Saddle discomfort, abrasion, numbness, pain.... Is this the universe pain that all cyclists need to go through?
We don't know about you but we went through it!
Newbies may think some form of discomfort and genital pain is part of the sport, therefore tolerated it, live with the pain and keeping quiet as afraid of embarrassment or may not quite sure how to relate the pain to others especially for the ladies!
Gentlemen and especially ladies, don't be shy to talk about it. Experiencing this pain is normal. Talk to a experienced cyclists or even a bike mechanic, as they may be able to solve your problem.
Most of the time, discomfort can be reduced by getting a bike fit or a saddle fit and your so-called "permanent" pain will be lifted!
Saddle is a very individual piece of equipment. Although our butt sizes may look similar, but our cycling postures, sitting postures are all different! Therefore, trying out various saddles to find the one that best suits you.
Please also do not try to replace your tri bike saddle with your road bike saddle as both bike fit dynamics are totally different.
Visit a bike shop and share your pain with them. Elite Custom provides saddle fits. They will watch your cycling posture, measure your hip bone and let you try a few saddles. Alternatively, you can trial and error on the saddles recommended by your local bike shops. Either way, finding the saddle that suits you is so important!
Get your saddle fit done right away!