General Cycling Discussion - I hurt... do I need a softer seat?
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07-21-08, 10:37 AM
How can I make my ride more comfortable? I rode for maybe a half hour yesterday and I don't feel good today. I was just wearing street clothes, but I didn't think it would be that uncomfortable. The bike is a 1996 Specialized Rockhopper but I ride in on lots of pavement... the seat is pretty hard.
07-21-08, 12:17 PM
This post is one of those can of worms posts. You will get suggestions from changing bikes, tires, adjustments, training and different seats. Any of those suggestions might work.
07-21-08, 12:39 PM
Original saddle on that bike? Yeah, those will hurt... the hard plastic with vinyl cover is kind of a torture device at best!
A few suggestions:
1. padded bike shorts. You can get the mountain bike style that look like normal shorts if you want to avoid the Lycra look :)
2. If you go new saddle, don't fall for the big squishy seats. They hurt *more* in the long run! I have a hard foam one that is a good compromise, I think. I'm saving up for a Brooks leather saddle.
3. Don't underestimate how much your butt can toughen up over time! After my first ride, I couldn't sit down; and I'd only gone 4km. Yesterday I rode 30 km after supper without thinking twice. :) Also, as you ride more, you won't be sitting on the saddle as much as you'll be perching, and your legs will be taking more of your weight.
07-21-08, 12:42 PM
Getting a new seat would be good but the tough part is whick one. Don't go for too soft or gel type saddles, that is not the solution. Too soft a saddle tends to make you sink into it which is not good, so I would go with something firm but with a little give at the same time. Everyones preference is unique so sometimes it helps if you could try a lot of different size and make of saddles to find your comfort fit.
It also depends on how you sit on the bike; from upright, to slightly canted forward, or very canted forward. The way you sit on the bike will play a determining factor also, so take this into consideration.
If you haven't ridden in awhile, give your butt a chance to 'break in" As time goes by you will feel less uncomfortable. Proper adjustments mean a lot.
07-21-08, 01:02 PM
SPRINGS. If I dont have springs my back hurts.
07-22-08, 12:41 PM
Surprisingly, a softer seat is not more comfortable. The best answer is to keep riding and toughen up your "best feature". Now it may be time for a new saddle, but don't go soft.
07-22-08, 12:43 PM
eat more cheeseburgers until you develop enough natural cushioning
07-22-08, 12:49 PM
Your saddle is too narrow... or something
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