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    My backside is killing me .( real question)

    I have a big rear, could that be the reason I am in pain after riding . Today was the first day I got back and really went for a ride.

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    Gotta answer your question with a few questions.

    1. What distance are you riding?
    2. What type of pain are you having? Pressure points? Numbness? Chaffing? All of the above?
    3. What type of bike are you riding, and what seat is on it?

    If you're just starting, some normal "break in" of your backside is normal.

    The horrible looking biker shorts DO help and are generally worth the investment.

    The size of your backside doesn't have a lot to do with fitting to a seat. The real measurement is the distance between your "sit bones" (lower pelvis). As an example, after riding ~15mi a night for over a year (and up to 50mi at events), I got a new road bike that had a super narrow seat on it. I could tolerate the new seat for less than a mile before I started getting pressure points. I went to the bike shop and got measured (Specialized makes a foam "seat" to measure the distance between your sit bones) and got a new seat that put me back at my 15mi/night route.

    Throwing money at it is not always required. Depending on your issues you may be able to adjust the seat tilt or move it fwd or backwards on the rails and get some relief. This page will help explain the theory of seats and some of the adjustments you can make (and why you'd make them). http://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

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    What distance are you riding?- Not to long just around 3 miles going and coming. So 6 all together.
    What type of pain are you having?-Numbness?
    What type of bike are you riding, and what seat is on it?-A cheap road bike,and stock seat.

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    You need to be measured for a new seat. Numbness (and I'm assuming that when you say that, you mean that it feels like something has "gone to sleep") is often due to a lack of blood flow, giving you that numb and tingling sensation. This means that a part of your seat is occluding one of the vessels that passes through your backside (there are a lot of them). As Zoxe said, your seat may be too narrow (or too wide) and that could be causing the problem.

    I would stop by your favorite LBS, have them measure you (if they can), and try out a few different seats and see if that helps.

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    Usually the seat that comes with the bike is a worthless piece of junk used only for test riding. Get a good pair or two of bike shorts and find a good seat for you and get fitted properly.
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    About the shorts I am a bit too big for spandex, would it work if I wear them under my normal shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybsmooth View Post
    About the shorts I am a bit too big for spandex, would it work if I wear them under my normal shorts.

    Try mountain biking shorts, they are more stylish for sure. And they have a chamois or pad that will make riding easier.

    And if you are having numbness, get thee to a bike shop ASAP.

    If you are just a bit sore you need to ride more to break yourself into the joy of riding.

    Don't let this be a hurdle in riding, it can be fixed and quite easily.

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    As counterintuitive as it seems, a soft saddle isn't good. You want a firm saddle that, as noted above, is the right width for your "sit bones". You can wear bicycle shorts under regular shorts, sweats or about whatever you want. Just avoid pants with thick seams in the crotch. Or go for the MTB shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybsmooth View Post
    About the shorts I am a bit too big for spandex, would it work if I wear them under my normal shorts.
    I do all the time to get more use out of worn out shorts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybsmooth View Post
    About the shorts I am a bit too big for spandex, would it work if I wear them under my normal shorts.
    Umm? At 344LBs, 6'0", 30" inseam, 56-58" waist - you *CAN* get spandex shorts, or the duel shorts (spandex inside, normal shorts outside from http://www.aerotechdesigns.com - believe it or not, the 5XL is TOO BIG for me, most likely the 3XL (go figure)...

    Personally, if you go the spandex-only route - then under your regular shorts ought to be fine (that is what i am trying)
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    I wear underarmour long boxerjocks (moisture wicking 1/2 down the leg boxer brief) underneath a riding short/underwear (padded, again a moisture wicking synthetic substance) and then finally over the top I wear some athletics slicks/wind pants with a wind of tape around the right leg to keep the loose legging out of the chain.

    Riding without the riding shorts/underwear is def a lot different, and not for the better. I'd recommend you get some sort of riding short figured out asap, as others have said. It def helps with the riding comfort, which, if you're not comfortable, you're not going to ride. I got lucky, and my stock Specialized Rockhopper seat works perfectly for me.
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