Any cyclist knows that bicycle seats were not made to be comfortable. Cycling can be great exercise and a lot of fun, but sometimes, the pain and discomfort during and after can be too much to handle. However, with these helpful tips, you can have an easier ride without the aches and pains that typically follow:
Get Fitted For Your Bike and Your Saddle
If your saddle height or shape and handlebar height or reach are incorrect and don’t fit your body, your weight will be unevenly distributed and lead to substantial discomfort and pain during and after your ride. Make sure to get your bike properly fitted for you.
Wear Padded Shorts
It’s easy to buy a quick, cheap pair of bicycle shorts, but if you want to avoid pain and discomfort while cycling, especially for a long ride, padded shorts are the way to go. The padding will provide you with the best protection from pain and soreness.
Standing up, even just for a few seconds, helps alleviate pain and discomfort, and helps get the blood flowing. Aim to stand up at least every 10-15 minutes while you’re out cycling.
Use Chamois Cream
Chamois cream is an anti-bacterial cream that helps to eliminate friction. Applying the cream to your skin under your cycling shorts can help stop discomfort before it starts and is especially helpful if you plan on cycling for a long time.
If you have a new saddle or are new to cycling, build up your tolerance over time. Don’t start right away with a long ride but rather begin with shorter trips and gradually increase the duration and take your time. Give your body time to adapt!
Chronic Pain Treatment in Connecticut
If you are experiencing chronic pain or are suffering from an injury, let the expert doctors at Orthopaedic Specialty Group help. Give us a call at (203) 337-2600 to learn more or schedule an appointment.