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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.

(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.