Women’s Bike Positioning

When you begin cycling, whether while purchasing a new bike from a bike shop or after getting used bike from a friend, most people will recommend getting a bike fit for the new ride. You’ve heard the term “bike fitting” before, but what exactly does that mean? Bike fitters have usually gone to a school…

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Neck & Shoulder Pain

An incorrect body positioning on the bike can cause fatigue and pain in the neck and shoulders. For example, a bike positioning which is stretched out (reaching too far to the bars) will cause undue pressure on the upper body by shifting the weight forward. Make sure not only the bike is the right size…

My Feet go Numb When Cycling

My Feet Go Numb

Foot numbness can be caused by a number of problems, including: improper cleat alignment, wrong shoe size, or an uncomfortable saddle. When one’s cycling shoes are too tight or too small, the feet and blood vessels in the feet become constricted, especially when pushing hard on the pedals. Also, feet tend to swell when exercising,…

Men’s Hand numbness

Numbness in the hands and fingers while riding is caused when there is too much pressure in two important nerves in the hands, the ulnar and median nerves. When the ulnar nerve is affected, it causes numbness and/or tingling in the pinky finger and pinky side of the ring finger. When the median nerve is…

men's hamstring irritation cycling

Men’s Hamstring irritation

Hamstring irritation can be caused by a few problems relating to either saddle shape or saddle height. A saddle that is too wide for your body will cause interference of the hamstring muscles and surrounding tendons, often causing pain or irritation. A saddle height that is too high causes the legs to reach further on…

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Men’s Numbness

Numbing in the crotch is one of the biggest complaints of bike riding when it comes to saddle comfort, and is caused when there is too much pressure in the perineum. The perineum is the area in between the rectum and the testicles in males (often called the taint). The perineal area contains blood vessels…

Bicycling Pain Issues

Men’s Lower back pain

Low back pain is typically caused by bike fit. A stretched out or cramped up positioning set up on the bike puts an unnecessary strain on the lower back muscles by either trying to reach too far to the handlebars or having an arched back from being too cramped. Muscle imbalances and leg length discrepancies…

Men’s Inner leg chafing

Inner leg chafing can occur on the insides of the thighs where the thigh rubs against a wide saddle. Chafing can also happen in the creases of the legs where the legs meet the crotch or the glute. Inner leg chafing can be highly uncomfortable, and while chamois creams may come in handy, they don’t…

Men’s Saddle Sores

Saddle sores are typically defined as an infected hair follicle or a boil caused by an abrasion (constant contact with a saddle that does not fit your body). They often show up as bumps under the skin or have a similar look to a pimple. Saddle sores appear where it comes in contact with the…