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Old 05-22-14, 03:33 AM   #1
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Saddle Questions.

Hi everyone, I have come back to Cycling after a period of illness, used to really enjoy it but one thing is ruining it at the moment.
I have only been back on the bike for about a week, and it is KILLING my sit bones. It feels like the are badly bruised whenever I am in the saddle, and is bad enough that at some points I actually can't ride.
I am using the same bike I was using before, I never had a problem then. Do you think it will go of its own accord, as I may need to get used to it again, or do you think I will need a new saddle? I never had this problem before.
Thanks in advance, Conan.
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Old 05-22-14, 07:19 AM   #2
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It may very well be the fit/position of the saddle first. When you are sitting on the bike and the crank arm is at its lowest, your foot should be flat/level on the pedal and your knee only slightly bent. That is proper saddle to pedal height for your inseam.
Next, you want to check the angle of your saddle. It should be perfectly horizontally flat. The two padded areas at the back of the saddle are where your sit bones should be resting while you are riding. Not on the front of the padded area. Try those adjustments first and see if they help. If it doesnt then I have a few more ideas.
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Thanks for the reply Singlespd, I have double checked just incase but my saddle is at the correct height and it is flat, what are your other ideas as I will try them?
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wear a good pair of padded cycling shorts, rotate hips forward to distribute weight more forward to hands, stand when climbing occasionally, if this is mountain biking on trails shift your position around on saddle and lift off seat slightly over the bumpy stuff..all might help some

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Is the saddle one of those super padded gel saddles? Those are the worst for a mountain bike. They will cause chafing and if you are wearing jeans or pants or shorts with heavy seams down the middle of the butt or heavy seams for pockets then it will irritate your backside. Also, if all else fails you can locate a Specialized dealer and have your seat bones measured to make sure you are riding the correct width saddle. For the longest time I was riding 155mm width saddles and could never get comfortable. I had my seat bones measured and it turns out I needed a 143mm. Any 143 that i get now is super comfortable. The less padded the better
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It is just the saddle that come with My giant Revel LTD, I had no problems with it before, but since getting back on it really hurts, I haven't changed saddle position in anyway. I think I will give it another week, if not I will pop to my LBS and have a browse.
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work on your core strength if that has been neglected some due to your illness perhaps - think of your saddle as a point of contact not a seat. I think the more you ride, since nothing else has changed, you'll get stronger and issue might go away. good luck.
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