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Old 03-18-14, 09:12 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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
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Old 03-18-14, 09:28 PM   #2
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.... 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......

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.
All that riding right away... and your bum is only a little sore? Your doing good. Take it easy... those sit bones take a little time to toughen up.

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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.
They call it stretch... it's just the cable and parts sitting into position. This YouTube video has the info you need... at two minutes into the video:

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Old 03-20-14, 08:38 AM   #3
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Sorry for the late response, I had to study the video 8 times. The adjuster nut on my brake has no clear groves that let me know I can turn it. I did fix the brake. Thank you. I also adjusted the brake cable.

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The saddle was really hard and left me hurting for 21 days. I thought I'd never ride a bicycle again.
No saddle should ever hurt for such a long time. I think your problems are elsewhere.
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