saddle and lady bits

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by donnylad, 28 Jul 2012.

  1. donnylad

    donnylad Well-Known Member

    not sure how to approach this little subject,Anyway the wife as a brooks saddle which she loves.
    She only ride to town and back a couple of miles a day and its comfy, now she started doing a
    round about 10 and she says it hurting her lady bits. What to do tilt saddle back or forward and ideas please.:rolleyes:
  2. soulful dog

    soulful dog Senior Member

    She could try either tilting it forward ever so slightly, or it could just be a slight adjustment to move the saddle forward or back. Trial and error, try one to see if it makes any difference and take it from there?
  3. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    Adjusting the saddle may help, it may not.
    The other options are to try a gel saddle or padded pants.
    I don't get on with the pants myself, and I can't afford a new saddle, for now I spend a short while walking like John Wayne after long rides!:ohmy:
    Nigelnaturist and dave r like this.
  4. sidevalve

    sidevalve Über Member

    Ladys saddles do seem to be set slightly more "on the level" than mens which are often a tiny bit nose up, [just a general observation from friends and relations bikes] so try a few slight adjustments and definately + 1 for the padded shorts if she's not already using them.
  5. pepecat

    pepecat Well-Known Member

    Padded shorts definitely help!
    Other than that, fiddle around with the saddle - tilting it up or down, or moving slightly forward or back - and see if that helps. If none of that works she could get a saddle with a cutaway section and see if that helps.
  6. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Brooks saddles 'give' a bit with age and need occasional repositioning for optimal comfort, especially in their eraly lives. After a while they settle down. Just try a little tweaking 'till it comes good again.
  7. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Sadle with a hole (trust me, it works wonders)

    selle italia shiver -X-
  8. Sara_H

    Sara_H Guru

    If I'm doing more than 10 miles I wear padded pants.

    Even when doing only short journeys I try to wear seamless pants, nothing worse than a seam on your lady bits!
  9. OP

    donnylad Well-Known Member

    thank you for your replays think she going to try padded shorts, thank again for everyones help:bicycle:
  10. lulubel

    lulubel Über Member

    Malaga, Spain
    Make sure she gets shorts with a decent size pad. The pad needs to come down the insides of her thighs a bit, or it will scrunch up as she pedals and make the problem worse.

    I take it the Brooks saddle hasn't got a cutaway section or at least a groove in the middle. I find that's a must for me if I'm going to be on the bike longer than a few minutes.

    Other than that, if she needs to replace the saddle, be wary of anything too soft. The weight needs to be on her sit bones, and if her sit bones sink in too much, the pressure will be shifted to more sensitive areas.
  11. MissTillyFlop

    MissTillyFlop Evil communist dictator, lover of gerbils & Pope.

    Don't tilt the saddle, I did that and I ended up with blisters in "places".

    Get some decent padded shorts and some chamois cream and sitting on an ice pack when she's done.
  12. KateK

    KateK Well-Known Member

    I had that problem with an old Raleigh saddle and now have a specialised racing saddle with a cutaway and use womens shorts. that's been fine..... till today... it's a gel saddle so not sure if it's compacting after about 1000 miles. Hope not. Was enjoying the pain free life. Maybe because I'm using the hoods more, though I was using the drops quite a bit and that seemed fine. ah well. Tilting doesn't work because if it's forwards then you slip forwards and take too much weight on your arms: sore wrists and worn out legs; if you tip it back then as the lady above says the nose does for your "places"
  13. rodgy-dodge

    rodgy-dodge An Exceptional Member

    I messed around for years with different saddles I found buying a skinner saddle was more comfortable, sometimes don't even wear padded shorts. The one I have is a WTB something likethis
  14. Brommyboy

    Brommyboy Über Member

    Is that a lady's Brooks she uses? They are shorter and wider and more suited to supporting the female pelvis than the longer, narrower Gent's model.
  15. lulubel

    lulubel Über Member

    Malaga, Spain
    The Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow isn't the cure for all ills for everyone. For me, that would be an instrument of torture.
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