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Old 08-23-10, 10:54 AM   #1
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Saddle height and butt pain...

Forgive me if this is an easy question. I'm a new rider (clyde).

Does saddle height affect how sore your butt can get?

I just started riding a week ago last Sunday. My butt was pretty sore, even though I was only doing shorter rides (about 4 miles or so). Friday I picked up a pair a cycling shorts. Saturday, I went out for my longest ride, just over 7 miles and was amazed at how well I felt afterwards, No pain at all.

On Sunday, I adjusted my seat. No real reason other than trying to get less of a bend in my legs. I raised it just an inch or so. With heels pressed to the pedals, my legs were straight, with balls of foot on pedals, there was just a slight bend at the knees.

I went out for a very short ride this morning (just over 2 miles) and now, my tailbone is killing me.

Maybe I'm just over doing it? Maybe I just need to suck it up and get used to it? I haven't rode a bike in close to 25 years. In the last week a did about 28 miles. Not too bad for a 41 yo, overweight smoker.

Any advice greatly appreciated.

PS - the bike is a 2010 Trek 7.2FX
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Old 08-23-10, 11:03 AM   #2
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You may want a different saddle than what came on the bike, your tail bone ,
the end of your spine should not contact the saddle...

Now you know why there are a thousand different saddles all bodies are not identical.
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Old 08-23-10, 12:02 PM   #3
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First, if you were tilting your hips at all, your seat may be too high. Have someone ride behind you and tell you if your hips are rocking left and right.

Second, because the seat tube is angled, raising the seat height without moving the seat forward on the seatpost will probably cause you to sit further forward on the seat. (The seat is now further away from the handlebars.)
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First, if you were tilting your hips at all, your seat may be too high. Have someone ride behind you and tell you if your hips are rocking left and right.

Second, because the seat tube is angled, raising the seat height without moving the seat forward on the seatpost will probably cause you to sit further forward on the seat. (The seat is now further away from the handlebars.)
Thanks for the input. I don't think I'm rocking, but I will have someone watch me to be sure. And good point... I never thought about moving the seat forward. It's hard to believe just a change of an inch can make such a noticeable difference.

I do plan on testing out different saddles too. Maybe a tractor seat...
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1 inch is huge in seat height. Try making corrections 1/4 inch at a time. less when you get close.
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Forgive me if this is an easy question. I'm a new rider (clyde).

Does saddle height affect how sore your butt can get?
I just started riding a week ago last Sunday. My butt was pretty sore, even though I was only doing shorter rides (about 4 miles or so). Friday I picked up a pair a cycling shorts. Saturday, I went out for my longest ride, just over 7 miles and was amazed at how well I felt afterwards, No pain at all.
On Sunday, I adjusted my seat. No real reason other than trying to get less of a bend in my legs. I raised it just an inch or so. With heels pressed to the pedals, my legs were straight, with balls of foot on pedals, there was just a slight bend at the knees.
I went out for a very short ride this morning (just over 2 miles) and now, my tailbone is killing me.

Maybe I'm just over doing it? Maybe I just need to suck it up and get used to it? I haven't rode a bike in close to 25 years. In the last week a did about 28 miles. Not too bad for a 41 yo, overweight smoker.

Any advice greatly appreciated.
PS - the bike is a 2010 Trek 7.2FX
should be a sticky on this topic...

most new riders (and returning after some layoff) will get a really, really sore butt/bone when first doin some consistent ridin.
time in the saddle... your cummulative is about at where it starts... and it will take about double that riding time to get where the butt stops hurtin (sometimes more).

saddle position, of course, will be an issue, but if you are currently with heels flat to pedal when outstretched, you're prolly OK. If the saddle tilt is close to flat, then you;re prolly OK.

you gotta ride thru it. don;t go buying anything just yet... it prolly won;t help.
just part of the game...

gets a little worse before it gets better... 2morrow, when you first hit that saddle you will scream.
but don;t stop the steady rides cause sooner or latter you gotta pay the toll. get it over with. it won't be long and you'll be wonderin what you made all the fuss about.
the combo of the saddle accumulate time and the position change prolly accentuated the 'burn'.

figure, at the rate you;re accumulating miles, you'll feel relief close to 100 mi.

BTW, as advised, make position changes in small increments, 1 inch is huge, but sounds like it got you ballpark close to where you might wanna be anyway. for future measure changes in mm (to keep it small) and try to move under 5 mm at a chip, then ride for a goodly time before contemplating another change.
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Old 08-23-10, 03:28 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I will hold off on a new saddle for now. May as well give it some time, and see if it gets better. If my butt's gonna hurt anyway, I may as well save the $$ spent on a new seat and put it towards something more useful...like a hemorrhoid donut.

Let's see what happens after 100 miles or so.
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Other than rocking hips what are signs the saddle is too high?
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