Bike Seat Bruising
March 23, 2010 4:03 PM Subscribe
I finally hauled my old touring bike out of the closet and am commuting to work. I'm prepared for a certain amount of pain, but how can I get it over with faster?
posted by restless_nomad to health & fitness (28 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, I'm concerned with the bruising on my ass. (Muscular pain is no big deal - I know what it feels like, how to fix it, and when to ignore it.) I've got a standard narrow saddle, and I'm not dying, but I am definitely wincing a lot.
Some things I'm definitely doing:
- Easing into it - for the first couple weeks I'll only be riding 3ish miles a day, weather permitting.
- Getting padded bike shorts
- Trying hard to remember how to float over the rough spots properly.
Should I get a saddle pad to use temporarily? Is there any particular cream that's safe for very-near-mucous-membrane bits? Any other tips that would help? Ten years ago I was an 80-mile-a-week cyclist, but I was 18 and about forty pounds lighter, too. I'm happy to be back in the saddle, so to speak, but my ass is not as pleased.