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.
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.
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?