Saddle Soreness is one of the most frustrating parts about cycling, especially if you are getting back on the bike after some time not riding. It’s very easy to head out on a bike all guns blazing, forgetting the impact that saddle soreness can have.
As well as ruining the enjoyment of being out on your bike - saddle soreness can also damage your ride and performance - shifting about on your bike saddle, trying to rearrange to a more comfortable position will very quickly knock time off your performance.
If a sore rear end goes one step further, and you develop saddle sores - you can find yourself off your bike for a decent length of time. Saddle Soreness affects mountain bikers and road cyclists alike.
Saddle Soreness Causes
Saddle Soreness is completely natural, and it’s not surprising that long rides can cause some discomfort. It’s important however to keep an eye on pain levels and sores - as sores and boils can develop which require medical treatment.
Soreness is caused by the perfect storm of circumstances, such as weight placed on the point at which your body meets the saddle, alongside friction, sweat, and a reduction in blood flow.
Saddle Soreness Prevention
At Westbrook, we believe that there is the perfect saddle for every cyclist. Many saddles today are designed for weight saving, and aerodynamic performance - neglecting comfort. That’s not to say however, that bigger padded seats are the best option. It’s also worth remembering that the saddle on a new bike, will mould to you over time - so it can be worth waiting whilst you ‘break the saddle in’
Cycling Shorts are one area which requires serious investment, in our experience - it’s never worth skimping on cycling shorts - as they provide the design and padding to keep you comfortable in the saddle, as well as keeping you looking good and feeling confident. Different pads and short design work best with different people, so it can be worth trying a few different types.
Road cyclists should choose bib shorts, which stay in position brilliantly whilst out riding.
Chamois and Emollient Cream is a cyclist's best friend. The cream has been specifically designed to prevent saddle sores and is anti-bacterial and viscous, providing the perfect barrier between your skin and your cycling clothes.
Standing up during descents and climbs - whether it’s to give your bum a break intentionally, or to pedal harder - is a great way of giving your rear end a rest from your bike saddle. Try and stand up every fifteen minutes or so to feel the benefits.
Take it Slow
Your rear end does get used to cycling - so take it slow to begin with whilst your body becomes as accustomed as it can do, to your bike saddle.
Keep cycling shorts, dry clean and fresh wherever possible - eliminating the chance for bacteria to grow and thrive. If out for a day ride, it’s a good idea to take a change of shorts to keep feeling at your best.