Ouch, my bits hurt (down there!!)

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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 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!



  • July 02, 2013 at 5:47 pm, Beth said:

    I find using some chamois cream with my knicks is perfect. The Aussie Butt Cream has a nice tea tree quality to it that soothes as well http://aussiebuttcream.com/


  • July 04, 2013 at 10:09 am, Denise Balding said:

    I’m not trying to plug my products, but you haven’t mentioned using a skin lubricant/chamois cream and they do work. Chamois creams certainly help while you are ‘hardining up’ and even experienced pros need chamois creams at certain times – hot days, long days in the saddle and continuous rides over many days.
    Of course I recommend Chamois Butt’r but there are many brands out there to try. I am a recreational rider and my rides are usually 50km or longer, avg. 200km/week and Chamois Butt’r is the friend that I can’t do without.



    • July 04, 2013 at 10:11 am, Rachael said:

      Yes everyone is right! I totally forgot about chamois cream – it’s really great. Kinda like what you use after waxing, the good ones have tea tree oil and the like in them to help with chaffing and keep everything tip top!!



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