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Old 07-26-07, 07:00 PM   #1
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Ouch!

Got back into biking 2 mos. ago after a forty year hiatus! Imagine!
Started with a hybrid bike, upgraded very quickly to yet another hybrid but a bit better. Am now looking at a true road bike.
Purpose for biking: loose weight. Going in a Caribbean cruise in November and I don't want to hurt anyone when I take my shirt off!! The weight is coming off - ever so slowly - but here's the "rub" (pardon the pun):

I can't find any combination of padded pants or a saddle that does not really cause pain in the arse after about thirty miles or so. The rest of me could ride all day if my hinny could hang in there.

I've now have a gel filled saddle and some really good padded shorts. But my tuckus just won't "callous" up!

I figure a real road bike will get me in a better position for longer runs and off my keester.

Any advice out there??
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Old 07-26-07, 07:56 PM   #2
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Hello lp45, check out the Clydesdales/Athenas forum--there's some great motivational stuff over there to keep you on your goal path, and some of the friendliest folks on the board .

A lot of people would recommend ditching the gel-filled saddles, and going for the Brooks--have you ever tried one of those?

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Old 07-27-07, 05:14 AM   #3
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A lot of people would recommend ditching the gel-filled saddles...
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Too much padding in a saddle becomes VERY uncomfortable after about 30 minutes.
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Old 07-27-07, 05:46 AM   #4
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Imagine that. It's actually kind of counter intuitive going for a HARDER saddle with less cush. After all how can this hard, skinny piece of leather/plastic be better than the nice cushy gel filled one? Try one and you'll see.

And 30 miles is quite a distance. Give yourself some time to increase your distance. I'm sure Lance didn't hop on his bike one day and a couple months later was riding for 100 miles averaging 25mph. These things take time. Increase your distance slowly and change the seat (try someone elses?) and you'll be joe six pack in November.

Well maybe not quite that drastic or half the people on here would be underwear models but you'll definitely see the difference by November if you stick with it.

Good Luck and let us know how you did before you go for the cruise
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Old 07-27-07, 06:01 AM   #5
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Brooks Saddles

Wouldn't know a 'Brooks' saddle from a Lazy Boy recliner. That's about what I know about biking at the moment. But thanks for the tip. I'll now begin to look into them.

Tks again
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