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    Is it me????

    I'm returning to cycling after about a year off. About 30 pounds heavier as well I purchased a trainer last week in order to get some time in before work and after work. Is it just me or are trainers totally uncomfortable? I can barely sit in the saddle my tush hurts so bad and cycling feels very awkward. I can't imagine how people ride several hours on it. I can barely do 10 minutes. Am i doing something wrong? Went out this weekend and rode 12 miles . Felt great to be back on my bike. Didn't even feel too out of shape either but when i tried my trainer again, it was awful!
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    trainer saddles are usually wide thus uncomfortable. Make sure its the same saddle as on your bike. Make sure you wear cycling shorts and use a chamois cream. Also, don't forget to stand up or adjust once in a while. No saddle feels good if you just stay in one spot for too long... your position on the trainer probably needs some tweaking...
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    The only trainer I ever used was one that you attached your bike to, so the saddle was fine. The boredom of staring at a wall was what drove me nuts.

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    So I experienced this too. My bike is plenty comfortable out on the road, and plenty painful on the trainer. I attribute some of it to my recovery intervals being a very light spin; lighter than what I typically experience on the road. More force on the pedals means less force on the hind-quarters. So less force on the pedals means...! I also found it helped to put a board under the front wheel and elevate it a bit. And cycling shorts are a must.

    Beyond that, I've just been toughening it out. But same bike, hooked up to the trainer, is less comfortable indoors. Go figure. Frankly, I think a lot of it is mental. I've got the weather, the smells, I'm looking out for cars and animals, I'm paying attention to where I'm at on the road, I'm pedaling up hills that can't simply go away by turning down the resistance. I don't have time to worry about whether my butt hurts! But I think the more sterile nature of a trainer ride just makes us more sensitive.

    Supposedly, a female Cyclist asked good ol' Lance Armstrong what she should do to make her saddle less comfortable. The story goes, without missing a beat, he replied, "Lady, my a** always hurts".

    Try to find ways to distract yourself, too. Listen to music, turn the TV on, etc. I find that on especially tough workouts, my legs are too sore to worry about my butt. Food for thought!

    (Disclaimer: This is a whole 4 days of experience. So take it for what it's worth.)

    Quote Originally Posted by MacNasty View Post
    The only trainer I ever used was one that you attached your bike to, so the saddle was fine. The boredom of staring at a wall was what drove me nuts.
    That's why mine is setup in the living room in front of the TV.

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    What kind of trainer did you buy? Seems like the season. You are the third person in the last week posting about getting one. I bought the trainer that my bike attaches too. So it's the same seat. But was uncomfortable at first the front wheel wasn't elevated and making the ride uncomfortable. Now that I raised the wheel I am good to go. Did a hour over the weekend. If you are getting bored after 10 min is a whole different issue.

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    No. It's not you. I bought this because **** trainers:




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    The lifter/board that comes with trainers should definitely be used. That makes a difference. Other than that, I hate trainers. I had one years and years ago when I was riding before but I absolutely hated every second of it.

    The only trainer I would consider now is the bkool because of the tech involved. But even so, I believe that there is a massive difference between trainer and actual on the road experience mentally. When on the road, you aim for a place to go. When you get there, there is accomplishment. And if you are tired the only recourse is to ride home. On the trainer there is no destination and if you are tired you simply get off the bike and you are home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RomansFiveEight View Post
    So I experienced this too. My bike is plenty comfortable out on the road, and plenty painful on the trainer. I attribute some of it to my recovery intervals being a very light spin; lighter than what I typically experience on the road. More force on the pedals means less force on the hind-quarters. So less force on the pedals means...! I also found it helped to put a board under the front wheel and elevate it a bit. And cycling shorts are a must.
    I'm in the same boat: my bike is incredibly comfortable on the road, but not so comfortable on the trainer. I think the big difference is that when I'm riding on real roads I get more of a chance to move around. Standing to climb or sprint, off the bike at stop lights, turning around to look for cars or riding companions, etc. A good pair of shorts, keeping the bike absolutely level, and sitting upright during easy recovery intervals seems to help. As does more time suffering on the trainer...

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    What kind of trainer did you get? Can you change out the saddle to one like on your Felt bike?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.garza View Post
    What kind of trainer did you get? Can you change out the saddle to one like on your Felt bike?
    Sounds like some type of exercise bike and not a trainer you connect your existing bike to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGHT View Post
    Sounds like some type of exercise bike and not a trainer you connect your existing bike to.
    Ah ok. I have one of those and I changed out the seat and pedals real pronto.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ray.garza View Post
    Ah ok. I have one of those and I changed out the seat and pedals real pronto.
    It actually rained in CA last night so I put in time on one of those setup in my condo complex gym. I never thought a big cushy seat would be so uncomfortable!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGHT View Post
    It actually rained in CA last night so I put in time on one of those setup in my condo complex gym. I never thought a big cushy seat would be so uncomfortable!!
    Yes, they are very deceiving. I still got mine but it's just sitting there. I should sell it.


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