Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-21-10, 12:32 AM   #1
DisplayERROR
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
DisplayERROR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: California
Bikes: Merckx Corsa Extra (7-11 2007), Leader 722ts, Windsor The Hour
Posts: 68
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Problem with my saddle or just getting used to cycling?

I'm fairly new to riding my fixed gear everyday and i'm starting to notice that it bottom is starting to hurt. The pain is not noticeable when I walk around or when I sit down regularly but if I sit on my bike (Selle Italia Turbo Saddle), the pain comes back. It hurts on the inner bones, close to the "buisness end" haha. Do you guys think this is more of a problem from getting used to the bike or an actual problem with my saddle that should be addressed asap.
DisplayERROR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 12:44 AM   #2
Squirrelli
GONE~
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 6,757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It could be your saddle angle, it could be the saddle; play with the angle of the saddle first. Get another saddle if the your ass is still sore, Turbo's are kind of wide, you could try a slimmer saddle. But saddles are really personal, different asses prefer different saddles.
Squirrelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 02:10 AM   #3
Shortsocks
The road less Taken
 
Shortsocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Dallas TX
Bikes: Litespeed, bianchi pista
Posts: 200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've been cycling regularly for over 18 years im 31...When i used to live in canada back in 98 (Ottowa) I fell off the side a mountain while mountain biking. Broke my arm, two ribs, cracked my melon. Anyway. When I was being x-rayed, the MD on staff asked me if I cycle. I said yea... How do you know?

He showed me my xray of my ass...I had calcium buildup on the inside of my sitbones. I think I'm getting the medical term right?

He showed me a non rider. Very different.

You've got to build a tolerance. It's tough in the beginning. I actually had to be taught how to sit correctly. How the height if your seatpost is actually more important than the saddle. If your seatpost is incorrect then you will have soar ass AND sore hands....
Had to learn how to actually sit on my bone vs my meat...I really don't have any meat. I have no ass.

It's so damned confusing.

Go through a bunch of saddles. See if your LBS has a saddle test program.
Just go out and ride. Take a day break between riding with soreness....

It will get better I promise.

Socks
Shortsocks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 08:43 AM   #4
EssEllSee
Kilo TT
 
EssEllSee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Salt Lake City
Bikes:
Posts: 743
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
That is how my ass was for almost a week. I do think saddles, height, and angles make a huge difference, but you also have to "tough it out" when you are first starting.
EssEllSee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 10:50 AM   #5
dsh
Oh, you know...
 
dsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: DC
Bikes: '74 Schwinn Sports Tourer (Polo), S-Works E5 Team Festina (Chorus 11), Trek 2200 Bonded Carbon (Fixed), Trek 920 (7 speed IGH), Chesini Olimpiade SL (1x7)
Posts: 2,835
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A good way to get the right saddle position is to post a picture of your bike.

People will make fun of you if it's wrong;
"Nice saddle angle"
"Nice seatpost"
"What is that your tri bike?"

etc
dsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 05:35 PM   #6
JesusBananas
Banana-tastic!
 
JesusBananas's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 1,974
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I sort of disagree with the "tough it out" mentality. Yes, it will probably take a little getting used to (assuming angle and placement correct and all that), but it shouldn't hurt a great deal just to sit on the saddle.

I tried riding with my stock road bike saddle for a few weeks but would consistently notice numbness after about 5 miles. Upgraded to a nicer saddle and problem was instantly gone!
JesusBananas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 06:25 PM   #7
Chowbow
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 15
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I started to "tough it out" on my saddle at first too but just realized something wasn't right. Turns out my saddle was just too narrow for my sit bones and I needed something wider. I went to the LBS and got one of their take off saddles for cheap. Worked out much better and the pain is gone. I think it's a bit of both, part toughing it out, and part getting something that fits your body.
Chowbow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 06:49 PM   #8
squeegeesunny 
℞ ♥
 
squeegeesunny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: NNJ
Bikes: I ride FG,SS and old 10 speeds. Nothing else.
Posts: 1,213
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My ass also hurted in the same area when I used my stock Kilo saddle, I upgraded to a Charge Bucket, a Turbo knockoff. I think the stock one was too narrow, because now it doesnt hurt anymore.
__________________



Quote:
Originally Posted by Johhny B View Post
dude u need that trixie tool its the best tool ever it even comes with a bottle opener ! dude all the messengers reccomended it to me and evr since i got it im basically a mechaninc now and all the bike shops want me.
squeegeesunny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-10, 08:49 PM   #9
DisplayERROR
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
DisplayERROR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: California
Bikes: Merckx Corsa Extra (7-11 2007), Leader 722ts, Windsor The Hour
Posts: 68
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well I just made some horizontal adjustments since I find myself shoving back on the saddle and it seems to be a better. Thanks everyone, maybe later i'll check out a LBS if the problem persists.
DisplayERROR is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:16 AM.