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Old 11-14-08, 09:34 AM
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Trainer butt

Ever notice how your saddle doesn't seem as comfy on the trainer as it does on the road. Ugg, I hate that! Riding on the trainer this week I was reminded of this again. It sucks because my bottom is giving out way before my legs. Stupid winter! I guess if I want to train on the road bike, I'm going to have to get used to it again this winter.
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Old 11-14-08, 11:01 AM
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I don't seem to have that same problem. I use rollers instead of a solid trainer if that makes any difference. I did a quick 20 miles on my rollers yesterday. One hour in the saddle wasn't too bad, but my thighs were felling it.
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Old 11-14-08, 11:41 AM
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I notice the same. I think it's because I don't really get out of the saddle much when I'm on the trainer. I tend to just crank away seated.

Although I have this itch to take my bike outside tonight. Dang daylight savings kinda sucks
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Old 11-14-08, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by B Piddy View Post
I notice the same. I think it's because I don't really get out of the saddle much when I'm on the trainer. I tend to just crank away seated.

Although I have this itch to take my bike outside tonight. Dang daylight savings kinda sucks
I agree, they don't call these things stationary for nothing. And not just standing, your weight tends to shift around more on outdoor rides. For instance every time you turn a bend, your weight will automatically lighten on one side. Another thing is the bike itself isn't locked into a straight forward position like it is on the trainer. It will slightly rock side to side with every pedal stroke. You might not notice it, but it just naturally happens. Going up, and down hills also shifts your weight around.

Trainer Butt does suck though when you first get back on these things. It will fade, but it takes some hours to do so. I'm about 98% over my butt getting sore while spinning. Only really start feeling it about the time I hit the cool down cycle.

One part of almost every trainer session I do requires standing for 30 second intervals x 5 sets with 30 seconds easy spin between sets.

1st set: Big ring up front / 15 T in back
2nd set: Big ring / 12 T
3rd set: Big ring / 21 T
4th set; Small (or middle on triples) / 15
5th set: Big ring / 15 T

Sets 3 & 4 are the hardest, because you basically have to run on the pedals to keep a smooth cadence.

Try it & see what you think,

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Old 11-15-08, 12:33 AM
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I was just discussing this the other day. I am new to biking and learning as I go. I have noticed with my back issues that riding has improved the strength of the "stabilizing" muscles in my back. I assume from the very side to side motion and weight shifting that riding entails. Well, since I have not been riding outdoors for the last month or so I have noticed more pain and muscle spasms in my back. I chalked it up to the reduced riding, but I have been on the trainer. I think now that the stationary trainers do not exercise the muscles the same as free riding. I guess I'll be looking into a roller setup, any suggestions?

Not only will the rollers more closely match actual riding but it will allow me to break in the new Brooks I am think about buying myself for Christmas. Also, I hope it might reduce the insane boredom I have on the stationary.

I hope your pain goes away soon.
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Old 11-17-08, 10:13 AM
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I'd like to get some rollers someday. I just have to many irons in the fire right now.
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Just thinking about the physics of this situation I think is the problem. On a stationary bike the frame is held rigid and any rocking motion you have is taking place on the seat. On rollers and outdoors the frame is allowed to move from side to side a bit so there isn't as much movement across the seat. I would try two things one is double check my seat height to make sure I'm not rocking across the saddle and try to hold my hips level while I pedal. The second test would be to pedal with only one leg at a time. This would help the pedal stroke, but also would eliminate the rocking from side to side. FWIW.
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I lent my trainer to my cousin and just keep riding outside during winter. No trainer butt for me.
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Asked for & got for Xmas a couple of years back a rowing machine. I'll switch back & forth as much to relieve the boredom as the soreness. Get to work out a whole newset of muscles.
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