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physical adaptations from sitting on a saddle for hours....(5 posts)

physical adaptations from sitting on a saddle for hours....Bruno S
Feb 26, 2003 2:33 PM
Anyone knows how the body adapts to being on a bike saddle for hours and hours of training? There is no muscle there but changes have to happen. I wouldn't expect a non-rider to jump on a bike and ride for 2 hours without any pain. But maybe I am wrong.
Nerve endings become deadened. (nm)onespeed
Feb 26, 2003 2:44 PM
Don't forget that you have muscles where you sit.MR_GRUMPY
Feb 26, 2003 6:36 PM
After a while, they get stronger. The soft tissue also gets tougher.
big ole callouses, too nmDougSloan
Feb 26, 2003 8:40 PM
Buy saddles and different chamois shorts to find ones that workteamsloppy
Feb 26, 2003 9:19 PM
Hey, it shouldn't hurt. A monkey might have to wait for its body to adapt, but the Human Body can use its intellect and Credit Card to try different saddles, different chamois / shorts and conditioning techniques.

I have at least six saddles in my garage that don't work for me (selle italia, bontrager, san marco). I have great luck with Avocet O2 (american butt, american saddle).

Pearl Izumi Microsensor, Ultrasensor and Hind Drylete chamois tights and shorts work for me. Performance, REI, Canari and Assos chamois don't.

If you have been off the saddle for a while, or its hurting, you have to back off your saddle time.

I think it is real medical advice to say that if it hurts don't do it.

I also remember an episode of the Simpsons, where Homer keeps testing his arm injury to see if it still hurts, He tries it every 2 seconds. Does it still hurt? Do-oh.! Umm, doesn't hurt now. I wonder if it still hurts? Do-oh! Umm, doesn't hurt now. I wonder if it still hurts? Do-oh!