Numbness in crotch after stationery bike?

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    Aug 10, 2008 8:33 PM GMT
    So, I recently joined weight watchers after ballooning to more than 200 lbs. I've lost 7 lbs so far and I'm starting to exercise more. Because I have a terrible time making it to the gym, I bought a stationery bike. But sometimes when I'm on the bike for 15-20 minutes I get a numbness in my crotch and in between my legs.

    A) Has this happened to anyone else? B) can I avoid it in the future? and C) should I be concerned?

    Any insight will be appreciated.
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    Aug 10, 2008 10:46 PM GMT
    That happened to me once, I'll never get on another exercise bike again. I rode hard for an hour and didn't feel my nuts for a week.

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    Aug 10, 2008 10:54 PM GMT

    Setting down 200 pounds onto a 7 inch metal triangle doesn't sound wise. Stop using it until your ass gets smaller.icon_razz.gif
    Mmmmm, fat white ass... great, now I need a cold shower, thanks guy!!icon_evil.gif

  • Timbales

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    Aug 10, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    You may want to try adjusting your seat and your position on it when you ride. Maybe your posture isn't good. Sometimes my tailbone gets numb when I ride.
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    Aug 10, 2008 11:21 PM GMT
    i read about your crotch numbness. this is a well known complication of an improper bike seat. I t can lead to permanent in curable impotence. Please get a different seat or pad your seat more
    do not use it until you have done so or talk toa urologist

    docgasmanret
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    Aug 11, 2008 12:11 AM GMT
    I get the same thing at the gym, so I make sure I don't go more than a half hour on it.
    Can you tilt the front part of the seat lower than the back part?
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    Aug 11, 2008 12:16 AM GMT
    I have experienced this, and have lost quite a bit of weight by exercising properly on the bike. You need to position the seat aligned with the bars. It will seem high and uncomfortable at first, but the numbness will disapear and you will soon see a total difference. Also, someone mentioned proper placement of your spine as would be assumed on a normal bike. Make an effort to align your body properly. You will be leaning over and it will seem odd at first, but I've see great results by doing this properly. I also had some back pain prior to using the bike and that pain has subsided as well. If you do it properly, the only pain you will feel will be the good kind.
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    Aug 11, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    Thanks to everyone for their replies. I've been putting a towel down to create more of a cushion and that seems to help. I will also do as suggested and get a better cushion and move the seat up.

    Again, thanks and I'll let you know how I do.icon_smile.gif

    Christian
  • NYCguy74

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    Aug 11, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    Make sure when sitting on the bike, that your knee is almost straight when the pedal on that side is all the way down. it might feel high until you get used to it.

    Also if you can change the seat, try to get one that has a groove down the middle, that helps to relieve the pressure on the nerves that run between your legs.

    here is a picture for example, you'll have to find something that works for your bike though.
    bicycle-saddle-relief.jpg
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 11, 2008 3:25 AM GMT
    Buy padded bike shorts. A serious cyclist doesn't ride without them.
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    Aug 11, 2008 6:44 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidYou know...sometimes I get numbness down there when I sit on one of these....

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    Wow. Your gym has even more equipment choices than the Big Gay Gold's in the Castro.
  • 2theTEE

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    Aug 11, 2008 7:08 AM GMT
    Is that the new banana seat style for 2009?
  • shoelessj

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    Aug 11, 2008 4:55 PM GMT
    Is a stationery bike one that you ride while penning thank you notes/party invitations/epistles of various types? icon_wink.gif

    (I kid, but appreciate this topic, since this has happened to me and i like the cardio workout i get from bikes sometimes. so please don't take it personally, C73.)


  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 11, 2008 5:09 PM GMT
    My guess is that 1) the seat sucks and/or 2) you have it up too high.

    Take care to properly fit the exercise bike to your body. Ensuring the proper fit can be the most important part of your workout.
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    Aug 13, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Real Jock article related to this topic:
    http://www.realjock.com/article/1198
  • Koaa2

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    Sep 03, 2008 10:06 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidYou know...sometimes I get numbness down there when I sit on one of these....

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    What cycle shop did you get this at? Want to try it ASAP to see if the numbness goes away!