I agree with everything that BEV said except the breaks every 15 minutes--that would drive me crazy. Instead, stand up while you pedal every once in a while. If the numbness starts at about 15 minutes, stand for a little bit every 10 minutes, with the idea being that you will prevent it from starting. Learn how to do stretches on the bike as well. You can still stop whenever you want, but your stops don't have to be frequent for the numbness--stop because of endurance instead!
The other thing I would do is get a good bike fit. Do you have an LBS that you like? If not, I've got some suggestions for you. A bike fit could alleviate some of your saddle issues, instead of buying a 4th saddle!
But padded shorts and gloves are mandatory in my world...
Fitness Minutes: (76,082) Posts: 5,824 8/16/09 3:44 P
Welcome to the team. Just a few suggestions for the numbness. Wear bike shorts and take breaks about every 15 miles, just a short one to stretch your back and legs. Core exercises are a great idea. Move your hands around on the handlebars and wear gloves. Hope this helps.
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Hey! Am new to FB and just 1 year into biking. Last summer I had finished Selene Yeager's 8 week wgt loss biking program and just started her century training program when I had to have abdominal surgery. The other day I just finished my first 20 mile ride at a training pace--8 months after surgery. YAY! I ride a hybrid Fuji on a rails & trails packed gravel surface, my goal is to ride the whole trail (80 miles) in one day--next year. In winter and bad weather, I put my bike on a stationary trainer. What's this I read in one guys post about being able to ride with no pain or numbness anywhere? Huh? Am currently frustrated by lower back pain. Also have some numbness in my hands. I've switched to those wide hand grips. Dont have any endbars on my bike, but I'm thinking about it. And I've been through three different saddles, but maybe I need to tweak things some more. I get numbness in my lower back which I'm sure is from pressure on my sciatic nerve (saddle issues). But I'm usually so into riding that I don't notice it much. The lower back pain is probably from weak core muscles, since I had abdominal surgery. Duh. Am doing stretching and strengthening, but I'm sooo frustrated. It takes so long to get back to where I was last year! This time last year I was riding 80 miles a week, at most 26 miles at a shot. Any input from you hard core biker chicks to help resolve my saddle/hand numbness issues would be much appreciated!
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