An aerodynamic position, but likely to leave you feeling some soreness for anything over 25 miles.
On Monday, I often check my web stats to see the keywords people are searching to come to site. One which stood out was ‘sore bits after long cycle ride’ - I notice that search often comes on a Monday – presumably after someone has just done a long sportive / charity ride, when they aren’t so used to spending so long on the bike.
For the relative newcomer to cycling, the prospect of saddle sore and other ‘sore bits’ can be a major deterrent to cycling.
There are a few essential tips to minimise soreness whilst cycling
No underwear – just cycling shorts. Cycling shorts don’t have stitching in the wrong place; you wear them next to the skin. If you are doing long rides, don’t skimp – get the best quality shorts with a good solid insert. This will make a big difference to the comfort of your ride.
Preparation. If you are unused to cycling and do a 100 mile cycle ride, it’s not surprising if you do feel sore in many parts. Like many things, the body needs to adapt. You do get more used to sitting on a small saddle through gradually increasing time cycling.
Best Saddle. People often think that the bigger the saddle, the more comfortable it will be. It’s not always the case. However, it is worth getting a good quality saddle, and give yourself time to get used to it.
Saddle Sores. The most important thing with saddle sores is to ensure good hygiene and use an antiseptic to make sure no infection gets in. Dealing with saddle sore
If you are really keen, you can just ride through a saddle sore. It may feel sore for first 10 miles, but then isn’t as bad as your fear it will be.
Correct Set Up
It is important to make sure the bike is set up correctly, especially the correct saddle height
Another potential sore point is the back. Make sure, you change your position and stretch. It’s good if you can be confident to sit up on the bike with no hands. This enables a straight back. If you are doing a lot of cycling, it is worth doing a few sit ups to improve lower back strength.
Get Out of the Saddle.
For most riders, this is something you will be doing automatically, but, when doing long time trials it is something I have to remember to keep doing. – Otherwise it can become tremendously painful. It is like the crotch area becomes completely numb. The secret is not to wait until pain starts – by then it’s too late. You have to get out of the saddle at regular intervals. This is important for any time trial of 50 miles or longer.
If you can get a massage after a long ride, it will help the muscles recover. It also gives you an excellent excuse to shave your legs – in case you needed one.
If you get best saddle, shorts and spend time getting used to bike, you’ll find it’s not as bad at first. Don’t let a bit or soreness put you off, next time it won’t be as bad – promise!