I am no expert - however, I can tell you what helped me. I have two bikes - a traditional, fast road bike, and I also have a "hybrid" bike - very similar to a city bike. On the hybrid bike I upgraded to Ergon GP3 grips and that has really helped a lot. Frequently change your hand position while riding (the Ergon GP3's will help you discover new hand positions). Sometimes I will securely hold onto the handlebar with one hand, straighten my back so it's almost vertical, and take my other hand off the grip - to give the other hand a rest. While riding like that (one hand securely on the grip, back almost vertical) I perform the following exercise (see image below) because your blood flow is getting blocked and this exercise can help with that. (no, I do not earn a living as an artist - ha)
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I don't do much riding with others. I have some health issues that make it challenging to keep commitments. I am 62 and I used to be an avid runner. Long story short, due to continuing and significant foot & leg injuries, I have given up running. But - there's great news: I still enjoy hiking (with mid-height lightweight breathable boots) and my true passion is a return to bicycling. Not always, but I pretty much road bike when it's hot and ride off-pavement when it's cool or cold. I loathe riding on most public roads but fortunately I live close to about 96 miles of multi-use paved trails (Silver Comet Trail & Chief Ladiga Trail). When it's too wet to ride mountain bike trails, I ride fire roads, gravel roads, and I have discovered other places that are great to ride (without damaging the singletrack trails but still getting in the woods and having a great workout). When the temperature is hot I ride slower, I stop and take breaks, and I embark hydrated and remain hydrated while riding. Riding in hot conditions, my mindset is simple: enjoy being outside and I have no desire to reach any number of miles or achieve a specific speed. When it's hot, I'm just looking at "time on the bike" and, most important, insuring a safe return without any damage to my body. It can be done if you're very careful. I am particularly cautious about dehydration & heat stroke because ~eight years ago I ended up in the hospital after a jam-packed weekend of hiking, mountain biking, and aggressive off-road motorcycling. I never thought I would ever experience dehydration and heat-stroke but let me tell ya, it was not fun. Now, I pay much more attention to what my body is telling me. I have two road bikes - one is a traditional road bike - it's light and fast. The other bike is a "hybrid" bike - it's heavy, slow, and it was purchased used for ~$500. Both bikes are a good fit for my body size. The heavy and slow hybrid bike is now comfortable after I added new pedals, Ergon grips, and a good saddle - it's absolutely perfect for quick workouts and short trips (20 to 30 miles). For extended rides I drag out the traditional road bike. I love both of those bikes. For mountain biking I use a hard tail, a full suspension bike, and I also ride an ancient 3x9 26er - I just can't bring myself to get rid of that old relic (ha). I find it interesting: in my experience, the more time I spend riding a bike, the stronger my fondness and appreciation grows for that machine. Sorry to ramble - too much coffee this morning? (ha) Ride safe, ride often - enjoy!
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I purchased a used bicycle and the seat that came with it was awful! As @roadtrip said previously, " Most often, the larger softer bike seats cause more issues . . . " <-- very true!
I got this saddle (link & image below) from REI and it's a fantastic upgrade - it was inexpensive and was very easy to install. I can put 20 to 30 miles on my bike (my average ride distance) and have zero pain. However - if your bottom is not conditioned to bicycle riding, and you go out for several miles, then you're probably going to experience discomfort regardless of the quality and correct fit of the bicycle.
Tips that might help: move forward/backward a little bit while riding - stand up occasionally - take a break and get off the bike for a while. It's my guess, from zero riding to "reasonably conditioned bottom" will take at least a couple or three weeks of riding with frequency. If you are riding on a regular basis, you have a decent saddle, and your bike is setup (fitted) properly, then after a while, your bottom discomfort will no longer be an issue.
Bontrager Sport Bike Saddle - Men's
Item # 1715410001
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Hello Everyone, I enjoy bicycling I recently decided to keep an old Cannondale fitness bike - it shifts well, the brakes are fine, the frame, wheels, tires, and drivetrain are great - but - it was really not very comfortable. So, I ordered pedals, saddle, and grips and those changes have been VERY helpful - much more comfy. I have a very nice road bike but this old clunker is great for short trips (20-30 miles) and I burn more calories - who cares if it takes me a little longer to complete the trip? I created a PDF that reviews the upgrades but I don't know how to upload that. Thanks everyone, Ride safe, ride often - stay hydrated! 🙂
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