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Favorite Excuse Not to Bike: It Hurts My Bum

Is it me or is this gorgeous Spring weather screaming for you to get on your bike. I have to say though, if you haven't ridden your bike in a while, or you're new to biking, then you may experience a bit of pain on your seat. Bicycling Life has some great tips on how to avoid becoming saddle sore.

  • You first want to make sure that your bike fits your body perfectly.
  • If your bike came with a seat, chances are it's not the greatest, most comfortable one on the planet, so treat yourself to a new seat. A bike shop should be able to help you measure the distance between your sits bones, so you can get a seat that fits your bottom just right. Also, you may prefer one that has a hole in the middle, a gel seat, or one made out of leather.
  • You may need to adjust the tilt of your seat. You want the widest part of your seat to support the weight of your sits bones, so if your seat is tilted down in the back, the front of your seat may be putting too much pressure on your lady business. Use a wrench and do it yourself or take your ride to a bike specialist.

What else may help? To find out


  • Give your tush a break and stand up every once in a while. Not only will it relieve pain and numbness, but it'll strengthen your quads like nobody's business.
  • If chaffing is your problem down there, you may benefit from wearing wicking undies. Some riders also like to powder up with a sprinkle of cornstarch or baby powder to reduce friction, but if your skin is sensitive, that may not be such a good idea.
  • Spring for some real bike shorts.The tightness and extra padding helps to prevent the fabric from wrinkling, which can rub and irritate your skin.
  • If none of these tips help, then you may benefit from switching to a recumbent bike.


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