Booty

March 14, 2012 – I finally had enough money to go buy my first road bike. And of course, I skipped over the usual “entry-level” ride and purchased my cycling pride and joy, a Felt ZW5. A carbon and jade-colored dream, I dubbed her Electric Dream Machine (or EDM for short). I was at the shop for something like an hour with a completely ridiculous smile on my face. I went the whole nine yards and got cycling shoes and pedals too (SPDs).

I took her out for a 50 mile ride within a week or so of taking delivery and was still relatively new to clipless pedals. I managed to fall. You can read about it in my archives. But I also remember mentioning to my fellow Sturdy Girls that my seat was starting to hurt my sit-bones. After a short round of Q&A, we determined I probably just needed to break in my seat. If it still hurt after a few months, I should think about a new saddle.

Well, we’re almost a year later and I think I’ve put in enough suffering to decide I need a new saddle. Once I get beyond about 30 or 40 miles (sometimes as little as 25) I can tell that my sit bones are on the outside edge of the seat. On my first century last fall, the last 7 miles or so were agony as soft-tissue swelling started to make itself apparent. Not as bad as the time I rode 53 miles on a men’s race saddle (that was four days of swelling and pain), but really there’s no reason for this kind of pain on a bike.

As a cyclist who has managed to keep my base miles around 40-50 this winter, that’s a lot of sore butt.

Stay tuned for more on this riveting topic – keeping your butt happy on the road. And please – if you have a suggestion or wisdom to impart, please comment below!

* * * * *

In other news, I am pleased to announce the newest addition to my bicycle family! She’s a 1988 Peugeot Versailles 12-speed I have dubbed Lady Rainicorn. She’s going in for an overhaul, chrome fenders, a rack and lights next week.

(I’m really sorry to everyone who follows me on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter … recycling this news for the masses. )

My lovely new bike, pre-overhaul
My lovely new bike, pre-overhaul

11 thoughts on “Booty

    1. Thanks for the tip! It looks pretty narrow. I think I currently have a mid-width and that’s just a touch too small. Think I may need to go to wide (but not cruiser-wide).

      1. my road saddle is wider, but this one is so nice I may be replacing it with this one. I think I’m just used to the smaller saddles now–and that’s a new development for me

    1. Thank you for the tip! I’ve been looking at endurance/touring saddles because come cycling season I have several century+ rides planned. This looks like it could be very comfortable.

  1. That is a great picture. Thanks for sharing it. My first bike for touring was a Peugeot from 1984. I rode all over the streets of Portland and multiple tours to the San Juan Islands.

  2. Can’t wait to see the Peugeot after it’s all done up, looks great already! Good luck finding a saddle you can really ride with. I had a similar issue, however, after a bit of time I think my “sit-bones” have finally gotten accustomed to it 🙂

    1. Thank you – I’m so excited about the new ride!

      re: saddles. Really it just needs to be a bit wider. I should measure my current seat and do a home measure of my sit bones before venturing out. Have a 50-60mi ride planned this weekend – would love to not be sore at the end. 🙂

Talk to me

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s