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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-02-14, 03:12 PM   #1
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Some advice for a newbie

hi guys,

I just bought myself the Carrera Subway Hybrid Bike a couple of weeks ago. I have been using it on a volaire elite turbo trainer doing 3 x 20 mins sessions totaling about 20 miles per day but the seat is absolutely killing my bottom. I have bought an extendable stem for my handle bars as i felt i was leaning too far over and was putting pressure on my arms and also tried a new seat with extra padding and suspension but nothing has helped , i have adjusted the seat backwards/forwards and angled it up/down, i have even followed loads of tutorials online on how to adjust your bike and get everything spot on but the seat is still destroying my bum does anyone have any ideas on what could be the problem or could someone tell me where i am going wrong. I am at my wits end and dont know what i can do now as i have tried everything. Im sure it is the seat that is causing the problem just not sure whether to try another new seat or a pair of padded shorts.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-02-14, 06:19 PM   #2
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First off it takes time for the bum to get use to any saddle. A couple of things that jump out at me are when you say your saddle has "extra padding" this can lead to problems in that the "extra padding" rubs on you. You don't need a rock hard saddle but less padding may help.

If you are riding one hour a day every day you might want to take break. It takes awhile for your body to heal.

good luck and remember it is a journey and two weeks is only a start.

Note: Based on your screen name, you aren't riding in a Kilt are you? That could be the root of the problem.
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Do short rides like 5 miles.

Soak in a hot soapy water each night for ten minutes.
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Also padded cycling shorts are a big help :-).

"Miles" on a trainer are also pretty much meaningless for comparison to the real world, most new folks myself included cannot cover 20 miles in one hour (yet).
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1) bike shorts

2) when you're riding outside, you tend to stand up from time to time, or you have to stop for a light, or what have you. You're giving your butt a break. You probably aren't giving your kiester any relief while riding the trainer. I can't tell if your 60 min. are all in a row or if you get off between 20 min. segments but don't forget to lift your butt off the seat from time to time.

3) Your saddle should not be the deeply cushioned, fluffy variety. Road saddles, and even for the style bike you're riding, should be firm and supportive.

4) Consider having a shop near you evaluate your riding position to make sure you're set up correctly.
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