Don't ruin your cycling experiences. - it is supposed to be enjoyable and fun :)

We have 5 tips to help you prevent saddle soreness and get the most out of your bike.

 

Make sure you bike is the right fit

This is probably the most important point when it comes to cycling comfortably. Incorrect saddle height or handlebar reach can cause your weight to be poorly distributed. Always get expert advice when choosing a bike and make sure it is the right fit for you – you should love your bike and not dread every ride

Select the correct saddle

You sometimes need to try different saddles to see which one suits you best. Remember as well as the right saddle it must be at the correct angle – the front part of the saddle should be parallel with the ground as a general rule of thumb.

Some great tips here from the British Cycling Org on bike set up

Wear Cycling Shorts

Another very effective way to protect your bottom. It is worth spending a little bit of money on a good pair as they will serve you well.

Bib shorts stay in position better

And no cotton underwear!! Remember the saying that "Cotton is Rotten"

Slowly Build Up Distances

We get a new bike and the first thing we want to do is cycle forever – but that is a rookie mistake. Take your bike slow..build up distances over time and you will find that your body will adapt. Don’t ruin a good thing by going too far as it may taint your cycling experience forever!!

Over time you will find you put less pressure on your behind and use your legs more efficiently – don’t forget to stand up every 10 minutes or so, to give your rear a break

Good hygiene

As with all gear you must keep it clean to avoid getting infections. Wash your cycling shorts after every wear. Chamois cream which hydrate the skin and prevent friction can help if you are prone to saddle sores.

Also, be nice to your bottom, treat it as you would a baby’s – sudocrem can be a great relief if you have suffered. Again, keep clean and dry and treat it with lots of TLC :)

Happy cycling :)

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