Ouch! (and only slightly embarrassing)
Thanks to an injury which means I am not allowed to run, I have been cycling for my commute, which means 2 hours a day cycling. I like it in almost every way except that the saddle makes me really sore, in a place where I don't want to be! (I am female by the way.) It doesn't feel like bruising, it's more like the skin itself is sore. Does anyone have any ideas for stopping this happening? Is it worth getting a women's specific saddle? (At the moment I have the saddle which came with my cheapy road bike, so it is probably nothing special)
The short answer is 'yes' I think. There is a right way to be saddle sore - your bony bits should ache a bit for a few rides until they get used to it, then you should feel fine. If you have lingering pain or non-bony pain then your weight ain't going down where it should. And no-one of either gender should get soft tissue pain lest all manner of dysfunctions result.
Most women specific saddles are slightly wider than men's to accomodate a different shaped bony pelvis - or you might prefer a 'cut out' model with a big central scoop so your nether regions aren't squished.
Sorry - should have added that Mrs BTB has something like this and says it's great:
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Thanks for all your answers. I'm cycling in jeans cos I can't be bothered to get changed when I get there... so I will stop being lazy and skanky and get something padded to wear!
It does feel like maybe my weight is too far forwards, so maybe I need to mess about with the saddle position. I'll look into women's saddles as well.
Siance- LOL! And ewwww.
Quite! I recall those seams on jeans during horse riding. Never again
Don't know how they get that cool cowboy image unless the rider's wearing a chamois underneath!
When you get some bike shorts be sure never to ask your other half whether your bum looks big in them though...
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