Have Scoliosis saddle suggestions. plus how can I fix my brake?
I've wanted a bicycle since December of 2012. I test rode a tern link uno folding bicycle then, The saddle was really hard and left me hurting for 21 days. I thought I'd never ride a bicycle again. Since December 2012 I've watched people fly by on their bicycles as I waited for the bus or walked to bart station, I wanted to be a on a bicycle so bad. This year I finally pulled the trigger and bought a cheap single speed online, I built it, sat on the saddle and felt instant pain. I ordered a clould 9 saddle and thought everything would be fine. I have only ridden two days, when I get on the saddle I have some discomfort but its nothing too bad goes away after a while. I guess my sit bones become numb. I have some soreness in my sit bones now Will a firmer saddle really help me? I am thinking about ordering a Serfas RX saddle, if I do and it doesn't work I'll probably start crying. I really don't want to give up on cycling but I don't want to cause any bruising to my sit bones either. When I sit on chairs I have no pain and I am sitting on plastic chairs with no cushioning. I have no pain after riding but if I take my fingers and press into the area where my sit bones with my foot resting on a chair it feels sore. Will a firmer saddle really Help? Thanks in advance.
Other stuff to know:
I have Scoliosis (please don't suggest I see a physical therapist I am broke as is and cannot afford it.) I have never been to a doctor about my Scoliosis. I don't think it's bad does not interfere with anything that I do.
The bike is a Critical Cycle, I have it set to single speed not fixed gear. The color is all black not one of those colorful ones. Everything stock but the saddle. The saddle is set at a height so that my foot is almost fully extended on the pedal, small bend in knee.
Really afraid of firm saddles with little cushioning.
Total miles. Day 1 5.3 miles then rest for 6 hours then rode 9.8 miles. Day 2 9.8 miles rest for 6 hours then rode 9.8 miles.
My biking clothing is a windbreaker jacket and jeans.
Whats wrong with my brake level when I pull down on it the level comes too close to the handlebar. I have looked up videos on how to adjust the brakes and they all have a barrel that is adjusted to fix the lever my brake (rear only, no front brake)does not have this.
I am sorry if I am not suppose to post this here.
Last edited by Browntabby; 03-18-14 at 09:21 PM.
Reason: forgot to give saddle height info and sitting info after riding and touching sit bones info