I often get asked how I’m able to bike for long periods of time without my bottom and legs hurting. The answer: good padding and time on the bike seat. I’ve been sharing some tips to be ready to bike with friends so thought I’d share with all of you too!
Wear a good chamois (padding).
Good padding in the right place can make for a great ride. Nothing sucks more than cutting a ride short because of tenderness ‘down there.’ Not all chamois are created equal but that also doesn’t mean that the most expensive are the best. Also, don’t wear underwear under the chamois – this can cause chafing. And don’t forget to change after your ride, especially you ladies, to let ‘down there’ parts breath.
Use a good chamois cream.
This type of anti-bacterial substance helps prevent chafing between clothing and your special parts and legs while riding (ugh, I had this, you don’t want it). It comes in balms, creams and powder. I shared a few kinds that I use in a previous blog post. Test chamois cream on your arm or inner thigh prior to putting it in your special place. No need to cause a rash or irritation!
Get a proper saddle fit.
A saddle that hits certain pressure points too much can cause a lot of discomfort and even injury if you don’t adjust to alleviate the pressure. You may also want to consider an overall bike fit from a bike shop. This looks at your form on the bike, adjusts saddle, handlebars and more, if necessary. And know that a super cushioned seat doesn’t necessarily mean more comfort – the extra padding can actually put more pressure on that area.
Ride your bike.
Trust me, when I started biking, I grew tired and sore after a few miles. I built up my stamina and comfort by getting used to my saddle and conditioning my muscles, including my bottom. I love my Garmin tracker for training as I set it in five mile increments so it beeps each time I reach an increment. It’s a nice motivator. Breaking a long ride into smaller, achievable increments makes it seem easier.
Take a break.
Break up your ride to alleviate the pressure on your bottom and legs. Take a break every few miles, get off your saddle and stretch your legs and back. You may need to take more breaks when you first start biking and that’s ok! You do what works for you.
I hope these tips to be ready to bike help you. The most important tip – Have fun! I truly enjoy biking, whether I’m doing a leisurely five miles along the river or a longer ride with my biking group. What type of bike do you ride? Do you love it?