Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, knows seat discomfort can be the difference between an enjoyable ride, and a miserable one. It can stop both men and women from riding all together! Why can seat pain be such a pain in the butt?
The bones that are used when sitting, ischial tuberosities (aka- sits-bones), are not utilized by most bicycle seats.
You may have a perfectly comfortable saddle, however there are many variables involved in bike fitting; you might find some of these variables are affecting your comfort. Some quick things to check that may be affecting your comfort are as follows.
- Poor or Worn Saddle
- Improper Saddle Tilt
- Saddle is Too High
- Saddle is Positioned Too Far Back
- The Drop Between the Saddle and Handlebars is Too Much
- The Handlebar Reach is Too Far
Some preventative measures that can be implemented to increase comfort are
- Building strength in areas that are in contact with your saddle
- Reduce Your Weight
- Protective Bike Short
- Get off the Saddle Regularly
- Allow time to adapt to your equipment
At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we provide personalized programs to help you lose weight and build strength in the areas you need to comfortably cycle or enjoy any sport for years to come. Whether you are recovering from an injury, or simply interested in a maintenance program to continue doing the activities you love, our therapists will work with you to design an affordable treatment program specifically for you!
1111 W. Town and Country Rd.
Orange, CA 92868