I want to start using a protection like a helmet for is for the head, but for my penis and testicles.

Why is important? It would give me much more confidence when triying new tricks and tecniques to not fear my genitals will be hurt, simply falling in the wrong way could hurt me very bad.

I shouldn't worry? Well I do and maybe others don't, however I'm not neither the best biker that never falls, neither I think nobody should put others to that standard. If others don't want it ok, I need it.

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    Remember that the protection you use may impact on your comfort when riding in the saddle.
    – KeithWM
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 17:00
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    On Travel, the idiom for titles is "OK, we're all adults here so..." :-) Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 18:07
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    In the 80s, the common solution was top tube pad, stem pad and handlebar pad. Since then it has been out that people don't hit their crotches against bike that often.
    – ojs
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 18:28
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    The American term would be "cup", while "jock strap" would be the garment that holds it. I would imagine that Googling for "sports cup" or "jock strap" would get you what you're after. From there you can work out what the local terms would be. (I'm at work right now, so I'll not put that search in the admin's logs.) I'd imagine that you could pick up something at the local sporting goods store once you knew the correct terminology. As Suspended User says in his(?) answer, though, it might not be comfortable for cycling use.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 19:02
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    I think back to all the various falls I have experienced, and the safety gear that has served the most is gloves and helmet. I have never needed or missed a box, knee or elbow protectors, Hip protectors could have saved me once too. Low pressure clipless pedals are going to save you more often than anything else.
    – Criggie
    Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 21:59

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Genital protection is rarely (if ever) used in cycling because it generally means putting some kind of hard surface in play (or excessive padding). Either of these can easily lead to some very uncomfortable chaffing problems. For less "pedalcentric" disciplines this might be acceptable (flatland, downhill, etc). But, for the rest of the market there just isn't a benefit to loss ratio to justify it.

Many other sports have genital protection equipment that is used regularly. Like winter cyclists who have to use mountaineering equipment to stay warm, you may have to dip into some other sports equipment cache to accomplish / try what you are suggesting.

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    +1 but, in the case I'm familiar with (cricket), protection is mainly against frontal blows, whereas cycling would require protection from below. Equipment designed for other sports definitely seems to be the most promising route but it might still not work out. Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 18:02
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    Baseball catchers often wear a "banana" style cup that provides some protection from below (missed catches can bounce up). The style is also in use for MMA and some extend up to protect the lower abdomen as well. Commented Dec 21, 2016 at 18:15

I struggled with that same question many years ago - and tried my share of products. The difficulty is that anything large or hard enough to provide any real protection is always incompatible with a bike seat and / or the natural position of the rider.

Plastic products hurt like hell when sitting on and push to one side or another. Too much padding causes numbness and discomfort.

About the best I've found are the padded lycra that roadies use - placed under my riding shorts. It doesn't provide total protection, but certainly helps.

  • Good close-fitting padded pants help a lot. Welcome to the site!
    – Criggie
    Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 6:59
  • @Criggie; Thank you, glad to be here. As much as I ride - I can't believe I just found this area of SO.
    – SteveJ
    Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 16:26
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    MTB riders (at least XC) use padded shorts as well. Commented Jul 30, 2021 at 17:56

You can try wearing a jockstrap and cup, as is common in many other sports, but there's a good chance it'll prevent you from sitting properly on the saddle. You can also try using the female version (called a "pelvic protector"), since those are made of foam rather than rigid plastic, and so might be better when you're pedaling.

You can also try swapping your bike seat for an Infinity Bike Seat to give room for the cup, but those seats are pretty expensive, currently starting at $170.

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