Cycling is a PITA

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by nrosko, 15 Jan 2018.

  1. OP
    OP
    nrosko

    nrosko Regular

    Thanks for all the comments.
    Pretty much turbo trainer only atm. Going by most of the comments i should maybe mix it up, maybe i could throw some running in & just wait till it gets used to it & accept it take time.

    I guess it's just frustrating as i feel like i have the motivation to get on it daily. I will probably get some new tights or shorts as i don't really have enough anyway. Would people recommend going for tights rather than shorts if your maybe not in such good shape? The bands on the base of shorts aren't the most flattering.
     
  2. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Why not mix it up with some outdoor cycling? It's not that cold if you have the right clothing. Unless you live in Minnesota

    If using the TT spend some time every few minutes riding out of the saddle
     
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  3. I take it you are going commando (no underwear) and not sitting about in the shorts post session but as others have said things will toughen up fit can make a massive difference if your current fit is causing you to move about.

    Bibs are my choice but there isn't much difference pad wise however the bibs will ensure the position of the pad is more constant if you are moving about. The big difference for comfort is round the waist where you have an elasticated waist potentially digging in.
     
  4. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Location:
    London
    I've never ever felt the need to wear specific clothing just for riding a bike. That means 99% of the time wearing an old pair of jeans or poly cotton work trousers. Real riding is different from turbo trainer use, as in real life a rider will move differently and get their weight off the saddle and put their feet down etc when stopped. I don't think there's much relationship between saddle comfort and price either, if you leave Brooks leather ones out of the equation. One of my bikes came with a Selle Royal that I think the previous owner fitted as an upgrade, a wider version for those with a larger posterior - which I don't have. I don't find it especially comfortable, so as an experiment I swapped it for a low-budget MTB saddle taken from a scrap BSO I happened to have spare. That fits me much better than the more expensive one.
     
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  5. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    Your saddle is still too low IMO, with your heel on the pedal your leg should be straight. This allows for a slight bend when the ball of your foot is on the pedal.
     
  6. OP
    OP
    nrosko

    nrosko Regular

    ok i will check this, i'm going over it all again tonight.
     
  7. OP
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    nrosko

    nrosko Regular

    At the weekends i will unless it looks slippy or too grim, its very dark after work & don't fancy riding at night. I will try & get out of the saddle a bit more as well.
     
  8. boydj

    boydj Veteran

    Location:
    Paisley
    It could be your bars are actually too high. Your arms should be bearing some of your weight, so that it's not all going through the saddle. This may seem a bit awkward to a beginner, so you should start with the bars level with or just below saddle height, then drop it gradually as you build up some core strength and get used to the position.
     
  9. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Only enough weight to stabilise the steering should go through the arms else you'll trash your wrists in short order. That's why building up core muscles is important for leant- forwards positions, to keep weight off the wrists.
     
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  10. OP
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    nrosko

    nrosko Regular

    I really don't think it's the setup, i checked the hight again & its fine. Managed 10 miles & was starting to hurt around 10, i'll use that as a marker & see i progress.
     
  11. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    I'd say that's actually not bad going when you're just starting - and you could progress pretty well from there.

    One other thing worth checking if you're happy with your saddle height is its angle. I got a bike back recently that I'd lent to someone for a day, and my first ride on it afterwards hurt my bum a bit - I hadn't realised he'd angled it up a fraction.
     
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  12. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    Bike fit is definitely worth seeing someone about, if you can afford it.

    Separately though and despite professional fitting, it took me a few years (!) to realise how to sit in the saddle properly, resting on your sit bones. World of difference.
     
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  13. boydj

    boydj Veteran

    Location:
    Paisley
    Depends to some extent on the type of bike and the saddle to bars drop. I'm using road bikes with about 4" drop from saddle to the bar tops. I've never had a problem with my wrists and I would guess that something like 10% to 15% of my weight is going through my arms. MY core strength is pretty good, though, for my age, which is why I can outdrive most of my golf partners.
     
  14. Your comfort on the bike depends on a lot of things, but regarding saddles, it’s a very individual thing. Generally speaking, from a purely cushioning point of view the more ‘natural padding’ you carry, the less padding you’re likely to need in the shorts / saddle, in fact a more ‘padded’ rider, will actually cause more problems with saddle / short over padding than they solve. If you’re ‘bony arsed’ more shorts / saddle padding will be more advantageous. It’s a spectrum you find yourself on, so to speak. The size and profile of the saddle are also important, it’s trial and error as far as that goes.
     
  15. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    I am and it's not. I still want the right padding in the right places, not more padding.
     
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