Your butt will get used to the seat pain, trust me!
If anyone here really enjoys cycling, I'd highly recommend joining a training/fundraising program. Last year I trained for and completed a 109 mile cycling event through a national program and it was the coolest thing I've ever done. Prior to joining the program, I hadn't been on a bike on over 20 years and I was not at all athletic, yet I crossed the finish line in only (ha!) 9 hours and 57 minutes!
This comment is for deliciouslife or anyone else with junk in the trunk like myself. I bought a bike months ago and you couldn't even tell that it had a saddle when I sat on it. Not a pretty picture right? Anyway, I went to Wal-mart and for about $15.00 I bought a saddle that is perfect. It is about 9" x 5" so now I have 9" supporting my rear instead of 3. It doesn't have a "nose" on it so it doesn't hurt your sensitive parts. It is perfect and cheap. I love it!!
8/22/2008 11:52:30 AM
There are woman specific saddles that are a little wider and shorter than men's saddles.
DELICIOUSLIFE: Bicycle saddles are designed such that you are supported by your sit bones (ischial tuberosities). The birth cannal in women force these protuberances of the pelvis to be wider than they are on men.
No saddle is comfortable at firstj; you have to go on rides of increasing length to get used to a saddle. Also, as your level of conditioning improves you will support more of your weight with your legs and put less weight on your bottom.
Cycling is a great activity so don't give up riding without giving it a chance!
Deliciouslife: I don't think there are seat extenders, per se, but if you visit a decent-sized bike shop, they can show you all kinds of different seats, some larger, some smaller, some gel-filled, etc. You're bound to find something comfortable, and installation is a snap.
My kids call me "Miss Gulch" because I like to do errands on my bike. I have a hybrid: lightweight and geared for riding on the road, but with an upright seating position like a mountain bike or cruiser. With a detachable wire basket on the front, I may look like a Wicked Witch, but I'm saving gas and getting exercise (not to mention grocery bags).
I think the article was missing something I believe is correct, which is that the balance it takes to stay erect on a regular bike(as opposed to a stationary one) helps with core strength. I tell myself it does, anyway! As far as the sun exposure goes, I do believe that any time outdoors, with or without sunscreen, helps us keep a more positive, energized mood, whether or not sunscreen hampers vitamin absorption.
I LOVE my bike! It helped me lose 50 lbs several years ago; and I've been getting on it more frequently lately to try and lose the other 50 I still need to lose. I ran into a woman at my office yesterday who's visibly shrunk, and when I asked her what she's been doing, she says she's purchased a bike and has been using it an hour each night. This woman's in her 50s with joint problems, and if she can do it, anyone can!
Good article about biking. However, this comment struck me: Sun exposure allows your body to obtain vitamin D (but donít forget the sunblock). Correct me if I'm wrong, but if we wear sunblock, it will block the sun (hence the name) and subsequently, the Vitamin D.
I rode a bike for the first time yesterday since 1998. In 1998 I could ride easily up and down hills for 5-6 miles straight. I had more difficulty yesterday with about 3/4 of a mile due to the fact that I had knee surgery that was messed up. Thanks for the motivation. I am actually teaching my brother how to ride his bike.
My husband and I just purchased bikes at the beginning of the year and we have had so much fun exploring our community! We have lived in the same place for the last 11 years and we are only now seeing some of the beautiful parks and trails available in our area. We even found a wetland only a few blocks from our home that we were unaware of! Love my bike, it doesn't feel like exercise, it feels like playing!
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