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miss_s_b ([personal profile] miss_s_b) wrote2017-05-13 11:25 am
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OK, Cycling People, a l'il help?

So yesterday I went out on my bike for the first time in months; I did 8 miles! it was ace! However, this morning my... uh... parts are kinda sore and bruised, because the canal towpath, while very pretty and traffic-free, is a bit bumpy; also the saddle on my bike, despite claiming to have a gel seat pad, is not the softest.

So!

What do I do to cure this? Do I need a new saddle? If so, what kind do you recommend? Is one of those lycra gel seat pads that you can get off eBay worth the three quid they go for? Do I need to get some kind of springing thing UNDER the saddle?

FYI: please don't suggest padded pants. I'm not wearing padded pants for several reasons:
  1. One looks a complete tit in them.
  2. You can't get them in fabrics I'm not allergic to.
  3. I firmly resist specialist cycling clothing in general. Part of the joy of a bike for me is that you can just hop on and go.
  4. One really does look like a total tit in them.
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[personal profile] sfred 2017-05-13 10:38 am (UTC)(link)
I find that I get used to it after a few goes, so this might work for you? Also I raise my treasures off the saddle for speedbumps, but that might work less well for a track that's bumpy all the way along.

(Anonymous) 2017-05-13 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
"I raise my treasures"

What a beautiful turn-of-phrase.

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[personal profile] lilacsigil 2017-05-13 10:42 am (UTC)(link)
I always get sore parts after cycling when I haven't done it in a while. It gets better when cycling regularly but I have no idea why, since it's not muscles involved in the injury! A wider seat or a nice padded cover helps some people but never hit the right spots for me!
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[personal profile] lilysea 2017-05-13 11:42 am (UTC)(link)
Good luck! Genital pain is the WORST.
(She says, from bitter experience.)

Apparently recumbent bikes can really help...
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[personal profile] missdiane 2017-05-13 05:48 pm (UTC)(link)
What kind of bike do you have? If I decide to get a bike since there's now a place to stash it, I'm definitely getting a big ol' granny seat with padding.
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[personal profile] missdiane 2017-05-13 08:43 pm (UTC)(link)
I wonder how I missed that when you posted it? Nice!

I'm thinking of getting something old-ladyish like this
https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/huffy-womens-deluxe-26-cruiser-bike-16hufwlds26dlxcrscrs/16hufwlds26dlxcrscrs?&color=Sparkling%20Snow
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[personal profile] missdiane 2017-05-13 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I'd likely only be riding it in the park a couple of blocks from me. There's one hill going in and out.

I do like that Columbia bike, though. They also sell baskets and saddlebags. I'll have to test out the ones in the store soon :)

(Anonymous) 2017-05-13 06:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Laura again

I think it can help to tilt the saddle slightly forward (or slightly less far back)

it also gets better with time. Unsure why, but it does. Possibly stronger thighs = better at bracing?
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[personal profile] tree_and_leaf 2017-05-14 03:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes, try pushing the saddle forward. I found a wider saddle helped with pains further back towards my spine, but as far as pain in the genitals goes, adjusting the saddle was more use than tying a different type.
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[personal profile] tree_and_leaf 2017-05-14 03:24 pm (UTC)(link)
For what it's worth, I don't think padded pants help with unpleasant clitoral pressure anyway. They do make a bit of a difference for me further back, but it's only worth it if I'm going to be cycling for an entire day.
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[personal profile] nickbarlow 2017-05-14 12:47 pm (UTC)(link)
OK, so different shaped parts and everything, but I've found that if I get any pain down there that just standing up on the pedals and coasting for a bit helps to ease it. Plus wearing something, or standing in such a way that you can get a bit of airflow helps cool things down, which can help.
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[personal profile] xevokitty 2017-05-16 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
The only option I bumped up against when I was last bicyling was to get a different - and much wider - seat.

It was a bit prohibitive for me at the time (being poor) so I opted to just store the bike instead. (Now I'm older and ache more) Might be worth looking to see what options are available for wider seats than what's "normally" on a bike.