Singlespeed & Fixed Gear - Problem with my saddle or just getting used to cycling?
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07-21-10, 12:32 AM
I'm fairly new to riding my fixed gear everyday and i'm starting to notice that it bottom is starting to hurt. The pain is not noticeable when I walk around or when I sit down regularly but if I sit on my bike (Selle Italia Turbo Saddle), the pain comes back. It hurts on the inner bones, close to the "buisness end" haha. Do you guys think this is more of a problem from getting used to the bike or an actual problem with my saddle that should be addressed asap.
07-21-10, 12:44 AM
It could be your saddle angle, it could be the saddle; play with the angle of the saddle first. Get another saddle if the your ass is still sore, Turbo's are kind of wide, you could try a slimmer saddle. But saddles are really personal, different asses prefer different saddles.
07-21-10, 02:10 AM
I've been cycling regularly for over 18 years im 31...When i used to live in canada back in 98 (Ottowa) I fell off the side a mountain while mountain biking. Broke my arm, two ribs, cracked my melon. Anyway. When I was being x-rayed, the MD on staff asked me if I cycle. I said yea... How do you know?
He showed me my xray of my ass...I had calcium buildup on the inside of my sitbones. I think I'm getting the medical term right?
He showed me a non rider. Very different.
You've got to build a tolerance. It's tough in the beginning. I actually had to be taught how to sit correctly. How the height if your seatpost is actually more important than the saddle. If your seatpost is incorrect then you will have soar ass AND sore hands....
Had to learn how to actually sit on my bone vs my meat...I really don't have any meat. I have no ass.
It's so damned confusing.
Go through a bunch of saddles. See if your LBS has a saddle test program.
Just go out and ride. Take a day break between riding with soreness....
It will get better I promise.
07-21-10, 08:43 AM
That is how my ass was for almost a week. I do think saddles, height, and angles make a huge difference, but you also have to "tough it out" when you are first starting.
A good way to get the right saddle position is to post a picture of your bike.
People will make fun of you if it's wrong;
"Nice saddle angle"
"What is that your tri bike?"
07-21-10, 05:35 PM
I sort of disagree with the "tough it out" mentality. Yes, it will probably take a little getting used to (assuming angle and placement correct and all that), but it shouldn't hurt a great deal just to sit on the saddle.
I tried riding with my stock road bike saddle for a few weeks but would consistently notice numbness after about 5 miles. Upgraded to a nicer saddle and problem was instantly gone! :)
07-21-10, 06:25 PM
I started to "tough it out" on my saddle at first too but just realized something wasn't right. Turns out my saddle was just too narrow for my sit bones and I needed something wider. I went to the LBS and got one of their take off saddles for cheap. Worked out much better and the pain is gone. I think it's a bit of both, part toughing it out, and part getting something that fits your body.
07-21-10, 06:49 PM
My ass also hurted in the same area when I used my stock Kilo saddle, I upgraded to a Charge Bucket, a Turbo knockoff. I think the stock one was too narrow, because now it doesnt hurt anymore.
07-21-10, 08:49 PM
Well I just made some horizontal adjustments since I find myself shoving back on the saddle and it seems to be a better. Thanks everyone, maybe later i'll check out a LBS if the problem persists.
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