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5/30/07 10:10 A

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What kind of cream did you get from Walmart?


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5/30/07 7:27 A

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Very interesting...you RAISED the tip of the saddle. My bike guy LOWERED the tip on mine...He did say last time I was there that sometimes lowering it can cause more friction and maybe he would put it flat again. Maybe I should try the other way like you and RAISE it. I plan on riding this weekend so maybe I'll try that. That's if I can figure out how to do it myself witout messing up the whole thing. =) I don't think I have the right size allen keys.

Thanks for the advice.

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5/29/07 12:57 A

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I prefer the RS Flex shorts too - well padded and very comfy. I have a Serfas RX saddle and like it. I keep thinking about buying a racing type saddle but not sure I'm ready to go there yet. I adjusted my seat a little bit (raised the tip slitghly so my weight was shifted a little further back on the sit bones. My 100k was my longest ride so far with the new adjustments and I had NO sore girly bits at all!

Using a little cream down there too helps on the longer rides, mainly on inner thighs to keep from friction rashes. You can use the expensive stuff from the bike sore or the cheap stuff I got from Walmart. So far Walmart brand works fine for me. :)



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5/25/07 6:43 P

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I also had problems with a sore bum until I switched out my old mens saddle for a womens specific saddle by Selle Italia. Womens saddles are usually wider and shorter than mens. I also bought a really good pair of bike shorts. I prefer the RS flex short by Sugoui. A tri short has next to no padding because they are made to dry quickly and be easier to run in. So maybe save those for race day? A good pair of shorts really helps matters!

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5/20/07 5:31 P

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I don't use the aero bars, but moving the seat forward for my short legs solved the problem. Although yesterday we rode 23 miles and I'm sore today. I ride more upright than flat because my neck gets sore from looking up. I purchased the serfas saddle at a bike store but you could find it online too.
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5/20/07 9:01 A

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So you ride with aero bars too? Did you order the saddle online? Do you still wear padded shorts as well, or not? Do you find that your back isn't flat though with the seat farther up? I would think you would roll it more? I will ask about that too. I need to try and figure out how I can use those sit bones, that seems to be the global answer. I just need to get my seat in the right position so I can.

Thanks and happy riding. =)

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5/19/07 2:02 P

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I had the same problem and found a women's Serfas gel saddle for road bikes. I have had this saddle for three seasons and love it. My husband bought one for men and likes his also. I had to move my saddle forward so that the sit bones are on the seat. I am only 5'2'' and having the saddle set back further puts all of the pressure on the middle area and not on the sit bones.

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5/18/07 11:07 A

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The whole handlebar stem should move up or down. I don't know your bike, but *should* is the operative word!

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5/18/07 7:28 A

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I was thinking about the handle bars all last night since I read your suggestion, and realized that they don't go up or down, it is a fixed piece. But I will mention that to my bike guy next time I see him. Right now, I think my best bet is to fiddle with the saddle.

Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to ride for a week or so, so I will have to wait to find out if any of this works. But I will keep trying. Where there's a will, there's a way! =)

Thank you both for your help on this. I will keep you "posted!"

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5/17/07 8:12 P

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Can you try raising your handle bars--you will still be stretched forward, but not leaning down as much. It may not be a permanent fix, but may help you isolate the problem.

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5/17/07 6:53 P

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I ride a recumbent so no problem with these issues. That’s me on my bike in my profile picture. I did ride a road bike but never used aero bars. The aero bars explain the problem you are having! Have you talked to other tri women to see if they are having this problem? Also try the online forums such as www.teamestrogen.com and www.terrybicycles.com



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5/17/07 4:30 P

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Yea, I can. I was thinking about that recently myself. Some guys I know have done it.

I think I need to practice that. Do you have a Tri bike? I do, and I know that puts you in a more forward position than a regular road bike. Just wondering if it is still possible to do that in that position. I do keep my back flat, but since I am leaning so far forward on the aerobars, I just wonder how I can get my hips in that postion. I'm curious now to find out what your bike type is?

Thanks again. I will try just about anything at this point. I will try the hip adjustment.

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5/17/07 4:11 P

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Can you, when competing, put the bike shorts on over your tri shorts? Would that be too much of a hassle?
I had to learn how to turn my hips under, so the pubic area was not on the seat. That really helped me to solve the same problem. Part of that was making sure the bike was fitted properly and strengthening my lower back so I could keep my hips in the correct position. If you’re in proper position, you should be sitting on your sit bones not your pubic area.


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5/17/07 3:09 P

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I'd wear padded shorts any time you are not going to combine your ride with a run or a swim. If you can give yourself time to recover, you may be better able to be aware of the adjust ments you are making to the seat.

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5/17/07 1:24 P

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A little of both areas, more pubic though unfortunately.
I've tried different hip positions, but I think too late so it hasn't seemed to help.
I have never used any type of lubricant...may have to try that. But can you put it in THAT area?
No undies.

See my dilema? It's got be that the saddle needs adjustment. Nothing else works and I've tried just about everything...I'm sure glad I'm not a man! That must be even worse.

Thanks for the advice.

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5/17/07 1:21 P

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My current saddle is womens specific, and I believe it may be by Terry. Not positive. It is made for racing, it is not a comfort saddle. The one before was Tri specific but wasn't good either.

You're right. I just need to play with the saddle myself. It is uncomfortable talking about it, but at this point I don't even really care, I just want it to be better.

I have tri shorts too, but again, they do nothing, so I just wear plain UnderArmour shorts, no padding.

I really think at this point it has to be a saddle adjustment issue, so I will work on that.

Thanks for the advice. We'll see what happens. =)

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5/17/07 10:14 A

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Is the pain on your sit-bones or your pubic area? I was having pain, more so, in the pubic area because I rolled my hips back, not keeping my back straight. Rolling my hips under solved that. You can change the location of the pressure buy changing the angle of your hips. Try it: Roll under roll back.
Also, do you use lubricant on your shorts? That helped me a lot especially on long rides. I like Butt Butter.
Also, are you wearing underwear under your shorts? If yes, take them off.


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My first question is if you are in a women's specific saddle--it makes such a huge difference. Mine is the Trek WSD saddle from the WSD Madone (I got them to switch it out for me when I bough the regular Madone). I have also heard great things about the Terry Butterfly, but I am not having prblems, so I am not touching anything! Another question is whether it is a comfort saddle (ie, lots of padding) or one designed more towards a race saddle. The "lots of padding" seems like a great idea, but it tends to hit more pressure points.

Adjusting your saddle is a good thing. Have the guy at the bike shop show you how to adjust it, then make MINOR adjustments on your own, and see if you can relieve those pressure points when you feel them, instead of having to wait for the next time you get to the shop. Besides, I can get a little uncomfortable explaing the the GUY at the shop what exactly hurts... Just remember that the key is small adjustments, until you feel most comfortable.

I have also done tris, and can't imagine doing them without tri-specific shorts. They have padding, but it is less than regular cycling shorts, dries quickly and doesn't feel like a diaper on the run. I was pleasantly surprised. Also, unless I am doing a brick workout, and can't change during my transistions, my training rides are in regular cycling shorts.

And let us know what works!

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5/17/07 8:28 A

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I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me.
I've been cycling for 3 years now and do a mixture of Triathlons and Cycling. I am on my third saddle, averaging 1 per year, and I still haven't found one that gives me any comfort. I am in severe pain at the end of any ride 15 miles or more.
I wasn't wearing padded shorts the first 2 years b/c of the triathlons (didn't want a soggy diaper on the run). I just purchased some shorts from my local shop and STILL I am dying by the end of my rides. What can I do?
The guy at the bike shop tipped my saddle down a hair last year, which sounded like a great idea, but didn't work. I love riding, but I can't stand this problem. I must not be the only female out there having this issue.
Help me!

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