06 October, 2011
5 Things You Need to Know About Avoiding Bike-Saddle Soreness
Fit Your Bike Correctly
Avoiding bike-saddle soreness begins with choosing and adjusting the right bike. When you go shopping for a bike, take it for test ride to make sure it feels right when you are on it. If you already have a bike, then you need to make sure to adjust the bike correctly for your physical dimensions. If the seat position is too high, it can create downward pressure as you ride. If it is too low, you will ride too loosely on the bike and have problems with saddle soreness. Take the bike to your local cycle shop if you are unsure exactly what adjustments you need to make.
Rise Up to Avoid Bike-Saddle Soreness
When you are out riding the roads, make sure to rise up off the bike seat every so often. Too much continuous contact with the seat can attribute to bike-saddle soreness. Wait for a time during the ride where you can safely raise yourself off the bike for about 15 to 30 seconds at a time. Repeat the rise every five to six minutes that you are on the bike.
Pad Your Bottom Line
Make sure that you purchase and wear riding shorts with padding that is specifically designed for bike riding. Some people will just wear their regular workout shorts, and this will increase the chances for bike-saddle soreness. For women, there are shorts that have design features made especially for a women's body structure. So, women shouldn't assume any bike short will work. Seek out cycling shorts that are labeled as women's cycling shorts.
Have a Good Seat
The seat selection is little like "Goldie Locks and the Three Bears," in that if the seat is too big, it will rub and cause irritation. If it is too small, you will move around on the seat too much, so you need to choose a bike seat that is just right for your body type. Try out different bike seats at the local bike shop if you are unsure what size seat you need to avoid bike-saddle soreness.
Clean and Strip
Always wear clean riding shorts during a ride. I know that sometimes there may not be time to wash those shorts, but if you don't, that left over perspiration and dirt in the shorts can irritate the skin and cause saddle soreness. In addition, when you finish a tough ride, don't just sit around in those sweat-soaked shorts. Get out of them, and wash up immediately after a ride. After the wash, be sure to dry off completely. If necessary, you may need to apply an antibacterial cream to the contact area to prevent any potential skin irritation.
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