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Are road bike saddles more comfortable in the drops?

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Asked by: Travis Pratt

How can I make my road bike saddle more comfortable?


Quote from video: It was a guess so what i ask them to do is send out every single saddle that they would possibly use for the riding that i do gravel riding road riding time trial riding.

How can I make a drop bar more comfortable?

How to Get Comfortable With Drop Handlebars

  1. Check Bike Fit. To ride effectively in the drops you need to roll your hips forward, keeping the hip angle (between torso and thigh) open. …
  2. Practice in Position. …
  3. Be Flexible. …
  4. Stretch Out.


Why does my bike seat hurt so much?

Saddles can hurt mainly due to two reasons: you may not be used to it or the saddle design itself is just not suited to your anatomy, nor your personal needs. That being said, if you have found the correct saddle you should not be experiencing too much pain.

How do I stop my bike saddle from hurting?

You apply chamois cream directly to the pad in your shorts and to your perineum before riding and, although it might initially feel a little strange and squishy, its effectiveness in preventing saddle soreness is almost miraculous. It reduces friction, hydrates the skin and prevents cracking.

Does saddle soreness go away?

If you catch them early, they typically go away after a few days off the bike, but deeper sores may take few weeks, he says. See your doctor if you notice that they return frequently; last more than two weeks; or if you have pain that dramatically increases, fever and red streaks at the site.

How do I stop perineum pain when cycling?

Regardless of saddle comfort, cyclists should be encouraged NOT to sit in the same position for long periods. Getting out of the saddle for 20 seconds or so every few minutes helps relieve pressure on the perineal area and makes for more comfortable riding.

Why does my bike seat hurt my bum?

If your butt or crotch is hurting you after just a short time of riding your bicycle, the problem is usually caused by: A misaligned saddle or seat post. Improper handlebar positioning. Poor or improper saddle design/fit.

Should my bike seat be higher than my handlebars?

As a general rule of thumb, you want the top of the handlebar about as high (or higher than) the saddle, unless you’re a sporty rider looking to ride fast. Try touching your elbow to the nose of the saddle and reaching forward towards the handlebar with your hand.

Why do my fingers go numb when riding a bike?

The ulnar nerve runs through the pinky side of the wrist and hand. Gripping the handlebars places direct pressure on this area, causing numbness and tingling in the pinky and ring finger.

Will my bum get used to cycling?

Your bum and thighs will get used to cycling, but this is not something that will happen in a day or week, but over a long period of time and with constant cycling.

How long does it take to get used to bike seat?

Start by using the seat no more than one hour each day. It may take a few weeks to get used to the unaccustomed seat pressures. Unless you are a seasoned horseback, motorcycle, or bicycle rider, you should build up to saddle sitting gradually.

Is cycling good for weight loss?

If you’re looking to get fitter, trimmer and lighter – not to mention healthier – then cycling is a great way to lose weight. It’s efficient, enjoyable, easy to slot into a busy day and, best of all, has emotional and mental benefits as well as physical ones.

Should I pop a saddle sore?

Don’t try to pop, burst, squeeze or otherwise mess with saddle sores – just stay clean and dry and let your body do the rest.

What is the proper way to sit on a bike seat?

Quote from video: The less flexible we are the more we have to sit our pelvis up and the surface gets wider. And we get more weight through the sitting surface. The more flexible we are and stable.

What does saddle sore look like?

Abrasion saddle sores initially present as red, raw marks on the skin. If they develop further the skin can break or they can appear crater-like in appearance. As Cairnduff notes, things can get more serious than losing a layer or two of skin through abrasion.

Why does my bike seat hurt my bum?

incorrect bike fitting



Improper saddle tilt for the terrain can be a pain in the butt. A good place to start is with a level saddle. Also, if your seat height is too low/high or if your saddle is too far forward/backward, then you will be sitting in a place that wasn’t designed for sitting.

How do I make my bicycle ride smoother?

Quote from video: So if you're riding in the wet. Obviously use the wet. What you want to do is apply a little bit of lube to each. Link. So just run it underneath the chain. And just backpedal.

How should you sit comfortably on a bike seat?

Quote from video: However on some contoured saddles there may be a small amount of medial. Contact. When we tip forward we narrow our sitting surface.

Why do my fingers go numb when riding a bike?

The ulnar nerve runs through the pinky side of the wrist and hand. Gripping the handlebars places direct pressure on this area, causing numbness and tingling in the pinky and ring finger.

Do pro cyclists use chamois cream?

Assos Chamois Creme is the choice of many pro riders. It comes in an easy access jar and is quick to apply.

How do I know if my road bike is too big?

If you struggle to make turns or need to sit up straight to reach the handlebars, the frame is likely too large. You may also notice that you cannot quickly turn or pick up speed easily due to the way that you sit in a larger frame. Pain or discomfort after riding also indicates that the frame is too big for your size.