Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fifty Plus (50+)
Reload this Page >

The ultimate solution to saddle soreness

Notices
Fifty Plus (50+) Share the victories, challenges, successes and special concerns of bicyclists 50 and older. Especially useful for those entering or reentering bicycling.

The ultimate solution to saddle soreness

Old 10-23-13, 05:21 PM
  #1  
Dan Burkhart 
Senior member
Thread Starter
 
Dan Burkhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 7,674
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 732 Post(s)
Liked 260 Times in 159 Posts
The ultimate solution to saddle soreness

It's so simple, I can't believe nobody thought of it until now. the solution? Why, eliminate the saddle entirely.


Just throw in a conventional drive train and, viola.
Dan Burkhart is offline  
Old 10-23-13, 07:18 PM
  #2  
tcs
Palmer
 
tcs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 6,443

Bikes: 1980 Mike Melton, 1982 Stumpjumper, 1982 Santana, 1984 Alex Moulton AM, 2008 BikeFriday tikit T-11, 2010 Dawes Briercliffe, 2017 Dahon Curl i5, 2019 Surly DT14

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 799 Post(s)
Liked 278 Times in 188 Posts
Saw a woman out on one of these the other day. Looked kinda fun, but she was all over the road, weaving back and forth. I'd hate to meet her on a MUP.
tcs is offline  
Old 10-23-13, 07:30 PM
  #3  
on the path
Seor Blues
 
on the path's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: upstate NY
Posts: 1,598

Bikes: Cannondale CAAD 10, Breezer Venturi Custom Build, IRO Singlespeed

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 127 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 6 Posts
"It's unclear how the prototype is an improvement over conventional bicycles." Indeed..
on the path is offline  
Old 10-23-13, 07:43 PM
  #4  
Dan Burkhart 
Senior member
Thread Starter
 
Dan Burkhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 7,674
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 732 Post(s)
Liked 260 Times in 159 Posts
Originally Posted by tcs View Post
Saw a woman out on one of these the other day. Looked kinda fun, but she was all over the road, weaving back and forth. I'd hate to meet her on a MUP.
I've seen a similar unit on two wheels which I think would be preferable. The three wheels rob you of the ability to lean in the turns I would think.
I've ridden upright tricycles, and they scare me in turns.
Dan Burkhart is offline  
Old 10-23-13, 07:47 PM
  #5  
Kotts
Recreational Commuter
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 1,023

Bikes: One brand-less build-up, and a Connondale Synapse Carbon Ultegra Disc. A nicer bike than I need, but it was a good deal, so... ;-)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
I can see a whole lot of chafing from those straps...in places I don't wanna be chafed.
Kotts is offline  
Old 10-23-13, 08:11 PM
  #6  
BluesDawg
just keep riding
 
BluesDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Posts: 13,560

Bikes: 2018 Black Mountain Cycles MCD,2017 Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar, 2017 Niner Jet 9 Alloy, 2015 Zukas custom road, 2003 KHS Milano Tandem, 1986 Nishiki Cadence rigid MTB, 1980ish Fuji S-12S

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 173 Post(s)
Liked 26 Times in 16 Posts
or not
BluesDawg is offline  
Old 10-23-13, 08:52 PM
  #7  
DX-MAN
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,788
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by tcs View Post
Saw a woman out on one of these the other day. Looked kinda fun, but she was all over the road, weaving back and forth. I'd hate to meet her on a MUP.
*I* met the one I saw on the MUP! It wasn't an issue, because I was so dumbfounded, I STOPPED.
DX-MAN is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 05:54 AM
  #8  
jolly_ross
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 621
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This has the advantages of a microscooter - and one or two significant disadvantages. Best disregarded.
jolly_ross is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 07:02 AM
  #9  
okane
Senior Member
 
okane's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 1,039
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
What would you do if you flatted a shoe? Shoe patch kit or a pair of spares I guess!
okane is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 07:06 AM
  #10  
rydabent
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Posts: 8,915

Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Tour II

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2310 Post(s)
Liked 608 Times in 364 Posts
There has been a great solution to saddle soreness for years---------recumbent bikes and trikes.
rydabent is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 07:15 AM
  #11  
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,586

Bikes: 2017 Colnago C-RS, 2012 Colnago Ace, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 406 Post(s)
Liked 120 Times in 84 Posts
All these contraptions on the market and you can still get the same health results riding a bike.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2017 Colnago C-RS
2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress
John_V is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 10:10 AM
  #12  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 5,727
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1682 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 737 Times in 454 Posts
But you might prefer the saddle sores if you crash on it and break your neck.
woodcraft is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 11:08 AM
  #13  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 11,756

Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, Catrike Speed

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1240 Post(s)
Liked 357 Times in 236 Posts
I'm continually amazed by the lengths that people will go to avoid riding a recumbent. In this case, hanging from straps?
BlazingPedals is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 06:05 PM
  #14  
JohnDThompson 
Old fart
 
JohnDThompson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Appleton WI
Posts: 22,396

Bikes: Several, mostly not name brands.

Mentioned: 131 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2514 Post(s)
Liked 1,077 Times in 694 Posts
Originally Posted by okane View Post
What would you do if you flatted a shoe? Shoe patch kit or a pair of spares I guess!
Slime socks, FTW!
JohnDThompson is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 06:16 PM
  #15  
Biker395 
Seat Sniffer
 
Biker395's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 5,170

Bikes: 2008 Scott CR1 Pro; 2006 Schwinn Fastback Pro and 1996 Colnago Decor Super C96; 2003 Univega Alpina 700; 2000 Schwinn Super Sport

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 741 Post(s)
Liked 648 Times in 266 Posts
Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
*I* met the one I saw on the MUP! It wasn't an issue, because I was so dumbfounded, I STOPPED.
See one of those everyday.

What's worse (in terms of being all over the road) are those pedalless cycles that are propulsed by steering left and right. I couldn't find an image of what I'm talking about, but oy ... what a bad idea.
__________________
Proud parent of a happy inner child ...

Biker395 is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 06:52 PM
  #16  
Daspydyr 
Pedals, Paddles and Poles
 
Daspydyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Vegas Valley, NV
Posts: 5,495

Bikes: Santa Cruz Tallboy, Ridley Noah, Scott Spark 20

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1218 Post(s)
Liked 69 Times in 58 Posts
I think I can take em on a 2% grade! Its merely a scooter with bad posture!
__________________
I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.
Daspydyr is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 07:07 PM
  #17  
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Posts: 1,630

Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 17 Posts
As with the others, I don't think replacing saddle sores with the problems of straps digging into your most sensitive bits, is an improvement. Also, I dare these modern dandy-horse users to keep up with a pedal-powered person on level or uphill ground.
David Bierbaum is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 07:26 PM
  #18  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 11,756

Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, Catrike Speed

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1240 Post(s)
Liked 357 Times in 236 Posts
Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
What's worse (in terms of being all over the road) are those pedalless cycles that are propulsed by steering left and right. I couldn't find an image of what I'm talking about, but oy ... what a bad idea.
You're referring to a Trikke? Those things are just plain trail hogs.

BlazingPedals is offline  
Old 10-24-13, 08:08 PM
  #19  
Biker395 
Seat Sniffer
 
Biker395's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SoCal
Posts: 5,170

Bikes: 2008 Scott CR1 Pro; 2006 Schwinn Fastback Pro and 1996 Colnago Decor Super C96; 2003 Univega Alpina 700; 2000 Schwinn Super Sport

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 741 Post(s)
Liked 648 Times in 266 Posts
Yup. That'd be them. In California at least, they do not fit the legal definition of a bicycle, and are not permitted on bike paths ... not that it stops anyone.
__________________
Proud parent of a happy inner child ...

Biker395 is offline  
Old 10-25-13, 07:00 AM
  #20  
Myosmith
Lover of Old Chrome Moly
 
Myosmith's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NW Minnesota
Posts: 2,949
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 142 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 20 Times in 15 Posts
I wouldn't trade my bike for one, but those Street Striders look like a lot of fun. Whole lot better than spending an hour on the elliptical trainer at the gym.
Myosmith is offline  
Old 10-25-13, 07:25 AM
  #21  
John_V 
Senior Member
 
John_V's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 5,586

Bikes: 2017 Colnago C-RS, 2012 Colnago Ace, 2010 Giant Cypress hybrid

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 406 Post(s)
Liked 120 Times in 84 Posts
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
You're referring to a Trikke? Those things are just plain trail hogs.

There is a group that have these and they come out to the MUP I ride at and are most often there on the weekends. That's also when the local cycling clubs and bike shop riders are there. They absolutely hate these things because they cause them to slow down their pacelines since they are so hard to pass with them weaving across the path, especially when there are several of them. Personally, I don't mind them unless there are more than two. Then they have to ride offset to keep from running into one another and it really does make it hard to get around them, especially when you're on a bike path that has a bridge going over a major highway.
__________________
HCFR Cycling Team
Ride Safe ... Ride Hard ... Ride Daily

2017 Colnago C-RS
2012 Colnago Ace
2010 Giant Cypress
John_V is offline  
Old 10-25-13, 07:49 AM
  #22  
David Bierbaum
Senior Member
 
David Bierbaum's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: St. Louis Metro East area
Posts: 1,630

Bikes: 1992 Specialized Crossroads (red)

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 17 Posts
I am trying to imagine the sanity of trying to have a paceline on a MUP. ANY MUP.

My imagination is failing.
David Bierbaum is offline  
Old 10-25-13, 10:39 AM
  #23  
genejockey
Klaatu..Verata..Necktie?
 
genejockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 4,659

Bikes: Canyon Endurace, 105; Battaglin MAX, Chorus; Bianchi 928 Veloce; Ritchey Road Logic, Dura Ace; Cannondale R500 RX100, Schwinn Circuit, Sante

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2165 Post(s)
Liked 2,140 Times in 1,091 Posts
Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
See one of those everyday.

What's worse (in terms of being all over the road) are those pedalless cycles that are propulsed by steering left and right. I couldn't find an image of what I'm talking about, but oy ... what a bad idea.
Yep. Saw one on my ride last Sunday. Going up a not-so-steep grade, the dang thing was swinging in 6' arcs, just to go walking speed. I had to go out into the middle of the traffic lane to pass, and this is on a road with a really wide bike lane.
genejockey is offline  
Old 10-25-13, 10:42 AM
  #24  
genejockey
Klaatu..Verata..Necktie?
 
genejockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 4,659

Bikes: Canyon Endurace, 105; Battaglin MAX, Chorus; Bianchi 928 Veloce; Ritchey Road Logic, Dura Ace; Cannondale R500 RX100, Schwinn Circuit, Sante

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2165 Post(s)
Liked 2,140 Times in 1,091 Posts
So, why are there so many alternatives to bikes that don't work as well as bikes in just about any way, yet they keep appearing?
genejockey is offline  
Old 10-25-13, 10:47 AM
  #25  
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Posts: 11,756

Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, Catrike Speed

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1240 Post(s)
Liked 357 Times in 236 Posts
Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
So, why are there so many alternatives to bikes that don't work as well as bikes in just about any way, yet they keep appearing?
Think of them all as exercise machines. Not everyone out there wants to ride a bike.
BlazingPedals is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.