Originally Posted by burlsube
Do I just need to power through it and hope my undercarriage will toughen up? Every year for the last 10 years I take my bike out do a few rides and get frustrated and hang it back up.
Im currently using a Brooks Imperial and Demarche and Assos shorts. Any suggestions? I dont want to give up riding, but I am close.
I wouldn't try just powering through it as it may cause more grief.
Not knowing all the things you may have tried or exactly how your bike is set up, a couple of suggestions to try before going back for a fitting etc.:
1.) Lower your seat post so that your saddle is roughly level with your handlebars or even 1/2" lower. First mark or denote your original seat post position for easy reference when putting it back in it's original position.
(For the purpose of putting you in a more upright riding position to see if that makes a difference for you.)
2.) Level your saddle using a spirit / carpenter's level, and since it's a Brooks make sure the back 1/2 of the saddle ( the widest part ) where your sit bones contact the seat is the part that is roughly level. This may mean the nose of the saddle is tilted upward several degrees.
( This will ensure that you are not sitting or sliding forward onto the saddle horn as Brooks saddles have a concave section in the middle with both ends sloping towards the middle. It should also put you in a position where your sitz bones are taking the weight as it should be )
Then give it a ride, keeping in mind that the seat is lower than it should be, but the goal is to find out if a more upright riding position would help you put some miles on that lovely bike. :)