Saddle Pain - "ON YOUR BIKE"
There are so many reasons cyclists experience pain, within the body from a long (or sometimes short ride) it’s a common problem that some riders think is part of the experience, this does not need to be the case.
An incorrect saddle can cause back ache, shoulder or neck pain and even aching thighs and/or knees - that's not to mention sore sit bone area or genitalia.
All cyclists are unique and some times it is our confirmation rather than anything else that causes the issue, your choice of saddle is very important, saddle length, shape and seat profile are very important factors to take into account when buying a saddle . It is quite common to fit cyclists who say, “ my fitness isn’t what it used to be,” “I’m out of shape because I've had kids” “ I’m not a regular rider” when after the new saddle is "in situ" it becomes apparent that the wrong saddle was the issue all along .
“My left side is so sore and my right side gives me numbness”
All cyclists are asymmetric, that is why some of us are right and some of us left handed. Whether this causes a problem, with the saddle fit depends on severity. A saddle which does not fit the cyclist correctly- be it too narrow, too wide or just on the wrong shape, will automatically move the signs / symptoms to the riders less dominant side, over time this can cause ongoing issues if left unaddressed and may be the reason you stop riding or enjoy your adventures less and less.
Riders can have underlying skeletal issues such as a crooked pelvis from a fall, a car accident or just because they sleep in a position that pulls the pelvis to one side or for any other reason, over a period of time this will be reflected in your longer rides on your saddle pressure. For this reason we recommend you look at your saddle every 6 months - look for signs of wear and tear and replace at least every 4 years if you are a "regular" cyclist - whatever that means to you.
All backache should be acknowledged and addressed as this is often a sign of saddle fit that is just marked as "a long day in the saddle making my back sore"
Saddles that are too wide for the sit bones and pelvis can force the rider to tip forward, putting more weight onto the hands and pressure up the arms and shoulders. This can in turn give rise to neck and shoulder pain.
A saddle that is too narrow can also manifest as putting pressure onto the hands but it also feels "as if your bum cheeks (sit bones) are fighting for space on the saddle- this can cause pinch points - very quickly will produce saddle sores (rubbing and actual broken skin) so many people tend to go wider than narrower.
When choosing a saddle take into account the riding position which is most comfortable to you, for example is it comfortable to ride upright or slightly more aggressively.
Physical characteristics of all cyclists make some saddles more comfortable than others and some riders require a number of saddle trials before finding "THE ONE"
This is why we offer a 30 day trial on all saddles, the only way to find out if the saddle is the right shape and design for you is to ride in it for an extended period of time.
Pain related to cycling is not just “one of those things” and often we can help, even customers who have always felt uncomfortable in the pelvic area can be comfortable if the right seat is made for them, we all want comfort for our cyclists please don't settle for "the saddle that came with my bike" We are very experienced in helping riders find comfort to continue to enjoy your saddle time.
For more specific advice feel or help free to call or email us any time.