Finding a Comfortable Bike Seat
Long rides making your rear-end sore? It should go away after riding for some time. If not, here are some tips to finding a more comfortable bike seat.
By Dave Glowacz
Whether you are buying your first bicycle, your twentieth bicycle, or you’re getting your old bike out of storage, Dave Glowacz provides the tips for riders of all ages and levels of experience in Urban Bikers’ Tricks and Tips (Wordspace Press, 2010). This excerpt, which explains the ways to get rid of riding soreness and choosing a better, more comfortable seat, is from Chapter 1, “Choosing a Bike.”
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Sore Butt from Biking
If you haven't bicycled in a while, expect to get a sore butt or crotch or chafed thighs. After you've ridden regularly, chafing or soreness should go away.
If Soreness Doesn't Stop
|1. Check the seat height and tilt (see Making Your Current Bike Fit You: Adjusting Your Bike Seat).
2. Try a different seat
Clockwise from top right corner:
3. Use padded or seamless cycling shorts with no underwear.
4. Wear low-friction cycling briefs. (Seams in regular underwear cause friction.)
5. If friction persists (especially for women):
6. For rashes, infections, or excessive discharges:
Danger: The widest and softest seats give your butt the most comfort. But if the seat's too wide, it'll rub the inside of your thighs. And if it's too soft your hips might rock—making your thighs chafe.
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This excerpt has been reprinted with Permission from Urban Bikers’ Tricks and Tips by Dave Glowacz and published by Wordspace Press, 2010. Buy this book from our store: Urban Bikers’ Tricks and Tips.