Cycling. Seat height related to rear and knee problems

Seat height and angle is suprisingly important to various important body parts.

Ironman, cycling is not good for your prostate BTW … :smiley:

I’m aware of the dangers btw. They are more than just prostate preoblems. Its good to ride with your bum doing most of the sitting and your prostate not doing any sitting.

If you wear a Diety Admonishes it vibrates and fixes your prostate.

I’m aware of the dangers btw. They are more than just prostate preoblems. Its good to ride with your bum doing most of the sitting and your prostate not doing any sitting.[/quote]

This is not a suggestion; this is an order: get thyself a split saddle → Specialized saddles.

If you wear a Diety Admonishes it vibrates and fixes your prostate.

I’m aware of the dangers btw. They are more than just prostate preoblems. Its good to ride with your bum doing most of the sitting and your prostate not doing any sitting.[/quote]

This is not a suggestion; this is an order: get thyself a split saddle → Specialized saddles.[/quote]

I wear specialised shoes. They are a good cycle product company. I love the shoes.

Normal saddles can make great contraceptives given enough time. I’d rather not go that way so tend to tilt the saddle forward more. But, great idea. I’m in Australia next week and need to follow orders. :slight_smile:

If you wear a Diety Admonishes it vibrates and fixes your prostate.

I’m aware of the dangers btw. They are more than just prostate preoblems. Its good to ride with your bum doing most of the sitting and your prostate not doing any sitting.[/quote]

This is not a suggestion; this is an order: get thyself a split saddle → Specialized saddles.[/quote]

I wear specialised shoes. They are a good cycle product company. I love the shoes.

Normal saddles can make great contraceptives given enough time. I’d rather not go that way so tend to tilt the saddle forward more. But, great idea. I’m in Australia next week and need to follow orders. :slight_smile:[/quote]

This will inflict hemorrhoids on your rectal passage … :noway:

What have shoes to do with prostates? :astonished:

This will inflict hemorrhoids on your rectal passage … :noway:

What have shoes to do with prostates? :astonished:[/quote]

You should try putting a seat on Belgain Pie. The pole is just not enough surface area for comfortable riding and you need to maintain a correct ride height. I can’t see how you can do that if your rectal passage is the contact area with the bike.

Regarding seat height:

Too high and you get rear knee pain. 60 minutes times say 60rpm is 3,600 times your kneew are being subjected to the seat height.

Too low and you get front knee pain.

Taiwanese and you have to wear bandages because you ride bow legged because (“real men don’t put their legs together”).

Shoes are specialised brand. Seat is also specialised brand.

If you wear a Diety Admonishes it vibrates and fixes your prostate.

I’m aware of the dangers btw. They are more than just prostate preoblems. Its good to ride with your bum doing most of the sitting and your prostate not doing any sitting.[/quote]

This is not a suggestion; this is an order: get thyself a split saddle → Specialized saddles.[/quote]

I wear specialised shoes. They are a good cycle product company. I love the shoes.

Normal saddles can make great contraceptives given enough time. I’d rather not go that way so tend to tilt the saddle forward more. But, great idea. I’m in Australia next week and need to follow orders. :slight_smile:[/quote]
I got back into cycling this year (I’m now in Canada). Bought a bike and everything. Things were great until the second week, when I started getting some pain in the, erm, can’t remember the name of that particular part, but, well, you know, between the nutsack and the ring of fire. A number of times I’d be a half hour into a ride and I’d start to feel freakin’ numbness in the twig (though not the berries) as well. I’d get off, massage myself like a maniacal pervert while passersby hurriedly averted their eyes, and would then continue on, though gingerly. My cursory research suggested that fertility would be the least of my problems if I kept up like this. My LBS sold me a split saddle, I tilted it forward ever so slighlty, and voila…no more pain or numbness.

I’m a bit of a porker, which is part of the reason I got back into it, but this past summer I was doing 35 km rides at 22 km/h along rolling country roads. My goal this coming summer is to average 25 km/h.

I envy you your weather in Oz. But not Taiwan, so much. My first year in Chiayi I only rode bicycle, which kept me fairly fit but probably took years off of my lungs. Never mind the prostate: cycling in Taiwan isn’t good for your health overall.

[quote=“Ironman”]Regarding seat height:

Too high and you get rear knee pain. 60 minutes times say 60rpm is 3,600 times your kneew are being subjected to the seat height.

Too low and you get front knee pain.[/quote]
I know this precisely from experience. Getting your bike set up properly is an art, I tells ya.

Yes, the part of the anatomy that we male cyclists should place on our saddles is sometimes called the t’ain’t: 'cause t’ain’t the wedding tackle and t’ain’t the other place either.

Not to be pedantic or anything, but the point of what I’m saying is that that’s the part you don’t want touching anything, and hence the reason for the split saddle. The only thing carrying your weight should be your two “sit-bones,” as they call them.

For a princess you sure have some funny plumbing.

Good info that others have had the problem with knees. Some years back I put a gell seat on the bike and the next day I had severe rear knee problems. I googled it and up came seat heights. Then it clicked. New gell seat was 20mm higher.

I’m a guy. I chose the username in a fit of whimsy a few years back. I regret it in this post-metrosexual age, but it’s grown on me, so there you go.

OK,
the t’ain’t is the external area and the sit bones bear the weight. So the sit bones must be under your t’ain’t… how’s that?

been riding for years on split and non split saddles. getting the saddle height and angle is vital. do yoursefl a favour and head over to sheldonbrown.com for tips.

that said, i reckon 95% of my long term cycling buddies have kids… so i am not sure how much truth is in the theory that saddles destroy your boys.

Okay would you guys stop playing around and give some useful information??? Sheeeesh!
Actually, I am having a (new) pain in the SIDE of my knee when I cycle. The outside toward the front part right in front of the joint to be exact. I should probably go get my bike fitted to me (have some old guy tell me proper seat height) but I don’t know where. Any suggestions?

[quote=“SuchAFob”]Okay would you guys stop playing around and give some useful information??? Sheeeesh!
Actually, I am having a (new) pain in the SIDE of my knee when I cycle. The outside toward the front part right in front of the joint to be exact. I should probably go get my bike fitted to me (have some old guy tell me proper seat height) but I don’t know where. Any suggestions?[/quote]

meniscus … arthroscopy.com/sp05026.htm

If you want to get your t’ain’t in shape…try this

[quote]Durable!
By contrast, the Real MAN

[quote=“belgian pie”]

meniscus … arthroscopy.com/sp05026.htm[/quote]
Lovely. Now I know what hurts. Still don’t know what height to put my bike seat so it doesn’t…

[quote=“SuchAFob”][quote=“belgian pie”]

meniscus … arthroscopy.com/sp05026.htm[/quote]
Lovely. Now I know what hurts. Still don’t know what height to put my bike seat so it doesn’t…[/quote]

Seat height should be just under full extension. A slight bend in the knee. If you straighten out then its bad. Rear knee ([posterior knee for BFMathew) pain is likely.

This might sound too simple but it is worth checking what the alignment of your ankle/ foot over the pedal is. If you are a little toe inward or outward positioned then that could also contribute to causing pain because your knee is going to be fighting your ankle a little at every pedal turn.

I’ve told my Chinese riding buddies about this, some insist on riding with knees splayed to the wind as if they are on a scooter. Almost invariably they are sporting a knee wrap to try and control the pain.

They will not change, so I ignore it now.

Same as discussing heart rate monitors. Why would you want to do that? I can read my speed. That is enough!