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Sore sitbones aka ouchy fanjo

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DontBuyANewMumCashmere Sun 14-Aug-16 21:32:08

Does anyone know anything about the positioning of saddles for optimum fanny comfort?
My saddle appears to be perfectly level, if I have sore "sitbones" should I tip saddle up/down/back/forward?
I looked online once and didn't get a helpful answer, and am very unwilling to ask in my LBS.
Anyone know anything about it?

prettybird Sun 14-Aug-16 23:02:35

What sort of saddle do you have?

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Sun 14-Aug-16 23:12:54

Just looked up my specs and think it's a San Marco Era Start Power.
Definitely San Marco; that's written on it.

CMOTDibbler Mon 15-Aug-16 15:53:05

I'd try tipping the nose of the saddle up slightly, but it may be that you and the saddle are not compatible. I have a Selle Italia Diva flow gel which is great, especially once I got the right shorts (or rather a oad that was the right shape for me).

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 15-Aug-16 15:54:01

Is it a women's saddle?

TheDuckSaysMoo Mon 15-Aug-16 18:15:14

Watching with interest. I was burning when I had a pee after my ride last night. My bum is totally fine though. It's just one small area at the front. I've invested in gel shorts and they make no difference despite feeling like a giant nappy. Mine is a woman's gel saddle.

MotherFuckingChainsaw Mon 15-Aug-16 18:51:50

It's all about saddle set up.

Trial and error and a bit of advice from a friendly local bike shop.

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Mon 15-Aug-16 19:50:38

I am positive it is a women's saddle, I can't actually remember now but I'm convinced it's a women's bike. It doesn't say and isn't the colour of oestrogen pink so I'm not sure.

Good point about shorts, I have two or three padded items and all three are not comfy on this bike - on my other bike they seem fine.
I've never used a gel saddle, are they really good/recommended/worth it?

Iwantawhippet Mon 15-Aug-16 19:51:33

If you want to try a different saddle take a look at Specialised rival body geometry. When I bought on the measured the distance between my sit bones - just a matter of me sitting on a gel pad. This means you get the right width. I wonder if your saddle is the wrong width for your sit bones and so the pressure is on your fanjo?

The Specialized has a bit of a cut out for delicate parts. I cycle an hour a day with no problems. I am on my second saddle of this type.

Iwantawhippet Mon 15-Aug-16 19:58:57

This is the recent one that is available in several different widths.

Cherylene Mon 15-Aug-16 20:11:46 This was quite good at explaining bones, position of hip joints in relation to pubic bone. Australian site - I googled some of the saddles.

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Tue 16-Aug-16 20:15:14

Thanks all, will have a look.

Handsupbabyhandsup Tue 16-Aug-16 20:22:32

I had big issues when I was cycling!

Bum butter or chamois cream
No underwear under padded bike pants
Good quality padded bike pants

I tired lots of saddles and changing the angle of the seat but in the end a bike fit made the biggest difference.

prettybird Wed 17-Aug-16 13:13:49

Team GB has done some research in this which suggests you should try pointing the nose of your saddle down.

DontBuyANewMumCashmere Wed 17-Aug-16 20:08:38

I don't use chamois cream, as I thought that was more of a rubbing issue solver? This isn't rubbing, it's more like too much pressure?
I don't wear knickers, just my padded shorts/leggings and they are good ones, Gore etc not own brand stuff.

Pretty thanks I'll have a look at that, might solve the issue.


Sootica Wed 17-Aug-16 20:10:54

Team GB did not just do "a bit" of research they got a professor in vulval health from Cambridge!

prettybird Thu 18-Aug-16 07:59:22

I wanted to leave that joyful nugget of information as a surprise when reading the article! wink

Is there nothing and nowhere that British Cycling won't go in its search for marginal gains?! shock

Ifailed Thu 18-Aug-16 08:08:04

There are many variants of bike saddle, so the first thing I suggest is you go to a bike shop where they can measure the width of your sit-bones. Usually its a flat board covered in a gel like top that you sit on (!) for a while, when you get up there will be two impressions where the bones are, get this measured (best to wear cycle shorts for this). You can also try it at home:

Trills Thu 18-Aug-16 08:19:51

I was going to link that Guardian article too and say that you should also make sure you have a nice comfy cushion of pubes.

dun1urkin Thu 18-Aug-16 15:04:45

Agree totally with getting bum bones measured. Mine are ridiculously wide apart and no amount of saddle adjusting, shorts buying etc helped with the numb / sore vulva. I needed a different saddle. I had no idea my bum bones were so far apart, naively thinking than my quite narrow hips meant this wasn't an issue.

TheDuckSaysMoo Tue 23-Aug-16 23:52:11

I tipped my saddle forward on my last ride and it made and instant improvement. Big relief!

TheBicycleChain Mon 21-Nov-16 14:17:02

Best advice would be to go and see your local bike shop, we see this all the time its a common issue that all bike shops will be able to help with. Avoid non dedicated bike shops as the staff are not a clued up on cycling.

- Get a woman specific saddle
- You can get yourself measured for the correct size saddle (based on sit bone width )
- Padded shorts OR padded under shorts are a must if you do not already have them. As mentioned before you do not need to wear anything under them.
- You can get a mini bike fit done. Saddle height, angle and position front and back all make a big difference.

I hope that helps,

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