Cycling questions.

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
I recently picked up an old, recently refurbished 18-speed mountain bike. It appeared to be a pretty high-end bicycle, quite nice for its time, as far as I can tell.

Comfort-wise, though, it is absolutely KILLING me. I did a 15 mile bike ride the other day, and when I tried to get back on the bike the following day, my perineum felt like it was being murdered with a baseball bat. I turned around within the first 2 minutes and went back home. I physically could not ride the bike.

My question, though, is this: Is it the seat, or is it because I don't have bike shorts?
 

jhupper

Rookie
Bike shorts will assist, you can get different pad thicknesses for short through to endurance but the bottom line is you have to endure the discomfort till you get used to it. it's going to hurt but it gets better. More comfortable saddles may be about but even with a fairly low padding one you can get used to it.

Put some miles in, then put some more in, then more again....in a few rides you'll see an improvement.
 

-Kap-

Rookie
Padded bike shorts with a chamois would likely be noticeably more comfortable, but as jhupper mentioned, it may take a few rides for your body to simply get acclimated to spending time in the saddle. If you're experiencing pain specifically in your perineum though, it's possible that the saddle might be too narrow for you, so instead of properly supporting your sit bones, it's putting too much pressure on your soft tissues. If you still feel pain or numbness there after a few rides, you may want to pop into your local bike shop for some assistance, since a wider seat or one with a center channel or cut out could be what you need.
 

Hmgraphite1

Hall of Fame
I use a spring loaded thick cusioned medium wide seat. I don't sit alot of the time and rarely when going over bumpy terrain. It adds weight but no confidence complaints.
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
I love to ride in support of my tennis (and overall) fitness. It gives me much more endurance and it's a fountain of youth for my 52-year-old knees.

Finding a good fit with a bike seat can absolutely suck. I've never sought "professional help" with this issue, but I've tried a few different saddles. The one I have now is okay and I improved it a good bit for me by putting one of those gel pads on top of it. I also wear cycling shorts - they really seem to be the right article for the job.

I can also say that when I've been off my bike for a while, I need a little break in period when I get back at it. After the first day out, I usually need two days away from the bike or else my seat will be pretty uncomfortable. You sound like you've got it worse that I do though, so maybe see what you can do about getting a better fitting saddle for you.
 

kimguroo

Legend
Both.
Padded shorts will help so start with padded shorts first.
Bike Saddles are very tricky. Cheaper saddles are usually bad but expensive saddles can’t be good too.
Saddles are very individual. Usually stock bike saddles are not great.
Positioning saddle might help some comforts too.
 

Simon_the_furry

Hall of Fame
Guys, I saw my local bike shop and they helped me get a better fit with my seat. They angled it and moved it back a bit and now it's much better.
 

kimguroo

Legend
Guys, I saw my local bike shop and they helped me get a better fit with my seat. They angled it and moved it back a bit and now it's much better.
That’s good first step without spending much money.
With padded shorts, it will help more or padded liner might be cheaper option.
 

Traffic

Hall of Fame
I'm a mountain bike instructor for riding technique. But I've also gone through several bike fittings of my own due to my own bike related over use injuries.

Take the time to dial in your riding position and to look at a saddle that fits your anatonomy. Then a good pair of biking shorts with a proper padded chamois will help. That and saddle time. Just like you have callouses on your hands, you gotta build up your sit bones to support your riding.
 

Big_Dangerous

Talk Tennis Guru
I recently picked up an old, recently refurbished 18-speed mountain bike. It appeared to be a pretty high-end bicycle, quite nice for its time, as far as I can tell.

Comfort-wise, though, it is absolutely KILLING me. I did a 15 mile bike ride the other day, and when I tried to get back on the bike the following day, my perineum felt like it was being murdered with a baseball bat. I turned around within the first 2 minutes and went back home. I physically could not ride the bike.

My question, though, is this: Is it the seat, or is it because I don't have bike shorts?
Change the seat, man. It's the first and really only modification I made to my hybrid bike. I used to have a road bike and my ass would be so sore after a ride. I sold it years ago and picked up a hybrid bike for right around the same amount because I wanted something I could use for less than smooth gravel/road surfaces and a bit in the grass. I went and got this seat, and it's been a lifesaver for my arse! :p

https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Cloud-9-Bicycle-Suspension-Tri-color/dp/B000H87PUI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534353700&sr=8-3&keywords=cloud+9+bicycle+seat&dpID=41NivBCKnZL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
 

kimguroo

Legend
OMG the saddle weight is over 3lbs
I spend so much money to shave weight for my bike. Shocking that there is 3lbs saddle hahahaha.
 
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