Archive for the ‘saddle’ Category

November 12, 2014 00

I came across a fascinating post the other day about female cyclists getting waxed (he hem) down there and some discussion around if you get the whole lot removed (AKA Brazilian wax), is it going to hurt to ride? Should you groom or not groom then? And how much grooming is too much grooming? From […]

I came across a fascinating post the other day about female cyclists getting waxed (he hem) down there and some discussion around if you get the whole lot removed (AKA Brazilian wax), is it going to hurt to ride? Should you groom or not groom then? And how much grooming is too much grooming?

From most reports, it’s best to avoid cycling (or gym or running) for 24 to 48 hours after waxing. Let everything settle down.

Also investing in a good chamois cream is a good idea and I’ve found a good cream called Bump Eraiser which is pretty effective for avoiding in grown hairs.

What’s your advice or tips on waxing as a female cyclist?

 

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July 2, 2013 3

 There comes a time in every new female cyclist’s life where you can’t help the feeling that after a lovely ride on your new trusty bike, the nether regions are feeling a little delicate! The worst part about this issue is you may not have anyone to ask about it. Well never fear, BikeGal.com is […]

 There comes a time in every new female cyclist’s life where you can’t help the feeling that after a lovely ride on your new trusty bike, the nether regions are feeling a little delicate!

The worst part about this issue is you may not have anyone to ask about it. Well never fear, BikeGal.com is here to help you. (Be grateful, BikeGal had to ask her older brother which was quite embarrassing.)

There are a few things to consider if you are a bit sore downstairs….

Do you have the right saddle (bike seat)? This is crucially important, so that you are riding on your sit bones and not the soft tissue between the sit bones. Read more here  about how to get the right saddle for you.

At Jet Cycles they can measure your sit bones and make sure you have the right sized saddle for you

Is your bike set up correctly for you? If you are getting pain, take a trip to the bike store and get some adjustments. Some stores also offer comprehensive bike fits that take several hours and can cost several hundred dollars. Sometime to consider if you are doing a lot of riding.

Get the gear – buy yourself a good quality pair of padded bike pants (or knicks as they are sometimes referred to). These provide a bit more padding for your sensitive lady bits! Note you don’t wear undies underneath these. I have some perl izumi ones which I just love. I’ve tried cheaper brands but found they weren’t all that comfy and they died in the washing machine. If you buy some good quality ones they should last.

Get yourself some good quality knicks.

Harden up princess! In some cases, it’s just a matter of getting a bit tougher with yourself. As you ride more frequently and a bit longer everything should settle down. But if it doesn’t you really need to consider adjusting your bike or saddle as in points 1 and 2 above

Have you had sore ….um ….bits? What’s your secret to fixing this issue?

Happy cycling!

BikeGal.com

 

February 12, 2013 01

We’ve all been here, you’ve spent some time on your bike, maybe riding a bit further and longer than usual or you have just started riding again after some time off, and as you hop off your bike you realise that your bottom or lady bits are really really sore! It can range from being […]

We’ve all been here, you’ve spent some time on your bike, maybe riding a bit further and longer than usual or you have just started riding again after some time off, and as you hop off your bike you realise that your bottom or lady bits are really really sore!

It can range from being a bit numb to intense throbbing but either way, did you know that if you have the correct saddle (seat) for you and your bike, and your bike it set up correctly for you, you should NEVER have this pain.

I recently took a trip to Jet Cycles (80 Clarence St in the city) as I heard from my friend and training buddy Jo that these guys have the ability to measure your bottom and get the right seat for you. Although not it’s technical name, Jo and I agree that this nifty invention should be called the ass-o-meter!

Jo agreed to be my bum model so you can see through this blog how it all works (thanks Jo!).

We met with Kane, Jet Cycles’ Bike fit technician. Kane shared with us how he recently had a very happy customer who experienced the bottom measuring and seat fit and told him “your saddle changed my life.”

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Kane is both a personal trainer and a sports physiologist so he knows what he’s on about. As he explained it, getting the right seat for you is really an anatomical issue.

“Some people end up sitting on their bike and not being propped up by their sit bones on a saddle that is too narrow. This causes pain as there is too much weight put on the soft tissue between the sit bones,” Kane said.

The sit bones? Whenever you sit down, your weight is resting on two points in your bottom, known as sit bones. Everyone’s sit bones measure differently. Often when you are having pain from your saddle it is because the saddle you have is not the right measure or shape for your sit bones.

A properly sized saddle not only increases your comfort on your bike but also your power when riding – and there is a saddle for every sized bottom.

Posture and spine also plays a part and ideally if you have the time, getting a complete bike fit which includes the saddle fit is ideal.

So… how do they measure your bottom/sit bones?

Below is the ass-o-meter itself.

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Next step, is to sit on it! And here is Jo sitting on it.

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When Jo hops off, we can see from the indent of her sit bones what size saddle she needs.

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Kane explained to us that it does take a little bit of adaptation to a new saddle.

“A few weeks is normal for this. No one ever wants to go back to their old saddle,” said Kane.

As well as measuring your sit bones, Kane also spends time looking at how you sit on your bicycle.

“People have a preconceived idea of how they should look on a bike. And sometimes it’s a combination of what they look like and the fit that ends up being right for them,” he said.

Getting your sit bones measured at Jet Cycles is free but best to book ahead if you are interested.

Do you have saddle pain? Have you put off getting back into cycling because you had saddle pain before? If so, get along to Jet Cycles and get your bottom measured – pronto!

Thanks to Jo Kneebone, for being a very compliant model for this story.