- Girlfriend in agony after bike rides , any simple solutions….
The girlfriend is coming back from bikes rides in agony down below , it doesn’t matter if she’s on her mtb or road bike, she has tried various saddles and shorts and hasn’t really found any better than others, she only does 2 hour rides but she suffers from about 1/2 hr..Posted 4 years ago
Anything else we can try , just for info she is very skinny …
Girlfriend in agony after bike rides , any simple solutions….
Or perhaps, and a more helpful suggestion, higher rise / shorter stem to raise the bars at bit so she’s not leant too far forward on the delicate stuff?
Hope she can get it sorted, must make it pretty miserable….Posted 4 years agopolyMember
Fitting is at least as important as the saddle itself. A really good bike shop should be able to spend time (for £) getting her set up right. If she’s in central scotland then I know a few ladies who report positive outcomes from similar issues using Hooked-on Cycling.
I think its also worth mentioning Chamois Cream (there is a new “female specific brand”) and that this needs to be applied liberally. Anecdotal reports would also suggest that degree and method of trimming may have an impact.Posted 4 years agoampthillSubscriber
I haven’t read all this sorry
But a female facebook freind said in the end it was bike fit not saddle fit
being to upright with no weight on her arms
Going from a Hybrid to a road bike solved the problem
Having had a saddle problem myself recently I ‘d say load through seat bonesPosted 4 years agosamejMembercinnamon_girlSubscriber
I don’t believe that it’s as simple as changing a saddle. Saddle and padded shorts need to work together. Some shorts have ridiculous amounts of padding and reckon that this can cause discomfort if the saddle isn’t right.
My personal preference is for a leather saddle that ‘gives’ and has a cut-away shape. I’ve found that a minimalist saddle together with minimalist padding is the most comfy.
Obviously the angle of the saddle needs checking but it would be a good idea to check the set-up ie bar height and needing more/less spacers, does saddle need moving forwards/backwards. Is she actually sitting when she should be out of the saddle?Posted 4 years agoemszMember
If she’s using a saddle with a cut out make sure it’s in the right place! They all seem a bit far back for me, and I think it put extra pressure on the front of my bits until i got rid of the one I had. I think it’s trail and error though, I’ve just moved my saddle around until I found a place where it was best. And the right saddle makes a massive difference as well. I can use SDG, but the best ever is my Cannondale Raven (which I don’t think you can get any more.)
Endura make the best shorts for me, (narrow hips), but a pad that bunches up in the front can make it worse.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Saddle down a degree, bars closer and higher. Abstinence.
Saddle choice is important, but fitting more so. Is her saddle too far back? Ladies need to take more weight through their legs when pedalling to relieve pressure. A saddle mounted with knee over pedal at 90 degrees is a good start.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
Is her saddle too far back? Ladies need to take more weight through their legs when pedalling to relieve pressure. A saddle mounted with knee over pedal at 90 degrees is a good start.
With respect, I’d expect this is more likely to be part of the problem. Can you expect someone to take more weight through the legs when pedalling, as the legs will tire while riding? Suitability of bike fit and saddle are more likely to do the job. KOPs isn’t really a starting point for good bike fit, more of a coincidental outcome or a basic guide for men on 73 parallel racing bikes.
She may well be tipping forwards too much. As someone said earlier, start with a more rearward saddle to get her weight back, more likely to give a neutral balance on the bike for comfort. Weight back via saddle position will mean she can raise the bar or bring it back (or both) without affecting her balance much, so the sitting position can be adjusted to be more comfortable.Posted 4 years ago
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