Very Saddle Sore

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Irishrich, 14 Aug 2012.

  1. Irishrich

    Irishrich Senior Member

    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    I've had my new/first road bike for 2 weeks and have taken advice about what kit is essential and the correct clothing to wear however I can't seem to get rid of the pain that comes from being on the saddle even after a very short ride of 10 miles or less. I usually clock up 20-25 miles each ride on my Specialized Secteur road bike but I'm dreading going out anymore this week as it's just too painful. I have padded shorts but they don't seem to be having a very big impact on comfort in the saddle.

    Firstly, is it my position on the saddle as I can sometimes slide forward after a few miles and have to keep pushing myself back on the saddle or secondly, is it because I won't get used to such a firm saddle? Any help is much appreciated as it's really affecting my desire to go out riding and I love my bike.
     
  2. Cheshire Celt

    Cheshire Celt Legend

    Location:
    Alsager
    It's taken me about 6 weeks to get my butt used to the saddle
     
  3. Fubar

    Fubar Guru

    Have you tried adjusting the height/tilt of the saddle? Can make a big difference. otherwise you may need to rest "it" for a few days and give it another go, generally if I'm off the bike for any length of time the first time back I am sore for a few days - bit of rest and the next ride is not so bad.
     
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  4. daSmirnov

    daSmirnov Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Horsham, UK
    If you're finding yourself sliding forward, angle the saddle nose up a notch or two.

    How many rides have you done? It isn't unusual for the first few rides on a saddle to be a tad uncomfortable.
     
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  5. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    It'll take a few weeks for your arse to harden up, but its worth checking your bike set up, sounds from your description that your saddle might be a bit nose down, start with the saddle level and make any small adjustments you need to make yourself comfortable.


    http://www.caree.org/bike101bikefit.htm
     
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  6. hero of valour

    hero of valour Well-Known Member

    i have a secteur and i changed my seat to my old one and it got a tad better. i rub a generous amount of sudocrem on the sore area/s and its been fine since....i think you just need to break it in and get some cream!
     
  7. OP
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    Irishrich

    Irishrich Senior Member

    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    I have done about 4 rides per week, so thats 8 in total, averaging about 20 miles a time. Pain seems to be getting worse so maybe i need to rest it for a day or two.
     
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    Irishrich

    Irishrich Senior Member

    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    I ordered assos chamois tonight so I hope that'll help but will crack out the sudocrem until then.
     
  9. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    Location:
    Bristol
    When I bought my last bike the saddle it arrived with just didn't work for me, and I was used to riding regularly. I ended up temporarily moving the saddle off my old bike onto the new until I could get a replacement. However by that stage I had quite a tender backside which needed a week off the bike to recover.

    What I'm trying to say is sometimes it isn't just a case of getting used to a saddle and that you might need to give it a break for a short while.
     
  10. T.M.H.N.E.T

    T.M.H.N.E.T Disc brakes - Stopping things since 1902

    Location:
    Northern Ireland
    Does the Secteur have the Riva saddle on it?
     
  11. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    Thats a good site, the link to my fave jim langley bike fit is also worth a look at , if your always sliding forward on the saddle after you have got it set up right it could mean that the reach to the handlebars is to far and your scooting forward to counteract this, but i would check your saddle height, setback and angle 1st.The best way is to bung a spirit level on it as its suprising how much difference a few degrees can make and a few mm up/down/forwards/backwards can alter the comfort.
    http://www.jimlangley.net/crank/bikefit.html
     
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  12. dave r

    dave r Dunking Diddy Dave Pedalling Pensioner

    Location:
    Holbrooks Coventry
    I've got the Jim Langley site book marked as well, plus a few others.
     
  13. mark1974

    mark1974 Active Member

    Location:
    cheshire
    i was same bought a gel seat cover problem sorted
     
  14. cyberknight

    cyberknight As long as I breathe, I attack.

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    They are ok for shorter rides but accoding to whati have gathered from other CC members on longer rides you sink in and it can cause more problems
     
  15. Andy_R

    Andy_R Hard of hearing..I said Herd of Herring..oh FFS..

    Location:
    County Durham
    On longer rides with gel covers, the gel apparently "migrates" into areas where you don't want pressure. I've never used one myself, but it kind of makes sense, as your @rse moves around on the saddle whilst riding, it pushes the gel around until it's exactly where you don't want it.
     
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