Cycling Numbness

Whether it’s numbness between you and the seat, or a condition of the hands known as “cyclist’s palsy,” numb body parts is a common problem in cycling.

Studies have shown that the pressure put on the perineum – the area you sit on – can make men impotent if allowed to continue for large periods of time (professional cyclists are at high risk).

Cyclist’s palsy is a condition where the hands become numb from compressing the ulnar nerve at the base of your wrists while riding.

This is dangerous as you lose the feel of the handlebars.


There are a number of ways to take the pressure off the perineum:

Buy a custom seat.   Many modern cycling seat manufacturers have developed seats specifically made for men and women.   If you battle with this complaint, it’s a worthwhile investment in personal comfort.

Get strong.   Novice cyclists tend to suffer more than experienced cyclists because they don’t generate as much lifting power in their legs and tend to sit harder on the saddle.  The stronger you become as a cyclist, the less you’ll suffer.

Vary your stance.   Top professional cyclists can ride for up to eight hours without pain purely because they vary their stance between sitting and standing, alleviating pressure on the perineum.   During training, practice standing even when you’re cycling on the flats.   Not only does it alleviate numbness but it’ll also help stretch your back.

Train safe!


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