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Old 01-01-18, 01:35 AM
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Seat is killing taint area

I did a 100 mile bike ride 3 months ago on a borrowed bike and my crotch wasn't hurting until about 70 miles in. I bought a new bike for myself and after only 10 minutes of riding the seat it killing me. I've tried all sorts of different positions and it's a very high quality seat. What is going on?
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Old 01-01-18, 03:16 AM
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A) What makes you think it is a high quality saddle?

B) Even if it is a high quality saddle, if it is not the right shape for you, it will hurt.

C) Have you checked the fit of your bicycle?
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Old 01-01-18, 03:22 AM
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Your butt can’t read labels.
It doesn’t care about bling value.
A saddle with the wrong shape for you will hurt no matter what.
You rode 3 months ago, then what?
If I stayed off the bike for 3 months, My first rides would hurt too.
Then there are all the finer points of saddle and bike adjustment, that also can have a big impact.
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Old 01-01-18, 03:56 AM
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Listen to your body. It will tell you what the problem is. If it's time, if it's the seat, where, whatever.
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Old 01-01-18, 04:55 AM
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Hi, welcome to the site,

Be sure to visit the fit subforum to learn about setting you seat variables (height, front/rear, tilt).
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Old 01-01-18, 07:26 AM
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You may have to give up and get a 'bent!
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Old 01-01-18, 08:14 AM
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Check with the shops in your area and see if they provide a saddle loaner program. If so, you can try several different saddles to see which one is right for you. Unfortunately, saddles are not "a one size fits all" item. You can check on the forums to see what saddles are popular with other riders, but that really means nothing since what may be a fantastic saddle for them may turn out to be the worst thing you've ever sat on. However, it doesn't mean you shouldn't try them if they are on the shop's loaner list. I almost gave up cycling because I listened to the majority of forum users who raved about the Brooks B17. I bought one and it turned out to be total agony, no matter what I did to it. Great for them, terrible for me.
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Old 01-01-18, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
You may have to give up and get a 'bent!
Are you related to rideabent?
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Originally Posted by John_V View Post
Are you related to rideabent?
Are you saying there might just be another highly intelligent person that realizes that the seat on a 1890 invention actually does cause pain? Rather good looking too!
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Old 01-01-18, 10:12 AM
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A man doesn't have a taint.
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Old 01-01-18, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
A man doesn't have a taint.
Has the OP been sexed yet?
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Old 01-01-18, 11:09 AM
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Old 01-01-18, 01:31 PM
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Last troll time wasting post of 2017?






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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
A man doesn't have a taint.
Technically true, but there is "real estate" analogous to the same area in both sexes.
Let's leave it at that, shall we?
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Old 01-02-18, 05:56 AM
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+1 on bike fit. Trying "all sorts of different positions" is not the same as a good fitting. There are lots of guidelines, including those in the fitting forum, to get you in the ballpark but fit is a very individualized thing. Ride, listen to your body, make small tweeks in saddle and handlebar positions until you get the fit tuned in.

+1 that "high quality (see also expensive)" is not a guarantee of comfort in a saddle. I find that the mid-range Specialized Avatar works well for me but counterintuitively, the low-end Trek SSR (that I bought out of the bargain bin for $5) that I have on my beater MTB is quite comfortable even after several hours of trail riding. But that's me, the same might not work for another rider.

The OP didn't further explain "killing me" which could be anything from tailbone pain, to chaffing, to saddle sores. The location and type of pain/discomfort are a big help in diagnosing the issue. I don't know if the OP is even following this thread still, but for any newbies who come across it, I recommend avoiding cushy "comfort" saddles or overly padded cycling shorts/bibs. A proper saddle fit with firm support of the sitbones (ischial tuberosities) is superior to excessive layers of gel or foam. A thin but well-designed chamois is also preferable to a wad of padding pushing on your soft parts. With good bike fit and an appropriate saddle, it is possible to ride for extended periods without a chamois but with appropriate underwear such as trunk style, tech fabric underwear with flat seams (no cotton tidy whities).

Some riders find additional comfort from various concoctions of chamois grease. For me, a thin application to potential friction spots (which are minimal with good fit, saddle and chamois) is all that is needed. I find claims that a rider must slather on a thick layer to find comfort highly suspect for other problems.

To each his/her own but I find that a "bent" is a great way to see America one wheel well and door handle at a time . No thanks. I'll keep my diamond frames which have been extremely comfortable for tens of thousands of miles, including many long rides (up to 8+ hours) in non-cycling specific clothing.
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Originally Posted by Scarbo View Post
Has the OP been sexed yet?
Doesn't matter. Just providing edification to those not in the know. So many of these threads end up with acknowledged men talking abut their taints.

BTW...OP joins and then, the same day (New Year's day), makes a first post about the crotch. Things that make you go "Hmmmmm...."
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Doesn't matter. Just providing edification to those not in the know. So many of these threads end up with acknowledged men talking abut their taints.

BTW...OP joins and then, the same day (New Year's day), makes a first post about the crotch. Things that make you go "Hmmmmm...."
Thank you for the clarification.

Yes, it is always amusing to regard the earnestness with which these types of postings are engaged.
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Are you saying there might just be another highly intelligent person that realizes that the seat on a 1890 invention actually does cause pain? Rather good looking too!
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Old 01-03-18, 11:25 AM
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Keep your hips upright, bend your lower. back, saddle level,

may not want to take on a century ride with someone else's bike again..


or perhaps keep the rides shorter, lunch longer...





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Originally Posted by GrungeIsDead View Post
I bought a new bike for myself and after only 10 minutes of riding the seat it killing me. I've tried all sorts of different positions and it's a very high quality seat. What is going on?
Get a saddle fitting at a good LBS where they measure the width of your sit bones, probably using a special memory foam strip, like I had done, and try several saddles (in store on a trainer) designed for that width. 2 weeks after getting a properly fitted saddle (Specialized S-Works Power Saddle), I did a solo 24 hour ride of 326 miles, and my butt could've easily gone longer, but I was tired.

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Old 01-05-18, 11:09 PM
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lol, i'm not a man
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Old 01-05-18, 11:17 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, and all the hilarious remarks. Maybe taint was too confusing, **** and ass? I'm i bit new to biking, it's been more of a way to spend my free time before now. The type of seat was a recommendation from a friend. But everything people have been saying about custom fitting a seat makes so much sense and i don't know why i didn't think about trying before buying. It seems to be putting pressure right on my butt bones, so i think i'll start looking into a more custom fit. I appreciate all the insight, thanks!
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Old 01-06-18, 04:42 PM
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Say it "taint so"!
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just too much riding

shorter rides and stand up a lot
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