Author Topic: A question for the male long-distance cyclist  (Read 2816 times)

Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #25 on: December 03, 2012, 08:23:27 am »
I have had this problem but it only really affects the very tip.

My solution is to wrap a thermal band around my left leg just above the knee.

Do you wrap yours twice round your middle too, then?

Only run it down to knee in cold weather (shrinkage)

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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2012, 08:38:28 am »
I tuck mine in my left sock.

Seriously, though, how about shoving a gel hand warmer down your shorts?  I suppose it wouldn't last long, but...
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2012, 08:49:18 am »
Only had frozen todger once.  About 10 years ago on a very cold very exposed road.  I bought a pair of windproof fronted undershorts (still made by Gore Bike wear) but have not used them.  If you buy any, beware that they are very tight and a little unyielding so you might want a larger size.

These days I find thermal bib tights over shorts works fine, although on very cold  days (perhaps when it has been -5 for a while so everything is damned cold) I use a pair of windproof fronted bib tights.

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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #28 on: December 03, 2012, 11:25:36 am »
Well that's a greater number of sensible suggestions than I was expecting :thumbsup:

On my ride yesterday I tried my windproof tights over padded 3/4 fine for a flat 40 miles but it all felt too rigid for the 8-9 hours in the saddle that a winter 200 needs. I think I'll butcher something made of roubaix fabric and stick it to the front base of an old base layer to be worn under tight shorts (and avoiding seams :o), I'll also do my next 200k on a day that's warm enough to keep my water bottles full of liquid rather than slush (or add brandy to my water bottles).

I may also take a set of Hummers' club kit in my Carradice for emergencies ;D

Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #29 on: December 03, 2012, 11:29:05 am »
Reading this with amusement - I've suddenly remembered that I have in the past resorted to using a sock. It was during a week when nearly every ride was in temperatures below -10C

As long as you tuck everything carefully in the sock it seems to stay in place.
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #30 on: December 03, 2012, 11:37:52 am »
but it all felt too rigid for the 8-9 hours

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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #31 on: December 03, 2012, 12:13:47 pm »
I tuck mine in my left sock.

Seriously, though, how about shoving a gel hand warmer down your shorts?  I suppose it wouldn't last long, but...

...the plastic envelope and filling would keep the wind off your little friend anyway.

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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #32 on: December 03, 2012, 03:05:45 pm »
On a tandem would be best, if the stoker could be encouraged into reach round cupping.
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #33 on: December 03, 2012, 03:08:22 pm »
Suspect swapping places on a tandem would afford a gentleman rider a suitable windshield for delicate areas anyway...

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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #34 on: December 03, 2012, 05:19:14 pm »
On a tandem would be best, if the stoker could be encouraged into reach round cupping.
On our tandem it's a struggle to persuade the stoker to take her gloves off for long enough to distribute rations, never mind 'cupping'.
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #35 on: December 03, 2012, 08:14:58 pm »
There are possibly several issues here.

The numbness of which you speak may be caused by pressure on the perineum, and is fairly well-known.   Saddles with a gap in the middle are supposed to help, as is tilting the saddle forward slightly.

In regards to general chill, then simply layer up.

In regards to chaffing, that's simply a mechanical issue, and I find it's worse when wet.
If I ride a shorter distance wearing underpants, if they get wet, I will chafe.
I'd not wear underwear on a longer ride. (!)
So avoid your little cotton panties.
Apply lots of cream, esp. if it's wet or cold.
I just use the left-over sudocream from when our kids were babies!
It also seems to me that the chafing is related to the hairyness, and that hair acts as a grinding agent.
I've considered ( but not yet tried ) a bit of judicious shaving in the affected areas.

Is that Sudocream not a bit out of date? Your oldest is 14 now!
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #36 on: December 03, 2012, 08:17:34 pm »
Reading this with amusement - I've suddenly remembered that I have in the past resorted to using a sock. It was during a week when nearly every ride was in temperatures below -10C

As long as you tuck everything carefully in the sock it seems to stay in place.


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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #37 on: December 03, 2012, 08:27:56 pm »
Liberally apply deep heat to your tackle before the ride. You will then be praying for numbness.

Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #38 on: December 03, 2012, 08:43:18 pm »
Never had rubbage, but numbness is common, especially with certain saddles which cut off the blood flow.  Standing up to pedal occasionally during a ride will let the blood back in; this can give a curious warm pulsating feeling as if you're wetting yourself.
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #39 on: December 03, 2012, 08:48:46 pm »
Never had rubbage,
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but numbness is common, especially with certain saddles which cut off the blood flow.  Standing up to pedal occasionally during a ride will let the blood back in; this can give a curious warm pulsating feeling as if you're wetting yourself.

I thought that - then I realised that I was wetting myself.
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Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #40 on: December 03, 2012, 08:56:16 pm »
So Sudocrem can also help fight nappy rash then

Re: A question for the male long-distance cyclist
« Reply #41 on: December 15, 2012, 08:22:33 am »
When it gets seriously cold I don my Helly Hansen "sport wind briefs" (to stop wind coming in, not wind going out)
http://www.buachaille.com/p1057-1-52/Underwear/Helly-Hansen-Sport-Wind-Brief.html
It appears they have been discontinued, but I'm sure there are similar products.