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    protecting willy while riding?

    This is somewhat embarassing but I'm looking for advice. I have a medical issue/injury to my male member which makes it very sensitive to (and could be irritated further by) rubbing on the front of my bike shorts while riding, even with briefs.

    Short of wearing a cup or giving up riding altogether (not a great choice since treatment will take about another 10 months), any suggestions for protecting that area? I've tried the Thermajock but it doesn't stay on very well.

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    Get a lopitoffofme. That will work for sure.

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    I use a thick sock in the winter. If that works to prevent problems with the cold it might work for you by preventing abrasion in that area.
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    A) you're not supposed to ride with underwear under your cycling shorts.
    B) no way you're going to wear a cup
    C) get good quality shorts that are the correct size: your junk shouldn't be rubbing or moving around in your shorts if they fit properly.
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    Instead of risking further damage to yourself, take the 10 months of treatment and start riding next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Get a lopitoffofme. That will work for sure.
    There's a great Russian urologist that specializes in that surgery---I. Kutcherpeckerov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB176 View Post
    I use a thick sock in the winter. If that works to prevent problems with the cold it might work for you by preventing abrasion in that area, and the women love it.
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    switch to some other exercise that doesn't injure it. I know it sucks but the twins are pretty useless without big sam I would personally say maybe an elliptical machine with some loose shorts that have liners to keep things from flailing around

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downshifter View Post
    This is somewhat embarassing but I'm looking for advice. I have a medical issue/injury to my male member which makes it very sensitive to (and could be irritated further by) rubbing on the front of my bike shorts while riding, even with briefs.

    Short of wearing a cup or giving up riding altogether (not a great choice since treatment will take about another 10 months), any suggestions for protecting that area? I've tried the Thermajock but it doesn't stay on very well.
    Compression shorts underneath? I know nothing underneath usually but a pair of compression shorts may be tighter and stop any movement than your ordinary bike shorts.

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    There's a great Russian urologist that specializes in that surgery---I. Kutcherpeckerov.
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    bibs

    Quote Originally Posted by Downshifter View Post
    This is somewhat embarassing but I'm looking for advice. I have a medical issue/injury to my male member which makes it very sensitive to (and could be irritated further by) rubbing on the front of my bike shorts while riding, even with briefs.

    Short of wearing a cup or giving up riding altogether (not a great choice since treatment will take about another 10 months), any suggestions for protecting that area? I've tried the Thermajock but it doesn't stay on very well.
    You were not very descriptive about the problem (and we thank you for that) but if the problem is movement and resulting abrasion I have found that bib shorts offer more support and may reduce that effect. You could also try a bit of chamois cream there

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    did u just have a circumcision ? rest for awhile before going on the bike again

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Get a lopitoffofme. That will work for sure.
    I'd refrain from this advice... You'll eventually have to undergo an Addadicktome.. and they are not guaranteed to be 'successful'...

    Take the ten months off.. select a diff form of exercise.. then resume cycling when Mr Johnson is fully recuperated...

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    There are all kinds of products to reduce frictions. I think in general there are two strategies to reducing rubbing of anything, constrain it, and put something slippery over it. So like robdamanii said get a pair of good shorts that fit right. But if it still give you problems I would go with an athletic boxer brief. Before I knew better I always wore under armour boxer jocks under my cycling shorts and it never gave me any problems, but it does hold everything in place. Slippery stuff could include chamios (sp?) cream, vaseline, or maybe even lube, some oil based stuff might stay put for awhile. I think with a bit of experimenting you can find something that'll work for you.

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    Thanks for the constructive suggestions. I think I will reduce or stop riding until my next (surgical) treatment, scheduled for early June. Part of the problem is due to road bike shorts being tight and putting pressure against the area. Even with looser fitting shorts, riding is probably not a great idea. I have an obstruction of the urinary tract which is difficult to treat and could get worse from riding.

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    How about a speedo bathing suit?

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    Have you looked at the Nexride "noseless" saddle? ( nexride noseless saddles - Nexride Noseless Saddle Product Description ). Keeps all of the pressure points well behind your sensitive parts. My riding partner had his prostate removed in February, and he's back up and riding on one of these. He hasn't gotten used to it yet, and complains about the 'weird' feel almost every ride, but at least he's riding.
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    A TIGHT fitting wicking spandex/mesh type of undershorts will contain the item and any rubbing/abrasion will be between the briefs and the cycling shorts, not your thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Downshifter View Post
    I have an obstruction of the urinary tract which is difficult to treat and could get worse from riding.
    I wouldn't even consider riding until the full course of treatment is complete. 10 months is nothing considering the downside if something happens.

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    Throw it over your shoulder like a Continental soldier

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    Healthy penis / Riding a bike

    How is this even a question?

    Do WHATEVER you have to do to take care of your stuff. If that means being off your bike for 10 months, then lock your bike up for 10 months. What does your Doc say? I'm kinda thinkin' you might be better off listening to your Doctor.

    Or maybe......
    If you just can't manage to stay off that bike, go uber commando. No pants, no nuthin'. Let that thing breath some fresh air. Just rock out with your **** out!
    Several suggestion if if you go with this method;
    Sunscreen!
    Get one of those goofy seats with no front end.
    Stay away from bumpy roads.
    When you are done with your "treatment", burn the seat.
    Did I say sunscreen?
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    I agree with the prevailing opinion. I would find something else to do to stay in shape. It'll suck for the first few weeks but it'll get easier after that, especially if you have another activity/sport to concentrate on.

    Many of us have had to take a short, medium, or long hiatus at one point or another (having a kid comes to mind). Some have had to take a few. Things in life just get in the way of what we want. I know, being out on the bike will likely help you mentally deal with your physical health issue but, it doesn’t sound like the right idea. I would ask my Dr. just in case though. Just don’t let the bike hang in the garage for too long after you get the OK to get back to it.

    I can’t believe I got through this post without saying something immature…I must be growing up, naaaahhh.

    Best of luck.
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    The sentiment seems to be: I should stay off the bike, especially if my doc advises against it. At the moment my doctor is non-committal, saying I can do whatever exercise feels comfortable. I think he'd prefer me running rather than cycling, but he hasn't said no riding. Hence my original post.

    However, in 4 weeks I'll have surgery involving a major tissue graft in the area, with a follow-up surgical procedural 6 mos. later. After the first of these, the doc says, "no saddle sports" until I've fully recovered from the second surgery. I plan to follow that order.

    I've only been riding seriously for about a year and I'm really into it, so giving it up will be difficult. But I do have other sports that can fill the void and which the doc says are OK after 4-6 weeks post-surgery.

    Thanks for the helpful posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Downshifter View Post
    The sentiment seems to be: I should stay off the bike, especially if my doc advises against it.
    This is a pretty remarkable thread. I have been reading and posting on RBR since 2000. In the past 12 years, there have been numerous threads where people have been advised by doctors not to ride and the overwhelming response has been: "Ride! Ride! Ride!." In fact, I am one of those people who rode against doctors orders -- after breaking my shoulder. The fact that most people here think that you should not ride is something worth noting. Maybe we (the male among us at least) value our penises more than the other parts of our bodies. But, whatever the reason, listen to us.
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    We really don't know the extent of the condition, the discomfort, and the possible solutions. If it's a threatening condition, then by all means don't ride. If you're just a little sore externally only, then you can probably find a manner to ride if the riding does not exacerbate the sore spot. I have hemorrhoids and I ride 100-150 miles a week. I just figured out how to do it without discomfort.
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