Join Date: Apr 2007
Bikes: 2013 MEC Col Ltd. road bike; 2012 MEC Silhouette hybrid; 2001 Specialized Allez (too small); 1984 Raleigh 5-speed city bike; 1985 Boyes-Rosser tourer; 1976 Raleigh Twenty folding bike; 1988 (?) Kuwahara "Blaze" mountain bike
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Original saddle on that bike? Yeah, those will hurt... the hard plastic with vinyl cover is kind of a torture device at best!
A few suggestions:
1. padded bike shorts. You can get the mountain bike style that look like normal shorts if you want to avoid the Lycra look
2. If you go new saddle, don't fall for the big squishy seats. They hurt *more* in the long run! I have a hard foam one that is a good compromise, I think. I'm saving up for a Brooks leather saddle.
3. Don't underestimate how much your butt can toughen up over time! After my first ride, I couldn't sit down; and I'd only gone 4km. Yesterday I rode 30 km after supper without thinking twice.
Also, as you ride more, you won't be sitting on the saddle as much as you'll be perching, and your legs will be taking more of your weight.