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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.


aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My spinning class hurt my butt but riding a bike for fun is just not the same. I can't imagine it hurting like the spin class did.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
GIRLS - make sure you get a woman-specific bike seat and woman-specific shorts too when i got my bike, it had a pretty matching seat that was narrow and nice, but my dad and his buddy, the bike shop owner, forced me to change it for this wider, un-matching seat, and it made all the difference in the world ladies have different "parts" than men, and the shape of the seat makes a big difference
kia kia 9 years
It took a couple of rides to get used to my seat on my mountain bike. The first long rides hurt afterwards though. I definitely have a gel seat on my road bike.
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
I got myself a gel seat pad and it works great. It just fits over the regular seat and secures with a drawstring. I should trade up my seat for one with springs though. The roads around here are really, really bumpy. (Then again, I should probably trade up my bike...)
emalove emalove 9 years
I have a great bike that my ex-boyfriend bought me a few years ago...I hardly ever ride it though. My husband just bought himself a nice, new one though, so hopefully we'll get to take some bike rides this summer.
aanyanka aanyanka 9 years
I purchased an Electra Amsterdam Classic 3 commuter bike a few weeks ago and it has the most comfortable seat I have ever encountered on a bike. It's takes me 1 hour to ride to work and I'm perfectly comfortable the whole way.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Even bike shorts with the most comfortable chamois in it will not make your butt hurt less if the fit of the bike, and the saddle are wrong. Definitely invest in a bike fit or a good saddle (as well as padded bike shorts).
Callie325 Callie325 9 years
Gel padded bike shorts. They exist, and they are so much better than the cheaper kind with foam.
crystalljackson crystalljackson 9 years
I actually had this very same excuse! Every time I rode my bike, I was walking bow-legged for three days. I consulted my local bike shop about getting a new bike seat thinking this was the source of my trouble...but instead I got some really good advice about BIKE SHORTS. Some nice padded bike shorts are the key, and not the seat. The best kind will have some padding in the thigh area as well as the actual butt area. And you don't have to look like you're wearing a diaper when you put these on, either. Many newer bike shorts don't give the "puffy appearance", but still provide excellent comfort. And you don't have to look all Spandexed-out either. You can find some that have a padded lining, but a nice, looser outer fabric...or you can buy the padded liner separately and layer a looser pair of short over. Try, I've used their shorts and they're great.
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