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Are you wearing riding shorts? I'm not a huge fan of spandex, but I usually wear padded spandex bike shorts under my khakis, especially on long rides. Helps to keep my junk more forward and up.

I'm running a Selle SMP TRK saddle and it works great, although after 9 months it is splitting at the front. Gorilla tape to the rescue. I paid $45 at CRC. I'm careful not to run the nose too high.

This can definitely be a health concern, so do what you can to protect yourself.
 

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You may want to try a brooks with springs.
No way, not on a mtb. Why not just get a pogo stick, much cheaper.

And wider isn't more comfy or better unless your seat bones fit wider. I'd rather have my ass hurt while on a saddle too narrow, than get chafing from one too wide any day. Or you could just get a saddle that fits and have neither.

Just sayin'
 

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As far as testicles going into or throu the cut out, it just doesn't happen, althou I've never tried it nude.

Padded pants/shorts/ or underpants is a good idea.
 

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No way, not on a mtb. Why not just get a pogo stick, much cheaper.

And wider isn't more comfy or better unless your seat bones fit wider.
Actually, I have 2 of them. Flyers. Basically a B17 with springs, and they are fantastic, love them for rough trail!
 

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I believe that would be a great seat. It just looks alot like some of the merchandise I have seen at the video store. (woman in a box) lol
 

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A few points:
- As has been pointed out, your sit bones should be carrying your weight when seated, NOT your groin.
- Seats are highly personal - your just have to try a few to get find that your butt prefers. Cut outs may or may not work for you.
- Although the general wisdom is to not wear undies under your chamois riding shorts, I wear non-cotton undershorts to keep my junk tucked of the way.
 

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The RIDO bicycle saddle - get comfortable at long last!

A friend has an older model on his mtb... a spec fsr comp.

He's a surgical nurse and has done long rides like the hut-to-hut multi-day from Colorado to Utah.

He swears by it and he specifically got it for male groin issues.

Next time we ride, I'm going to try his bike out to see how the saddle feels for me.

Otherwise, I've been riding the Spec Body Geo saddles and WTB's with no major issues... gotta go out to the shop to see which models though.
 

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A week after thanksgiving I had to piss like a race horse, felt a little 'pop' as I jumped out of the car to run to the bathroom, and a week later had an infection. It seemed to travel from the epididimus to the prostate, and then urinary track. It cleared up in a week or two, but when I got back on the bike it came back.

I swapped the saddle out to a Sella Italia with a cut-out, but have not tried it yet. I also have a Selle Anatomica on the way, so hopefully one of those helps.

Good luck and keep us updated if you find something that works for you.
 

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I have a different problem, but my solution is a Selle Royal Lookin saddle and I wear padded tights and padded baggies.

Selle Royal

My issue is bursitis of the ischial tuberosities. I tried several saddles. The Brooks Swift I tried was way too hard for me; couldn't break it in.

You might be interested in one of their other models; maybe the Respiro?
 

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Guys (and girlonbike), thank you so much for your help and suggestions. I had a follow up appointment today with my doc, who happens to be a cyclist too, and he said he didn’t think it was epididymitis or an infection at all. I really trust my doctor and value his thoughts for sure, so I believe his diagnosis. Basically he said that he thinks it is actually a pulled muscle of some kind, a muscle that connects to the pelvis and other areas down there. He asked if I had any trauma to that are before the pain began. Going back to August of 2012, I did have a pretty good wreck that left me with a very painful bruised kidney that put me in the ER. Shortly after the wreck happened and before I went to the ER, I had also thought I had pulled a groin muscle from that wreck, but shortly forgot about it as the kidney pain pretty much took over. So, while it is good to hear that it isn’t an infection, the drawback is that the healing of a pulled internal muscle will take a while. But, he said to get out and ride, it won’t hurt anything further.

Now, based on your recommendations, I have been researching saddles. The ISM Adamo is an nice looking seat for sure, as are the Selle Italias too. I really appreciate the input of demo saddles from online retailers as the demo and trial process on a saddle could be key. I had also heard that Specialized saddles with their Body Geometry design are pretty great too, and we have a local Specialized dealer. I went down to the shop and they measured my sit bones, which I have never done before. To be honest, I already forgot my measurement, so I will go back and do it again. But, the measurement was a bit on the wider side, even though I am 6’1” and 170lbs geared to ride. Wider than average, the Specialized tech told me. With the Fi’zi:k Tundra2, I found the width to be 125mm, which is a pretty narrow seat from what I can tell. I am truly thinking that while the Tundra2 is a quality seat, it is way too narrow for me, and I have been sitting on and supporting my weight not by my sit bones, but by soft tissue. Not the way to do it.

Again, I don’t think the seat factored in necessarily to my issue, but it may have opened my eyes to looking for a different saddle to increase that comfort factor, especially post injury. I’ll keep you all posted on my progress and what I end up with. Again, thank you all for your help and support. It means more to me than you know. That is why MTBR is such a great resource. Thank you!
 

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I've been riding bikes for a long time. And in that time, there have been lots of conversations about protecting junk. I've found that saddle position and width are far more important than anything else when it comes to testicle comfort.

As many have pointed out, there shouldn't be any pressure on anything other than your sit bones (ischial tuberosities). What ensures that you only have pressure on your sit bones? Saddle position and saddle width.

On every bike I've ever set up, check the saddle position by balancing a clip board on top of the saddle, and then setting a bullet level on top of the clip board. I've found that a degree or two nose down from level works best for me.
 

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Kudos to you for swallowing your pride and being so open. Glad it's actually a muscle pull because those are kind of flukey anyway and not something that can keep coming back and damaging your um...precious. Your sit bones don't say you have a big butt so don't worry about that. (And even if it did, we're not going to tell you that!) ;)

If anything, you'll feel much nicer on a good fitting saddle. It's the one thing that makes or breaks a ride.
 

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Kudos to you for swallowing your pride and being so open. Glad it's actually a muscle pull because those are kind of flukey anyway and not something that can keep coming back and damaging your um...precious. Your sit bones don't say you have a big butt so don't worry about that. (And even if it did, we're not going to tell you that!) ;)

If anything, you'll feel much nicer on a good fitting saddle. It's the one thing that makes or breaks a ride.
Thanks girlonbike. It wasn't an easy swallow, but once I got passed the initial fear and embarrassment and understood the potential health effects, I had no problem mentioning it. In the end, I think it was a good thing, as you all helped me with ideas and suggestions. That said, there certainly is something humbling about your balls in the hands of another man. The other man being my doc, of course.

Finding out my sit bone measurement was very telling I think, that I am basically on a completely wrong seat. With measurements on the Tundra2 for width at 125mm, and I am thinking he said I was over 130mm on my sit bones, right there, the math doesn’t equal me being comfortable. Damn, I all this time and miles, and I could have been so much more comfortable.

Again, thanks all. I will update this thread when I try some saddles out and let you know where I ended up.
 

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That's weird that the nut pain was a pulled muscle.. everything is so interconnected down there though, an irritation of one thing is bound to have some odd consequences.
 
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