I remember the first time I sat on my saddle (Bontrager Affinity), and I thought, "You must be joking?" But my bike shop guy was very open and honest when he said that the size of my behind wasn't the actual size of my pelvic bones. And, as odd as it may seem, the more flesh/fat we have on our behinds, the harder it is to find the comfort zone on a "real" bike saddle. At least, that's what I've discovered. As I've continued to ride, I've lost fat and strengthened my behind and my legs, and it's increasingly more comfortable to sit in the bike saddle for longer periods of time.
Also, it's SO important to keep a strong core - for overall good health, and for good form on your bicycle! If your core is weak, you just sit "funny" in the saddle. When I first started riding, I was very weak - especially in my core - and I noticed (in photos my family took) that I sat almost "sway-backed" in my saddle. As I worked at becoming stronger, I noticed that riding became more and more comfortable, and that my back has become straighter. A strong core affects everything!
The saddle is a resting place to put you in position. If something is wrong with your riding position or set up this might put too much weight on that area.
The saddle must also fit and you should be resting on the sits bones. Different widths for different pelvic dimensions.
A soft saddle can hurt even more. It can grab, crawl up places and twist, bite and tear you. Cycling shorts are a big help.
If I had this issue and have many times in the past here is what to do. 1. Have your bike fitted properly and form evaluated. 2. Find a saddle that matches your sits bones and let the LBS switch them out while you are on a trainer. 3. Intensity, duration, and frequency. Seems the more intense you ride the less the saddle hurts because your weight is supported by the legs. Duration, this is a killer and worse on bad roads so get out of the saddle and work up to a greater duration. Riding really slowly is tough on your back side. Frequency, do it often. 4. Cycling shorts, I don't like gel pads as they can climb up your back side.
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