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Love the Lorax wrote:Your comment about the muscles involved in riding a road bike makes sense.. made me wonder - if I worked at strengthening my back and core muscles (which admittedly need some improvement!) maybe I could be able to ride a road bike? I'm getting back into regular exercise, and that would be a great incentive!
Love the Lorax wrote:Hi Hamster!
I'm just getting back on the boards, I have a bike and want to start putting in more miles on it. It is a Trek, hybrid since riding a road bike made my back ache. Your posts are great!
I've read about how great clip-on shoes are, and why they help so much. Are they only used for road bikes?
Hamster wrote:There is one type of pain that we haven't discussed here. Perhaps because we are all just being polite but pain in that part of our anatomy that contacts the saddle is unfortunately real.
The reasons are obvious, saddles are small and inflexible alloy bike frames means that every minor surface irregularity is transmitted upwards through the saddle to the small area of flesh that is also bearing much of our weight.
Possible solutions include:
1. Simply standing up on the pedals for a few seconds to allow the blood flow to return;
2. Wearing cycling nicks which have padding in the necessary places;
3. Changing the saddle to something less rider unfriendly;
4. Changing the seat-post possibly from metal to carbon.
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