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knotreel
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   Posted 5/30/2011 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Now that I have finally regained continence following RRP in 12/09 I plan on returning to bike riding. First total incontinence had me holding back on riding, now I have a new challenge. The saddle. Now that I have an artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) I will not be able to use a seat without a horn (nose). This pretty much means a "bench" style seat and I have narrowed my search down to the following seats.
 
Next Ride, Spongy Wonder, Hobson, Theseat (ERGO) and Moonsaddle.
 
 There are a few others that I ruled out as they were built for people that just want a larger seat for leasure type riding like around their neighborhoods.
So has anybody used any of the listed seats for riding? what experience did you have?
Having an AUS, I will not be able to have any sitting pressure on my perineum because it will deflate the cuff and cause me to be incontinent while riding. THe doctor said that sitting on the cuff will not likely damage the device, but.....
What I think I want is a seat that will allow my sit bones to perch on it but will allow downward movement of my thighs without pressure on them. I never had a problem with the "narrow" seats some complain of and actually though them comfortable but not that standard type of saddle is out for me. 
Any advise would be appreciated.
Ron
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Methodist recomended AUS
AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,<0.01@12 mo.

jxmuldoon
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   Posted 5/30/2011 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Consider a recumbent. They create no pressure, and can be for more than leisure tours of the hood. In fact, some of the fastest bikes in the world are recumbents.

knotreel
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   Posted 5/31/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Muldoon, I have heard that before, but I have a deep aversion to , I can't say the word, re,re-ah recu-ah..... so that's out. Besides I have a decent bike already that I had just put together before my dx.  So, my tunnel vision is lazered in on a seat.
Ron

Sonny3
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   Posted 5/31/2011 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Ron,

Take a look at these two seats. It seems that there is a really large selection of seats out there. In fact, after reading your post I am now thinking about getting a comfortable seat for myself and hitting the road.

HorseShoe Seat
www.bicycleseats.org/horseshoe-seat.htm

SpiderFlex
www.spiderflex.com/#

Sonny

adderboy
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   Posted 5/31/2011 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Ron,

Although I won't be able to ride until mid July (Doc said 3 months), I ordered a SpiderFlex seat. It has a very unusual design but seems to do the job. The seat is extremely well built and was not a problem mounting on seat post. The shipping was super fast - about three day from the time I ordered to delivery.

Happy cycling!
Age: 55 Ontario, Canada
PSA: 1.2
Dec 2010: Family Dr. found lump on routine physical (not there 1 year prior)
Feb. 6 2011 biopsy: 3 of 11 cores, T2a, Gleason 6 (3,3)
Urologist recommended "watchful waiting" ...back to my family doctor he recommended surgery.
Back to Urologist asked him to refer for third opinion (he did so reluctantly)
3rd opinion: Urologist recommends surgery
April 15: open radical prostatectomy
April 27: catheter removed...absolutely no ED issues and a little incontinence.
May 6 2011: Pathology report excellent, cancer confined to prostate, Gleason score remained at 6!

F8
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   Posted 5/31/2011 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
i injured my perineal region years ago when i was cycling 6k miles a year.  for several years i have used the spiderflex which puts no pressure at all on the perineum.  i tried other "hornless" saddles but this is the best for me.
 
ed
 
age: 56
PSA on 12/09: 6.8
gleason 3+4 = 7
HT, BT and IGRT
received 3rd and last lupron shot 9/14/10
2/8/11 PSA <.1, T= 6 ng/dl

knotreel
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   Posted 5/31/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sonny, adderboy, and ed, I did not find the spiderflex during my first seach, I just ordered the cheapest hobson for 29 bucks on ebay just to get started on something. The Spiderflex looks good, however I am curious about the "bench" style seats like the Moonsaddle and the Nexride. After I try the Hobson, I think that will give me a better idea, actually I will need at least two seats.
Ron
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Methodist recomended AUS
AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,<0.01@12 mo.

EnglishBob
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   Posted 5/31/2011 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
jxmuldoon said...
Consider a recumbent. They create no pressure, and can be for more than leisure tours of the hood. In fact, some of the fastest bikes in the world are recumbents.


I am an engineer and made my own recumbent a few years ago and they are very comfy as your weight goes on the base of your spine and the back of your buttocks, plus they are ridiculously fast, cost me £70 to make it and i overtook guys on megabuck bikes lol

Have fun, Bob.
Age 58
Prostate problems since early 40s
Ed since early 40s
April 2007 biopsy & all clear
July 2010 prostate swollen more, psa up to 5.6 August 6.7
September, biopsy again
October 7th diagnosed prostate cancer, Gleason grade 6 at 10% mass
December 13th 2010 open Radical Proctatectomy (non nerve sparing)
Pathology results came back Gleason grade 7 at 12% mass BUT clear margins
Catheter out Jan 5th 2011
Caverject for penile therapy 22nd Jan 2011
Dry at night since 1st Feb 2011
Psa at 3 months post op is now 0.03
Dry in day and pad free from 16th April 2011 :))

knotreel
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   Posted 5/31/2011 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I ain't ridin no stinkin re, re, recum uh recumb......,  English your heart is in the right place but some people (me) you can't help on some issues. I have a thing about those kind of bikes. Sort of like a woman with michelin tire man legs, I can't even think about it. But I do need a new saddle!
Ron

Post Edited (knotreel) : 5/31/2011 3:29:22 PM (GMT-6)


fulltlt
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   Posted 6/10/2011 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I ran across this site that has some interesting products including this
bicycle seat. It looks like a seat cover. Some of the items seem
over priced though.

usamediquip.com/proddetail.php?prod=3020-Seatcover
location: Batavia, IL
dx age 57 2/2010 PSA 8.2
biopsy 2/2010 - 2 of 8 left & 2 of 8 right positive, Gleason 3+4=7
attended support group - advised to get a second opinion
second opinion on pathology from Johns Hopkins 4+4=8
PSA 15 4/2010
5 weeks IMRT 4/2010-6/2010 at Copley Hospital in Aurora, IL
91 palladium 103 seeds 7/2010 at Chicago Prostate Center, Westmont, IL
PSA
Oct 3.97
Dec 2.78
Mar 2.42

English Alf
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   Posted 6/11/2011 2:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ron,

I'm in Holland, where there are almost more bikes than people. I ride about 5 miles every day and have an ordinary bike with an ordinary saddle. My uro and RT docs said there was no need to switch to a special saddle, what matters is good even support everywhere, and there can be a risk with a seat with a hole or dip in it that this increases the pressure at the edge, which may not be good for the rest of your backside.
What was a better idea was to switch to a lady's bike without a cross bar so as not to have to raise my leg to get on and off, which could cause some leaking. Another thing to avoid is cobbled roads.

Alf

knotreel
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   Posted 6/11/2011 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Fulltlt and alf, Thanks for your advise. I did look at the site but I can't see that helping the problem of pressure on my AUS cuff. My doc said it would not necessarily hurt the AUS or me but it would render the device inoperable while riding. I just got my Hobson seat and after I figure out how to mount and adjust it, I will have a better idea of what direction to go in. I plan on reporting my experience so other AUS users can use it.
Ron
06-08 1st biopsy neg psa 4
10-09 psa 5.5 2nd biopsy 1/12 pos. 10%, G(4+3) age 65
12-15-09 RRP Tulane NOLA Dr Lee
Path, 1%, clr marg, no EPE, no SVI, nodes cl, G(4+3)
100% incontinent @ 12 months
ED, pre-op severe, post op total
10/10 Dr Boone, Methodist recomended AUS
AUS/ IPP performed 1/11/11 Methodist Houston
post op psa's 0.04,<0.1,<0.1,<0.01@12 mo.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 6/11/2011 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Ron I am anxious to see how you like the hobson seat. Give me a call and let me know.

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better
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