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I have changed jobs recently and from the change, it has become feasible to ride to work. Whilst I have been riding on and off for a while now, I find that with my new touring bike (a Marin Point Reyes 29er from Smiths in Fyshwick. They are good people!!!) that I am getting a sore backside when doing distances longer than 40km. My regular commute will be 14km each way but yesterday that was disrupted due to the chemical fire out at Mitchell I have padded bike pants but nothing else. If people can give me some tips, that would be great.
P.S. Digging this forum. It has been quite helpful indeed
Ride more, ride more often. It will pass.
The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass
Mmmm +1 to hygeine measures. Saddle sores are not fun. I won't say any more because it will be TMI
When all else fails, persistence prevails -- Lew Hollander
Cheers for the advice, I'll make sure to take it on board. I am hoping that the regular commute will toughen me up a bit.
In regards to saddle, the one that came standard with my bike was a WTB Vigo Comp with Love Channel and Comfort Zone (according to the specs page of the Marin Bikes website. It is a little spongy so I may look at getting a tougher saddle. Redbull and Oxford, do you have any suggestions in terms of brands or widths for saddles?
On a side note, on my first ride with the bike It took three days to recover from soreness after a 50km ride. The last ride on Friday which had many more hill climbs that also lasted 50km, I am pretty much pain free after 36 hours. So it does seem to be getting better.
Current ride: Marin Point Reyes 29er 2011
Old ride: Giant Cypress City 2009
As far as saddles go, everyone is different. I know Smith carry Selle SMP, and they have one to 'test drive'. I've found mine pretty good. For me though the big difference was getting a bike fit. My seat was waaay too high which caused me to tilt my hips forward on the saddle putting pressure on the perineum instead of the sit bones. Instant difference once I had that corrected.
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In addition to this, for most, the main problem will probably be too narrow. I believe the general recommendation is at least 3cm wider than your sit bone measurement.
What type of knicks do you have?
I find bib-knicks better - they stay where they should. Also, a good pair of knicks versus a cheap pair of knicks will help a lot.
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