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…

Women’s Hamstring Irritation

HAMSTRING IRRITATION: A hamstring “strain” in relation to bike saddles is a result of the upper hamstrings rubbing the side wings of the saddle. Seat height and saddle shape (along the sides) affect the contact area of the seat and the hamstring area. Hamstring irritation can be caused by a few problems relating to either…

Women's Saddle Sores Cycling

Women’s Saddle Sores

SADDLE SORES: Saddle sores are caused by prolonged pressure and abrasions relating to your cycling shorts and saddle pressure points. Thick chamois materials will not solve saddles 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…

Women's Lower Back Pain in Cycling

Women’s Lower Back Pain

LOWER BACK PAIN: Lower back pain is easily caused by saddle tilt or position or lack of core strength. A strong core is essential to hold up your upper body weight from the pivot point of your pelvis. Low back pain is typically caused by bike fit. A stretched out or cramped up positioning set…

Women's Lower Back Pain in Cycling

Women’s Soft Tissue Pressure/Pain

SOFT TISSUE PRESSURE/PAIN: Soft tissue discomfort is one of the biggest comfort issues faced by women in the cycling industry, and can be relieved with the correct saddle. For women, the parts that make up the external soft tissue that causes the most discomfort in women cyclists includes the labia majora, labia minora, and clitoris.…

Women’s Sit Bone Pain

SIT BONE PAIN: Pain along the sit bones is a common complaint with bike saddles and can be relieved with the right saddle, and saddle and seating positioning. The sit bones, or ischial tuberosity bones, are the protruding bones that sit underneath the flesh and muscle tissues of the glute. Sit bone pain is one…

Women’s Numbing

Men are not the only ones who experience soft tissue numbing in cycling, a large population of women cyclists also experience numbing in their sensitive soft tissue as a result of pressure in the perineum. The perineum is the area in between the rectum and the vagina in females. The perineal area contains blood vessels…

Women’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…

Innie or Outie?

The quest for a comfortable, yet practical, bike seat has presumably been going on since the second day the bicycle was invented. It is the search for the Holy Grail, the quest for all the answers to the Universe, the only thing stopping World Peace, and it is on every person’s mind that straddles a…