A question for the cyclists amongst you.
Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:27 PM
Posted 31 July 2014 - 08:58 PM
What's more important:A good saddle, good shorts or both?
Don't get a soft saddle thinking it will be more comfortable, harder saddles are better. Padded shorts (or chamois) are only really needed for long rides of an hour or more. After a while your seat bones get used to it and it becomes a lot more comfortable. For any long distance rides (>2 hours) chamois cream is a must.
Posted 31 July 2014 - 09:56 PM
Been cycling seriously for half my life but it's still obviously personal opinion. I'd say though, get proper cycling shorts if you're planning to do anything but commuting and, as said above, chamois cream [sudocrem's a good option rather than the expensive cycling-specific brands]. The seams on normal shorts will rub and lots of other bits will flap about and get in the way, a loss of comfort and speed, it's not really a big investment. Getting a comfortable saddle is important as well, you can't really avoid shelling out for either...
Edited by wackojacko, 01 August 2014 - 09:44 AM.
Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:09 AM
I've never bothered with creams, lycra etc and never had a problem. I must admit though some if the lycra shorts available may make the ride more comfortable but going without hasn't really been a problem.
Go for a decent saddle
Posted 01 August 2014 - 09:13 AM
I would recommend getting yourself properly measured for a saddle. The place I got my saddle had a device to measure your backside (a seat with couldured gel which shows your weight distribution). Like Sev said a thick padded saddle doesn't necessarily mean a more comfortable one. Also good shorts with the padding are a good idea especially when you first start out. I struggled with anything more than half an hour to start with, but it soon passes.
Posted 01 August 2014 - 09:38 AM
Got a Brooks Professional and a Brooks B17 on my bikes. They're expensive but they're well worth it. The leather is rock hard when they're new but when it's broken in it moulds to your shape. I never get a sore backside even on 100 mile plus rides. I've tried more modern saddles but they were uncomfortable and made my dangly bits overheat, I've never had that problem with leather saddles.
I'd agree with Copa that the shorts aren't as critical. Spending a bit on the saddle and getting it right is really important though.
"I own up. I am a serial risk taker. I live in a flood zone, cycle without a helmet, drink alcohol and on Sunday I had bacon for breakfast."
Posted 01 August 2014 - 11:06 AM
Pah! If you are racing properly, you shouldn't be on the saddle in any case!!
( Anyway, I carry my own considerable padding everywhere!)
Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:33 PM
Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:02 AM