all the website out there you come here to ask... That's just ironic

    Jock-STRAP!!!
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    May 13, 2012 11:49 AM GMT
    I like this idea!

    LVmotoJock saidWear a jockstrap. Keeps the boys in place.
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    May 13, 2012 12:05 PM GMT
    LVmotoJock saidWear a jockstrap. Keeps the boys in place.

    Men had that same problem when biking became popular in the late 1800s with the introduction of the diamond frame and chain drive. So a US guy invented the athletic supporter (jockstrap) for male bikers to wear, and named his new product and company - Bike, with a spoked bicycle wheel as its logo. The brand is still around today.

    Balls shouldn't hurt when using a stationary bicycle. A jock isn't essential, most modern snug briefs will work as well on a saddle. But going commando or wearing boxers will cause pain for some men.

    Also, stationary gym bikes have a quick-adjust lever for seat height, and some also for fore and aft adjustment and tilt. The seat, user adjustable or not, may have been at the wrong angle, the front raised too high, and the gym needs to be notified if its readjustment requires tools.

    The best beginning angle for a bicycle seat is perfectly horizontal, the top surface parallel to the ground. Over time a man with a privately owned stationary or road bike may find that a few degrees of tilt suits him best, along with fore and aft changes. The biggest problem I see on all bikes, indoors or out, is having the seat post set too low. Guys are trying to pedal with their knees practically hitting them in the chin, which is bad for the knee joints, and maybe can hurt their balls, too, I dunno, I never pedal that way.

    I'll ride 100 miles in a single day, getting jolts from the road through a hard, narrow saddle, and my balls never hurt. My crotch may get a bit sore, though, partly from friction chaffing. There are anti-friction protective creams just for bikers (aka chamois cream, body glide, etc), and of course biker shorts with a padded crotch chamois sewn in, though really not needed for 30 minutes on stationary gym bikes with their broad comfort saddles.
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    May 13, 2012 12:07 PM GMT
    What Muchmorethanmuscle said Plus...

    There could also be other reasons for your pain which might be worth checking out..

    If the pelvic floor or PC muscle isn't in great shape, you could be suffering overwork there - some pilates or yoga may help out.. there could be pain referred from other areas there too - it may be worth a check up in that general area when next you see your doctor if the pain persists...
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    May 13, 2012 12:34 PM GMT
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    wonofakind said I don't know how cyclists do it.


    They sit on their *ss?



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    May 13, 2012 11:50 PM GMT
    wonofakind saidI figured i'd do some cycling today for cardio at the gym. I gotta say..I could barely be on the bike for 2 minutes because my balls started hurting. Does anyone else have this problem whilst riding a bike? I don't know how cyclists do it.

    My tongue can work wonders on that. Let me know when. icon_wink.gif
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    May 13, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    ECnAZ said


    so, so, so confused. WTH does this have to do with his balls?

    Easy. Stand up, then you won't be sitting on them.
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    May 14, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    Yeah, as stated before, there's a lot that goes into cycling comfort. Seat post height, saddle position, saddle width, frame size, stem length, etc. When you have a proper bike fit, you should be sitting on your sit bones. Cycling specific shorts keep your junk in place. I actually prefer very little gel/padding on my saddles. The saddle on my road bike is very firm and has little padding. I've done numerous 100K and 100 mile rides without any issues. You just have to find the right fit on your bike and the right saddle width to make sure you are sitting on your sit bones.

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    May 14, 2012 12:55 AM GMT
    do you have balls like grapefruit or s/t?
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    May 14, 2012 12:59 AM GMT
    Tilt your pelvis forward when sitting. Most lifters have it tilted backwards from having constantly flexed erector spinae (lower back muscles).

    Also, you can also ride a bike standing up most of the time. I have to with a mountain bike riding around the city to get some power and speed in.