Top Ten Ways To Avoid A Sore Ass When Cycling On Your Road Bike

Top Ten Ways To Avoid A Sore Ass When Cycling On Your Road Bike


– [Man 1] The humble backside,
call her what you will: bottom, ass, rear, or rump. It’s one of the three
contact points you have with your bike and, arguably, the most important.
A sore bottom is a sad bottom. Bummer. So, here’s GCN’s top
ten tips to not getting a sore ass. Let’s be honest, sitting or lying down,
grazing on some of your favorite snacks, browsing GCN’s vast back catalog
videos is sometimes the preferred option, especially after a long arduous day in the
saddle with some terrible weather thrown in too. Give your ass some downtime. It’ll
love you more and look after you when you need it most. If you think about it, cycling
shorts are called that because, well, they’re short, and they’re made for
cycling. Undies have no shammy protection between your saddle and your rear
and are not fashioned out of material, be it cotton or silk, that is supposed to
be cycled in. If worn between you and your shorts, they’ll ruck up and chafe and
leave you smarting and sore for days. So brave the elements and go naked under
your shorts. Cycling shorts are tight for a reason,
and that reason is so that you don’t get friction burns on your most delicate
areas. So make sure you get the right shorts with the maximum benefit. Too
tight, and they’re going to dig into some of the areas you don’t want them
digging into and too loose, and they’ll be sliding around on your undercarriage like
a duck on a frozen pond and a rather itchy frozen pond due to
chafing on an epic scale. – [Dan] If you don’t want your patootie
to start looking like the face of the moon, then clean your shorts. If you’re
someone susceptible to picking up saddle sores, and exposing your skin
to weeks worth of sweat, grime, and goodness knows what else, isn’t going
to help. It’s going to lead to a bumpy and uncomfortable ride and by
bumpy, we mean scabby. – Lemon fresh! – Use chamoise cream, so cool, because
in years gone by, it was used to protect one’s undercarriage from rather harsh
chamois leather that was used as shorts inserts back in the day. Now, chamois
cream is still used today as a sort of adult nappy cream really, a soothing aid
against friction. Just make sure you don’t use warm up balm
or imbrication instead. One of the best ways to avoid having a
sore derriere is to avoid getting a wet derriere. This is where mud guards can
help. Keeping mud and road water off yourself and your bike also helps
avoid that, “I’ve had to carry a nasty accident look,” that happens so often to
those who choose a paler of cycling kits. – There are loads of different shapes and
sizes of saddles on the market these days, which is great, because there isn’t one
particular shape which will suit every kind of rider. So, if you are having
trouble with comfort whilst you’re out riding, try a few different saddles and
see if you can find one that’s right for you. Bare in mind though, when you
are in the market for a new saddle, just because it looks comfortable,
doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. Conversely, some of those wafer-thin
saddles that look like they’re going to be about as comfortable as sitting on a pin
might actually suit you very well indeed. Probably not the first thing that you’re
going to think about when you thinking about comfort, but putting more power
through the pedals, when we do it, there’s more weight taken by
your legs, less by your butt. – From the beginning, for all those of you
with little or no patience when it comes to backside luxury, there are a couple of
left field options, which I’m about to demonstrate now. Now, choice
one is you get a cushion, reasonably sized, and strap it, using
whatever method you have to hand, to your mate’s posterior or indeed
your own. That should, work a treat. – Well I have to say, Matt, I’ve already
gotten a huge sense of relief in the saddle sore region, what
is option number two? – Well option two is slightly different.
You basically get a similar sized cushion, if you have one to hand, and what you do
is basically stuff it down your shorts. I like that, so comfortable.
I don’t know why people haven’t thought
of this before, Dan. Although… – Ready? – Yep here we go! When it comes down to it, there really
is no way to make your ride completely comfortable. It’s just
a matter of practice. – Yeah, but hours spent on the saddle
every day, for years on end, eventually your caboose will get just used to the
torture that you put it through on a daily basis, and you’ll think back and
wonder what all the fuss was about. If you need some guidance on
how to set up your saddle heights, click on our
video up there. – And if you’re wanting to learn how
to set up your physique saddle, click down there. – And if you haven’t already subscribed to
GCN, it’s absolutely free, and all you’ve got to do is click on us. All right, that
half an hour has done me in then. – Oh, I think
I might need… – Can I get that
cushion back on? – …a massage. Can you
put the bike away Dan? – Can you give me
that strap on again? – Yeah.

100 Comments on “Top Ten Ways To Avoid A Sore Ass When Cycling On Your Road Bike”

  1. Damn; it’s time to start experimenting on load distribution and make this a full on engineering issue. I thought I’d find the solution right away on YT. BUT; HELLS BELLS. Here we go again; I have to invent a method of cupping my balls and works, keep it from sliding around and distribute the load of my ass off my nuts and onto a more suitable portion of the anatomy; like the entirety of my ass.

    I can see a plastic milk container being altered and sewn together and covered in a way as to achieve my goals. You would think this would be 100% solved by this time for Christ sakes.

    Padded underwear that costs $80.+ bucks is retarded I’ll buy a damn adult diaper or do the old pillow in the shorts trick.

    But none of these solutions actually redistribute the weight off my nuts as I’m riding.

  2. What I’m reading in comments is; no one is doing anything about getting off their own nuts. The whole thing here; is a matter of load distribution.

    I’m not simply getting use to it. I did that bs all my life with my diving helmet. So; I fixed that now I’ll fix this issue.

    Apparently it’s an issue that’s as old as the bike is and no one has got off their own damn nuts and fixed it.

    A nappy with butt cream isn’t the solution.

  3. How about installing a suspension seat post. Cane Creek Thudbuster LT/ST or Cirrus Bodyfloat 2.1 are the ones to try.

  4. $ Overpriced $ and painful plastic seats. Suppose to be to save on weight. So then you have to buy all these fancy cloths and pads for your ass. The padding that should be in your bike seat in the first place. At the end of the day it's how much they want you to spend so you can take a ride in you neighborhood. It's all a big. Spend more money Scam !

  5. When you guys get older and you are fed up with all the things you hear about curing your pains on your bike , look up recumbents and if you try them you will be asking yourself why it took so long to try something that is far more comfortable and no pains anywhere. Older as in mature enough to buy something different . " I don't have a problem with peer pressure I just do what my friends do" sound familiar? I should have started much sooner.

  6. Love the video. I'm not a fan of those padded bike short. I use a Komfy bike seat cover over my seat. It's also washable unlike those gel bike seat covers.

  7. Quit riding those asinine diamond frames and get a proper recumbent. I sit on 4 inches of foam. The ONLY pain I have are tired legs at the end of a century.

  8. You forgot saddle height. If your saddle is too high your hips will rock back and forth on the saddle creating a lot of friction and discomfort. Your knees should bend slightly when fully extended on the pedals (roughly 15 degrees).

  9. I'm 11 and I just learned how to learn a bike but the first time I tried my butt hurt so bad 😅

  10. I’m an American and I found your putting the Union Jack in your nether regions reprehensible.

    You should have gone with an American flag.

    These days, we Americans do it every day.

  11. Can someone tell me why all bikes have massively uncomfortable saddles ? Weight or movement ? The only thing that works for me is a big ass gel saddle. It looks ridiculous but I have no other option.

  12. You think you guys have problems, try to think what women have to cope with. Most saddles are just adapted ones from men´s . There are definitely more painful contact points than men have.

  13. there was absolutely nothing relevant in this video except for the pillow idea, I would definitely tape a pillow on my bum!

  14. Would shaving and waxing all ur ass and balls help and then loading ur bum pad with vaseline or if there chave creams are available?

  15. I'm surprised that shaving your nether region didn't make the list. Even with chamois cream and a decent saddle, coarse public hair is a huge source of friction. A safety razor, used liberally, has been one of my best friends and has done more to relieve saddle burn than any other solution.

  16. My problem's not friction, it’s more in the muscles and connective tissues leading to the tailbone. I just got the most comfortable seat and pad that I can possibly have but it looks like I’m not going to be able to be on no more than 10 to 20 minutes max. Age may also be a consideration, I just may not be able to sit for too long at a time. After a certain time I start hurting deep within the tissues and have to get off or it’ll start hurting worse and worse. Even having the most comfortable seat possible, you can still get pretty sore and I can be equivalent to sitting on concrete. For my particular needs I may actually have to ride a few minutes at a time

    As for saddle height, I learned a little trick years ago from a guy who since retired. I heard him telling someone that the best height is where your tiptoes are on the ground when you come to a stop. Another tip I heard is putting One of your pedals all the way in the down position. Your leg should be almost straight with a very slight bend at the knees and a very slight point to the toe. It was also sad if you have to rock back-and-forth at a downward pedal revolution, your seat's too high. Anyone who doesn’t know these secrets are likely to run into these mistakes, especially if they happen to be young. Been there, done that. Why? Because back then I didn’t know and I really liked a high seat just like some circus riders like on a unicycle. If you’re going to have that high of a seat then you may as well also have tall handlebars to go with it

  17. friction is not the problem. i got a new bike and rode it once for about an hour and the next day my ass is so sore. it’s not really a road bike but it has a skinny saddle, i probably just need to ride faster but my gf rides slower and it was just a recreational ride

  18. I'm glad you made a video out of it, I started to get worried about my butt feeling sore and whether if that's normal or not

  19. Actually the best way to go to The Bike Shop try different bikes with different saddles on them until you find one you like try one with a hard plastic hard fiberglass Soft gel padded thick padded foam animal other one just try them all fine one it would you like we're going to Walmart Walmart has a big selection of bikes with lots of different saddles on them that's the best way to do it and that's how I found the one I liked now I was sitting on a hyper jazz had a snafu saddle and I normally don't go for the side of sandals but it was the most comfortable saddle on any of the bikes in Walmart lineup actually the best way to go to the bike shop try different bikes with different Saddles on on until you find one you like try one with the hard plastic or fiberglass gel padded take padded phone and evil other one just try them all fine one of you who you like or going to Walmart Walmart has a big selection of bikes with lots of different saddles on them that's the best way to do it and that's how I found the one I like now I was sitting on a hyper Jazz at a snafu saddle and I normally don't go flow sign of sandals but it was the most comfortable saddle on any of the bikes in Walmart's lineup so I went home looked on amazon pound similar saddle making model and shape and ordered it got it at home and I've enjoyed my writing ever since it's a Yangtze it's probably the same company that makes the snap through Saddles cuz it's same shape same thickness I've had no I've had no issues and it 384 miles away it's pretty comfortable

  20. i put my beach cruiser seat on my road bike now it's a joy to ride the cruiser seat actually has shock absorbing springs why do they make those skinny ass seats trying to cause us ass cancer

  21. Believe it or not, more effective than chamois cream is Dettol Antiseptic Cream. Keeps you fresh and odor-free, no irritation and no pain.

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