Cycling after 25 years...

badkarma

New Member
Apr 16, 2020
20
9
Manchester, UK
From the outcome of a midlife crisis, finally the bike arrived yesterday. I've never ridden one in the last 25 years and I did 42 Kms on my debut... Pardon my language but my ass is paining like hell now :cry:

Any advice? Bigger seats? Cushions?

I'm 6"4' and it's a 23" frame - Cube Reaction Hybrid Pro 500...

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simonk

SLayer ?
Jan 27, 2020
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Exeter
Give your arse a day or so to recover then ride regularly building up the distance. Arse pain *should* subside. If it doesn’t there are plentiful aftermarket saddles available (although finding one that suits is, I have found, hit and miss).
 

Supratad

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Nov 13, 2019
394
306
North Yorkshire, UK
Parallel to the ground.
Adjust it, ride it in the street, adjust again etc etc. If its pressing on your cheeks like a priest on the bus, the rear is too high. If the front is too high slightly, you feel pressure on your "taint" but not in a nice way like if your wife surprises you during oral pleasure.
 

R120

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Apr 13, 2018
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The saddle should be level as a starting point (i.e parallel to the ground) and you can make adjustments from there.

If you are just using the bike for general riding around, you could look at a bigger comfort saddle, but generally speaking if you are going to go mountain biking on it most people will look for a slimmer more performance orientated saddle that doesn't get in the way when moving the bike around

I would also suggest getting some proper cycling shorts if you haven got some - by that I dont mean going all skin-tight, but a lot of MTB shorts have lycra liners with chamois pads, and your arse will thank you for using them - they are also designed so you dont get uncomfortable rubbing etc as all the seams are out of the way of sensitive areas ;)

The Endura Humvee 2 shorts with removable liner are a great starting point for a decent short.

Hummvee Short II with liner | EnduraSport
 

MattyB

E*POWAH Elite World Champion
Jul 11, 2018
1,264
1,276
Herts, UK
Mind you 42Kms is not bad for someone who's not touched a bike in 25 years. I presume you've stayed fit in other ways over that time. When I got back on, it was only round the block.
Agreed. I would start with 10-15 mile rides to start with, and build up from there. Getting the bike adjusted correctly and finding the right saddle are important, but there will probably always be a degree of discomfort when starting riding after a long time off.
 

badkarma

New Member
Apr 16, 2020
20
9
Manchester, UK
Mind you 42Kms is not bad for someone who's not touched a bike in 25 years. I presume you've stayed fit in other ways over that time. When I got back on, it was only round the block.
My wife said the same thing. But I'm now limited to my couch at the moment. There is good amount of pain on my legs.
 

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