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Old 07-21-08, 10:37 AM   #1
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I hurt... do I need a softer seat?

How can I make my ride more comfortable? I rode for maybe a half hour yesterday and I don't feel good today. I was just wearing street clothes, but I didn't think it would be that uncomfortable. The bike is a 1996 Specialized Rockhopper but I ride in on lots of pavement... the seat is pretty hard.
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Old 07-21-08, 12:17 PM   #2
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This post is one of those can of worms posts. You will get suggestions from changing bikes, tires, adjustments, training and different seats. Any of those suggestions might work.
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Old 07-21-08, 12:39 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 07-21-08, 12:42 PM   #4
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Getting a new seat would be good but the tough part is whick one. Don't go for too soft or gel type saddles, that is not the solution. Too soft a saddle tends to make you sink into it which is not good, so I would go with something firm but with a little give at the same time. Everyones preference is unique so sometimes it helps if you could try a lot of different size and make of saddles to find your comfort fit.
It also depends on how you sit on the bike; from upright, to slightly canted forward, or very canted forward. The way you sit on the bike will play a determining factor also, so take this into consideration.
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Old 07-21-08, 12:48 PM   #5
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If you haven't ridden in awhile, give your butt a chance to 'break in" As time goes by you will feel less uncomfortable. Proper adjustments mean a lot.
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SPRINGS. If I dont have springs my back hurts.
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Surprisingly, a softer seat is not more comfortable. The best answer is to keep riding and toughen up your "best feature". Now it may be time for a new saddle, but don't go soft.
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eat more cheeseburgers until you develop enough natural cushioning
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Your saddle is too narrow... or something
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