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September 16, 2012 7:29 AM
Ok, so, I'm just gonna get right to the point!

You know when you've been riding your bike for a while (about an hour) and you start to um.. hurt.. down there?
How do you keep this from happening? I already have on of those pad things that you attach to the seat, but it doesn't help!

What are some things you guys do to save yourself when it comes to a really long ride?
September 16, 2012 8:51 AM
There is a lot of information about pain "down there" on the internet. It's very very common. I know I suffer from it. A lot of people wear padded bike shorts. Some people say the padded seats make the pain worse. There are creams you can use too but I haven't tried them yet. Whatever you do, I think you should make sure that nothing is rubbing or moving around down there and stand up on your pedals from time to time..

Do a Google search. Your lady parts will thank you.
September 16, 2012 8:56 AM
Good bike shorts with padding.

If you feel the need to get a padded seat go to a bike store and talk to them about what's best for you. It could just be that your shorts lack adequate padding. Also after you bike for a while it won't hurt so much any more.
September 16, 2012 9:03 AM
Good bike shorts and possibly a different seat could be your solution.

I have a very narrow seat on my bike and I always wear bike shorts. Sometimes after a long ride I'll be sore but I've never had any trouble during a ride.
September 16, 2012 9:04 AM
my god yes!!!! I have wondered about that too. My hubby said I would get used to it but hell I cant get used to that!
September 16, 2012 9:05 AM
your testicles shrink
September 16, 2012 9:07 AM
I had one of those thin seats and got a padded cover for it and it did not help at all. I went and bought a larger seat and it is very comfortable, (Walmart has them for about $30 - $35.). I can ride for hours with no problems.
September 16, 2012 9:07 AM
New seat!
September 16, 2012 9:07 AM
Good suggestions so far!

You might also think about adjusting your seat, front to back, on height. It might be too high on the front of the seat or too high in the back. You just have to move it around a bit until it's more comfortable. That, and padded shorts are the way to go! Good luck!
September 16, 2012 9:08 AM
I know its not everyone cup of tea but buy some proper cycle shorts you can get them baggy type with an insert. Also vital a decent saddle.
September 16, 2012 9:11 AM
you can get special seats for this, or I hear that over time you 'desensitise' yourself and nobody wants that now do they?
September 16, 2012 9:11 AM
In addition to some quality cycling shorts, apply anti-chafe cream (Butt Buddr) on your perineal area. The rubbing and chafing along with the pressure sitting on that narrow seat for a long ride is how the problem manifests. Don't let it stop you from cycling though! We've ALL been through that.

Awesome, what kind of bike do you ride?

September 16, 2012 9:12 AM
I teach spinning class and this is a problem that so many people have. i always tell new students they will get used to it but it takes almost three weeks for it to stop. The second time i attended spin class i couldnt even sit on the bike seat.
September 16, 2012 9:14 AM
Standing up for a bit helps alleviate pain. I'm serious.. helps me plenty on long rides, that or take a break for a while..

doesn't help long term of course, but in the short term it's a blessed relief :)

@katbaran also hit on something there.. the angle of your seat makes a lot of difference - I've read a lot about that when I was looking into the same issue
Edited by richUK On September 16, 2012 9:15 AM
September 16, 2012 9:15 AM
Go to a good bike store and get fitted for you bike. It shouldn't hurt. You probably have the wrong seat, or have it positioned in the wrong position.
September 16, 2012 9:15 AM
Spandex, no undies. Seriously, if you are doing distance rides other kinds of fabrics will cause saddle sores. I've not tried it, but I guess Chamois Cream is supposed to help, also. I use good old fashioned talc and the saddle sores are gone.

I'm riding a 68 mile loop today, so we'll see how I feel after that. I regularly ride 20-30 miles in one trip.
September 16, 2012 9:27 AM
As your legs get stronger, they will start to bear more of your weight (rather than 70+ percent of your body weight on the saddle itself. This will ease the pain quite a lot.

Also, make sure the saddle is adjusted to you are using your sit bones instead of your lady parts (or man parts, depending on who is reading this). This also takes some getting used to.
September 16, 2012 9:31 AM
You can buy female bike's way more comfy than the traditional seats
September 16, 2012 9:36 AM
I actually have a seat that's split in the back so it moves with my sits bones. Also the bike shorts, and proper bike fit. But some of its not avoidable. You're putting pressue on a sensitive area, so if you're out for a couple hours, you can do as much as you like to prevent it, but expect a bit of a sore bum.
September 16, 2012 9:37 AM
I've tried several different seats over the years. None really helped any more than what I had. Good cycling shorts make all the difference in the world. Just be sure you don't wear underwear with them.
September 16, 2012 9:42 AM
The softer/cushier you make your saddle, the worse it is going to compress your soft tissues.

Look at the saddle / clothing combinations used by the endurance riders.
September 16, 2012 9:49 AM
In addition to the great suggestions above here is a little trick I teach in my RPM classes:

FIrst, lay down on the floor on your back, feet down and hip width apart. (You can also stand and just act out this drill). Know how when you lay down there is a space between the floor and the small of your back? Push your lower back down to take away that space. Do this movement when you mount your back. It tilts the hips back just a touch and helps ease up on up the discomfort you experience plus you feel a great engagement of the legs muscles.
September 16, 2012 1:06 PM
I used to have that pain when I was riding my old bike but it never happened on my mothers bike, even if i was cycling for 2 hours.
Maybe buy a different seat?
September 16, 2012 1:08 PM
Padded shorts and a good padded seat helped my nether yayas.
September 16, 2012 1:12 PM
You are not supposed to be leaning on "down there" when you ride. You are supposed to be sitting up on your "sit bones" in your butt. You can ask your local bike shop to give you a fitting for your bike so that you aren't leaning on soft tissue. Also, paded bike shorts help, but a heavily padded seat may actually make it worse... you sink into the seat and rest on soft tissue rather thank sitting on your sit bones.


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