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Old 07-24-08, 07:30 PM   #1
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My booty hurts. Is this normal?

So....right beneath my butt cheeks it hurts while riding like when one is lifting weights. Is that normal. It's like with every stroke...it's like OOOOUCCCH! Anaerobic type pain..similar to when one is lifting weights.
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Have you made the correct adjustments to the seat and handlebars? How long have you been riding?
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Have you made the correct adjustments to the seat and handlebars? How long have you been riding?
I've been riding for maybe 4 weeks. And my arms don't hurt and the seat gets ncomfortable in that ooo it's time to take a break way after a while.

But, this isn'y a long ride just the push to get home and than around mile 4 right under the booty cheeks that ouch ouch muscle pain hits.
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funny thread title. my but bone has been hurting all week for some reason, not sure why though.
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Sounds normal to me, try standing for a little bit to relieve the pressure. I'm at a point where i feel nothing on my butt....
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Having never lifted weights voluntarily I have no idea what you're talking about.

All I know is that if your position and or bike fit is off, pain can develop in any number of places.

I ride a lot and have for years, and my butt never hurts.
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Two things come to mind. First, after you ride longer you're butt will get used to being in the saddle and it won't hurt as much. Second, you mention that your hands don't hurt, which makes me think most of your weight is on your feet and your butt. You could try lowering your stem, or moving your seat forward to get your CG more forward of the pedals and get more weight on your hands and less on your butt. I wouldn't move it much though, just tiny bits at a time to see how you like it.
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might try a different seat?
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My saddle was hurting my butt this morning.. afternoon ride, raised it about a half an inch and the pain went away. So maybe it's a saddle adjustment issue for you too?
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+1 on seat adjustment. Watch this:

http://bicycletutor.com/adjust-seat/
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4 weeks isn't a long time so that would be my first guess. Next comes all the obvious stuff, saddle position & height. I only start to feel symptoms now after around 40Km usually an hour break relieves that and i'm good to go another 40!
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Stretch your hamstrings and gluts in a hot shower. Go slow and easy.

That should fix you right up.
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So....right beneath my butt cheeks it hurts while riding like when one is lifting weights. Is that normal. It's like with every stroke...it's like OOOOUCCCH! Anaerobic type pain..similar to when one is lifting weights.
No, this is not normal.

Possible your saddle is too wide.

Also, it might help to position the saddle back farther to the rear.

Maybe lift the bars.

In any case, you should not be experiencing the type of pain you describe for short rides.
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Have any of you done leg lifts. Like that bottom of your booty part is what hurts. lol Kind of like that feeling when you are on your last rep lifting weights.

I'm going to see what happens on my commute to work tomorrow. And see if there is a difference coming home. I plan to do a ride this weekend..so I will move my saddle back some..to see if that has any affect.

My seat post is at a good place. I like my pedal stroke. Might change hand positions because right now I am stretched out on my trek bars. Which is how I ride all the time. I wonder if I would like my bike as much if I didn't put those bars on it, because having my hands on the regular handle bars seems too much like an upright position for my liking.

I am currently looking for a road bike.
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Is this muscle pain or saddle-soreness?
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When I first started out I had some pretty bad pain in the ass...felt like muscle pain but was pretty much due to not being used to riding a bike. I went to the LBS and bought a pair of cycling shorts, which I wore under my work clothing. Worked fine for me. Later I found out about the Andiamo padded cycling briefs, which work great for me. Now that my "booty" is accustomed to riding, I can get away with no padding for the short trips, but I really liked having my voler bib shorts for my 55 mile utility cycling trip to the local winery to pick up my 6 bottles of wine today .
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Is this muscle pain or saddle-soreness?
Sounds like the OP is complaining of muscle pain. So, maybe some recovery time will do the trick.

Is it just me, or does anybody else think it's funny that we're all hustling around trying to isolate a PITA?
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Sounds like the OP is complaining of muscle pain
Basically.

From her description, it sounds like it's right at the attachment of the hamstrings. Simple easy stretching and getting used to the saddle should fix 'er up!
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Possible your saddle is too wide.
I've had pain at the leg/buttocks intersection when riding a wider than normal saddle. I forget the exact circumstances, I think it was someone else's bike. It wasn't sit-bone pain, which I'm pretty immune to, but a weird muscle soreness like you describe.

If the pain is definitely not under your sit-bones, I'd concur about the wide saddle.
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I think you all are right on with the muscle pain. Because this is definitely not saddle soreness.

I am going to start doing some stretches before I leave work and see if that helps too. Realized to day on ride I am always scooting back on my saddle. So I am going to make that adjust today and move the saddle back.
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Saddles shaped more like this one cause me to have similar types of pain but more towards the inner buttocks near the groin muscle than where you describe.


Saddles shaped more like this one eliminate the problem.
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Have any of you done leg lifts. Like that bottom of your booty part is what hurts. lol Kind of like that feeling when you are on your last rep lifting weights.

I'm going to see what happens on my commute to work tomorrow. And see if there is a difference coming home. I plan to do a ride this weekend..so I will move my saddle back some..to see if that has any affect.

My seat post is at a good place. I like my pedal stroke. Might change hand positions because right now I am stretched out on my trek bars. Which is how I ride all the time. I wonder if I would like my bike as much if I didn't put those bars on it, because having my hands on the regular handle bars seems too much like an upright position for my liking.

I am currently looking for a road bike.
I suspect its the "upright" riding posture from a mountain bike or a hybrid style bike? I went to a road bike after using the hybrid and found the road bike more comfortable... then rode the hybrid later and I had a "cramp pain" on the down stroke (not a cramp though)... I would agree the feeling is like when you are doing curls at the top part of the movement...
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I just went to a bike biomechanics lecture at the Sports Basement in the Presidio in SF. The physical therapist who gave the lecture said that often the problem is not the fit of the bike or the saddle but the biomechanics of the body on a particular bike. He also said that one problem he sees now and then is weakness in the muscles right beneath (not below) the butt muscles. These are small muscles that stabilize your hip the way the rotator cuff muscles help stabilize the shoulder. If your pain is there, it's possible that your knees angle inward or outward as you pedal, and you probably need to strengthen these muscles. You can do by taking a rubber tube, tying it into a loop, putting the loop around your legs a little above the knee, and resisting by pushing out to the side on both legs. You can do this seated or in a squat position. However, if your pain is where the top of your leg attaches to the bottom of your butt, it sounds like tendinitis of the tendons that attach your hamstrings to your pelvic bones. For that, you should ice the sore area after each time you ride, take an ibuprophen like Advil regularly for a few days to resolve inflamation, and buy one of these (www.thestick.com) to massage your hamstrings several times a day. (Stretching already irritated muscles can make them more irritated -- think of pulling on an already frayed rubber band. Massage can achieve the same effect as stretching if you do it properly.) Sometimes, hamstring tightness will be felt in the connecting tendons rather than in the hamstring itself. Good luck.
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