Newbie - Aching testicles

Greetings,

My daughter and I received our new Uni’s yesterday. We’re having a great
time. My daughter has now logged two hours and is looking quite
comfortable in the seat. She can hold my hand (mostly lightly) and go
about 15 feet on a flat surface. Primarily she has been using our deck
for support and rarely flies out of the seat. I am beaming with parental
pride!

I have only logged a half hour myself because I am dedicated to getting
my daughter rolling first and our deck space is limited. So far I have
been able to travel about six feet without assistance or lightly
touching the deck rail- which has pleasantly surprised me. It’s really
great fun and I am hoping to log a few hours this weekend.

Okay. Now about my nads. The first time I mounted my new Uni, the seat
(Viscount) came up under me, racking my nads and winding me pretty good
(gasp). My daughter thought I had twisted my ankle due to the obvious
grimace plastered on my face along with the 'ohoh oooh…'noises that
followed. Yea, yea I know your all laughing, but I am sure you’ve done
it too (grin). So… when mounting I have to (ahem) adjust myself to
keep 'ol lefty from being crushed under my weight. Is there a preferred
seat angle or some other tip I can use to minimize the damage to my
aching testicles during a mount?

Thank you in advance.

Jason

Jason,

Thank you for the field trip into your pants. Give lefty my regards.

:slight_smile:

Anyway, you might should have considered the Miyata seat upgrade. I have not once had the problem you had, even when learning. [ Well, once only, but that was my own fault for not wearing underwear that day. ]

I am not sure you should be sitting in any weird locations on the seat. Sit where it feels natural, and just adjust as necessary.

Good luck,

Lewis

Cycling shorts are a good idea as they help to keep everything out of harms way and also provide additional padding around the rear as a bonus.

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Animation wrote:
>
> Jason,
>
> Thank you for the field trip into your pants. Give lefty my regards.
>
> :slight_smile:

Lefty says hello. Righty says nothing at all.

> Anyway, you might should have considered the Miyata seat upgrade.

It’s in the plan. I didn’t buy the Miyata initially because I figured I
would be trashing my first seat during the learning process.

I mostly posted so that everyone could be amused by my first mount- I
know my daughter was! I am sure that the problem will work itself out
over time, and will also get a bit better when I upgrade the seat.

Jason

Boxer briefs, man. wow.

If you wear boxers, throw them away. Briefs are good for your boys, but Boxer Briefs, they protect your boys AND help with that uncomfortable chaffing you get when your thigh rubs agains the side of the saddle over and over and over.

I guess boxer briefs do pretty much the same thing cycling shorts do, just not as well, and less expensively. Plus I’ve always been a little too shy to wear the super-tight cycling shorts.

Yeah, I second this. When I ride I try to always wear boxer briefs. VERY nice, as nbrazzi says.

I’m not too shy to wear the cycle shorts I have, but they are cheap ones with no extra padding, so mostly I dont bother. The two together are decent though (boxer briefs and cheap cycling shorts) though when I do, my saddle soreness seems to arrive maybe 30 minutes sooner.

Mostly, I wear boxer briefs with jean shorts. I need to get some padded cycle shorts. But the boxer briefs are nice. I favor wearing them in favor of all other undergarment types now, even the leftover’s from the ex-gf’s “wonder closet.”

Lewis

Invest in a GOOD pair of cycling shorts with GEL padding. THey are expensive, but are well worth it. How old is your daughter? I always find it interesting when really young kids are able to ride (5,6,7) Its pretty cool. I guess the younger they are, the faster they can learn (within reason), and 2 hrs seems pretty fast. Good Luck to you too. For a half hr of riding, 9 feet is pretty nice.
As far as adjusting goes, I reach down into my pants, and do what needs to be done. Sounds crude, but it is the only way for me to be comfortable, so onlookers will have to deal with it.
-David Kaplan

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Tight stretchy cycling shorts. Yah, they’re not very stylish but they are the most comfortable solution. You can wear the cycling shorts under regular loose fitting shorts or pants. The MTB style cycling shorts that have a loose short sewn on also work.

Cycling shorts are worn next to the skin (i.e. do not wear underwear underneath them).

Expect to spend $30 or more for a descent cycling short. Take a trip to your local bike store and go clothes shopping.

john_childs

Yep, I was laughing. Oh, the initiation rites of a male in the UNi world… :astonished:

Your experience with your boys will be minimized with time and practice. The art is coming down onto the saddle slowly and, for me, is adjusting everyone just as I sit down in the saddle.

Practice this by leaning up against a post or wall and place your pedals in the 12 and 6 o’clock position. Get up on your toes and lower yourself. Adjust as needed on the descent on the outside of your pants. Your method of adjustment whether inside or outside is your preference.

Jeff lutkis had recommended a long time ago pulling the seat sort of through your legs as you sit down. Basically, that means you hold onto the seat with one hand and the other hand adjusts.

It gets easier with practice. I can’t do the bike shorts, because it makes it worse for me. Go figure.

I learned on a viscount seat and felt that there was no difference between adjusting over the Miyata or the Viscount.

MHO

Work the maze.

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UniDak wrote:

> … How old is your daughter? I always
> find it interesting when really young kids are able to ride (5,6,7) Its
> pretty cool.

UniDak,

My daughter is 11 years old. I also have a son who is five and if all
goes well, I would like to get him a Uni next summer. He’s somewhat
small for his age but quite coordinated. He’s riding a conventional two
wheel bicycle now without any instruction. He quite literally climbed on
and started riding (which I think is very cool). He’s been riding a
scooter for the past two summers and I think that has given him a
learning edge. I would guess that he can learn to Uni faster than my
daughter or myself, but my wife and I think he needs to see me and my
daughter enjoying it before he would put the necessary time in to learn.
I’m crossing my fingers. :slight_smile:

Hoo… Sorry to get on my proud parent soap box, but kids (all kids) are
wonderful and going through their childhood with them is just plain fun.
Play with your kids, it’s a hoot!

Jason

Too much information…too much information!!! :astonished:

I sit on my nuts from time to time :astonished: … boxer briefs do help but I’ve done it on all kinds of seats… I would stick with the viscount for now and if you dont like the look of cycling shorts just wear some other shorts over them…

heres what you do

  1. reach down, 2. pull up, 3.sit down. 3 easy steps, you just have to do.

What i do is when i mount, I get the seat ready first, and make sure the twins are in front of the seat, and not touching. It’s a pain at first, but it becomes a habit, and gets normal.

Injections of Novocaine before every ride. :frowning:

Seriously, padded bike shorts plus adjustments. I also found that switching to a right foot mount meant new adjustments.

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In a message dated 6/7/02 4:25:57 PM, nospam@nospam.no.no writes:

<< Okay. Now about my nads. The first time I mounted my new Uni, the seat
(Viscount) came up under me, racking my nads and winding me pretty good
(gasp). My daughter thought I had twisted my ankle due to the obvious
grimace plastered on my face along with the 'ohoh oooh…'noises that
followed. Yea, yea I know your all laughing, but I am sure you’ve done
it too (grin). So… when mounting I have to (ahem) adjust myself to
keep 'ol lefty from being crushed under my weight. Is there a preferred
seat angle or some other tip I can use to minimize the damage to my
aching testicles during a mount? >>

yes, i was defenetly laughing as i read that. pretty hard i might add. but
again, yes i have done it too. the worst was learning the running-jumping
nothing mount. i found you have to kinda, swing them out in front as you
jump. in your case though, you have to simly adjust yourself as you mount.
I hardly noticed i did that anymore untill it was pointed out by some girl at
the 7-11

__
trevor andersen

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I think younger kids are defenetly more adept to learning. i know, where i
spent roughly 6-7 hrs learning to one foot, it took my 12 year old 6 trys and
was outdoing my best distence by double. but he also has 6 months of riding
expierience over my head which might help.

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Boxer briefs work better than boxers, but better yet is a lightweight
swim supporter. It keeps everything together in a pouch which flexes up
and out of the way when you insert the seat between your thighs. Avoids
the need to adjust, which can be embarrassing in mixed company.

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Jason <nospam@nospam.no.no>
> Okay. Now about my nads. The first time I mounted my new Uni, the seat
> (Viscount) came up under me, racking my nads and winding me pretty good
> (gasp). My daughter thought I had twisted my ankle due to the obvious
> grimace plastered on my face along with the 'ohoh oooh…'noises that
> followed. Yea, yea I know your all laughing, but I am sure you’ve done
> it too (grin). So… when mounting I have to (ahem) adjust myself to
> keep 'ol lefty from being crushed under my weight. Is there a preferred
> seat angle or some other tip I can use to minimize the damage to my
> aching testicles during a mount?

I got this tip and haven’t seen it posted yet:
Before freemounting, hang your belongings on one side of the seat i.e.
the side of the leg you have on the ground. Or in other words: place
your seat in your right groin if you mount right foot first. Once you
sit down and ride, and the seat assumes a central position, your stuff
should “go up”. When I was new to riding this was the somewhat
embarrassing, grab-in-pants bit. With more experience, my genitals
have learned all by themselves where to go. Magic, huh?

Klaas Bil

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Hi Jason,
I myself have thought that the Miyata seat would be the TOP stuff (not yet air-seated), but as soon as I went onto it, I have realized that it is wider than a Viscount seat.
I am not fully assure that everyone should use a Miyata, it should be probably related to ones measurements.