Get some padded cycling shorts! That will make things much better :) Your bottom also gets used to it. The shorts make a big difference though. I notice my saddle being hard a few miles into a ride without my cycling shorts(even though I have lightly padded ones). With the shorts I can go for miles and miles with no discomfort
September Minutes: 412
Fitness Minutes: (65,141) Posts: 1,809 8/24/12 4:09 P
I found a used bike yesterday at my LBS, and - apart from beginning to understand just how hard a saddle can be - I love it! I rode 8 miles with less effort than it took to go 5, and am starting to look around the county for fun rides. Down to the next town for Raspberry Bread Pudding is right up there on the list.
Thanks for the welcome
September Minutes: 253
Fitness Minutes: (65,141) Posts: 1,809 8/23/12 4:50 P
It's great that you are able to bike as your son rides. Great job on inspiring each other. Do your best to look for a used bike. If you are able to find a solid brand in your size you'll be able to save some money. It's very important to find a bike that is the right size.
"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." - Martin Luther King Jr.
I've recently started biking a bit to keep up with my son on his jogs, and decided to get my very own bike (instead of my dad's bike from 1970 or before). My new bike turned out to be a clunker (or else needs a tune-up; I've already had it back to the store once since the brakes never left the rim) and I can manage 10 mph on it, while over the same route/wind on my dad's I can get 15 mph. Who knew that new and shiny would get clobbered by old and rusty?
I'm now hunting for a new bike that won't break the bank and which will at least ride as well as the old bike. My goal is 20-30 mile treks on paved surfaces, mostly level but with a river valley here and there... ideas on what to get are welcome! I think my plan for getting there is just to ride 4-6 times a week, adding time as my legs get used to the idea. So far, I'm just shy of 7 miles.
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