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Old 04-09-14, 08:56 AM   #1
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New saddle or just adjust?

I bought a Giant Escape 2 about two weeks ago and have ridden it maybe 90 miles so far and wow does my rear end hurt. I plan to start commuting on this bike if weather permits as well. Is there going to be any big difference in switching from the Giant Connect saddle that the bike came with and something like the WTB Pure V Comp? I'm mostly riding casually/for exercise on mostly smooth roads/paved trails. I really just want a comfortable and inexpensive experience.
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Old 04-09-14, 10:00 AM   #2
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I would suggest getting bicycle shorts(padding where you need it), either MTB style with a baggy outer layer or road bike style. I had a similar problem with rear end soreness when I first started and bicycle shorts 100 percent solved the issue.

For rides over 30-40 miles skin lubricant is a life saver as well.
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Old 04-09-14, 11:15 AM   #3
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That saddle came on my Giant Anyroad 2. I tried it for a few rides and ditched it. Went back to my tried and true WTB Speed V Comp. Are you new to riding? It can take a while to get the sit bones used to sitting on the seat. but after a couple of weeks and its not getting any better i think it would be time to try a different saddle. But like said above padded shorts will help immensely and may circumvent the need to try a different saddle.
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I'm new to riding, and the other day I went just over 40 miles and the last 10 miles it was difficult to stay seated it was becoming so painful.
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For a new rider, I would say pain that doesn't start until 30 miles into the ride means your saddle is pretty good for you. But if you started hurting earlier and just dealt with it, it might be an issue.

Pain can be from either pressure, abrasion or both. Your saddle should support your sit bones, and if not, you can get pain from pressure on the wrong spots. But, even with pressure on the right spots, abrasion can be an issue, which can be resolved with cycling specific shorts, and even though I haven't used them, I have heard that various cremes and lubricants can be helpful as well.
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I bought a Giant Escape 2 about two weeks ago and have ridden it maybe 90 miles so far and wow does my rear end hurt. I plan to start commuting on this bike if weather permits as well. Is there going to be any big difference in switching from the Giant Connect saddle that the bike came with and something like the WTB Pure V Comp? I'm mostly riding casually/for exercise on mostly smooth roads/paved trails. I really just want a comfortable and inexpensive experience.
I would say adjust for now until you've tried pretty much everything. Replacing a saddle can be a long and pricey process, so if you can tweak your fit do that first.

EDIT: If you've adjusted it and you still can't find any non-painful position. Find the most tolerable position and take note of exactly what is uncomfortable (thigh rubbing, sit bone pressure, numbness, etc.), then use that information to decide what would be best in a replacement saddle.
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I know nothing about where you ride the weather or anything .


Want Cheap? drop by your local bike shop, they will have alternate saddles to try , 'take offs' are cheaper but new

A bike buyer wanted something else .. rather than what was the box's contents.. the other one was removed and is being resold.
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Have the shop where you bought it take a look at your saddle positioning. Also,are you sitting back on the saddle,or up on the nose?
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Good idea. It takes your anatomy a little while to get used to riding a bicycle, the more you ride the more comfortable it will get.

The road bike guys have the comfort thing figured out, spend the money and get good bike clothing. Its worth it.

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Just give it time. If you are new to cycling, build up to it. Don't start with 40 mile rides. Read A Comfortable Bicycle Saddle
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I'm new to riding, and the other day I went just over 40 miles and the last 10 miles it was difficult to stay seated it was becoming so painful.
Getting a sore butt... seems to be a part of being new to bicycling for most people. 30 miles with a new saddle and without cycling shorts before getting sore is pretty good. You'll be fine.

Lots of things add or distract from saddle comfort. But once you gotten to where you like the saddle and the bicycle is properly fitted to you. The other thing that adds to butt comfort is blood flow. Sitting with your full weight on the saddle will cause your blood to pool in the large muscles and... you'll get sore. Often cyclist tend to remain on the saddle... after they start to get tired. Try standing up from time to time while cycling to keep the blood flowing. It will make a big difference.
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Just give it time. If you are new to cycling, build up to it. Don't start with 40 mile rides. Read A Comfortable Bicycle Saddle
Great advise, when I started bicycling a year ago I started out with 8-10 mile rides a few times a week then stepped it up to 15-20 miles a month later, and now I am at 30-60 miles rides every weekend with no issues and still using my stock saddle. Its not the bike, its not the saddle, its just you needing to get used to bicycling. You have to put your time in and ride and after a while you should have no discomfort issues.
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