April 21, 2015 Comments Blog Posts

Well, Don't Just Sit There!

Sitting on your saddle more means you ride more and that’s good.
People who complain on having sore butts during biking obviously do not clock in proper saddle time OR the ride is way overtime than the usual.
There are ways on how to reduce the butt ache syndrome but really, at the end of the day, if you ride more often, these problems will be left —behind. Pun intended.

HOW TO REDUCE BUTT ACHES-

1. Get the proper saddle for you.
This is rather complicated. A saddle depends on what type of bike you use.
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The WTB V series are bang for the buck plus they are dependable and comfortable. These saddles last a long time and are made of good quality materials. Perfect for mountain bikers who love the outdoors. This can be used on a hardtail or full suspension rig.

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Extra wide springer saddles are awesome seats for the cruisers and girls. Made wider than usual but heavier due to the springs, these are really comfortable but only good for short distance rides. They don’t work for touring and long haul bike trips.

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Super light carbon saddles are best suitable for the road racers who want the weight of their bike as little as possible. The smaller the mass, the better. Carbon rails, titanium rails, whatever, man. Stiff up your arse, but who sits anyway?

Bottomline: whatever saddle you choose, if it makes you uncomfortable, change it.

2. Wear padded cycling shorts.
Cycling shorts are tight, they compress your muscles in the proper areas plus it cushions the affected muscles. Thanks to research and development, some manufacturers put silicon and other high tech compounds on the cushion to ease the stress.
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If it works, hey, why not?

3. Bike more. It would harden the gluteus maximus and muscle memory will occur.
To be more scientific about the glutes:
“Your muscles require oxygen in order to convert glucose into energy. The harder you work out, the more oxygen your muscles need. But during a really intense exercise session, your body’s oxygen delivery system eventually falls behind your muscles’ energy demands. When that happens, your body relies instead on an anaerobic process for metabolizing glucose. This backup process has a nasty side-effect: It results in an accumulation of lactic acid, or lactate. Lactate buildup is what causes that burning sensation in your glutes when you’re cycling hard. The pain should pass if you take a break and give your body a chance to slow down.”
Taken from an article in livestrong.com
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It would also help if your biking position is right. Is your seat post too low? Too high? Maybe your legs are not stretched out right? Maybe your legs bend too much? There is a rule of thumb on the proper riding stance. When your foot is on the 6 o’clock position of the crank, the leg should not be too stretched. The angle of the back of your knee should not be 180 degrees, It should be in the range of 160 degrees to 170 degrees.

Just ride.
This is the simplest and cheapest solution for that pain in the ass.