So I've been using a spin bike at my gym to get used to cycling until I can get my own bike, and the seats on those bikes are so uncomfortable!!! Are the seats on all bikes this uncomfortable? I'm most likely going to purchase a mountain bike considering that two of the sprint tri's that I want to do are off road. Is the discomfort of bike seats something that can be offset with correct bike shorts?
Incase you can't tell, the last time I rode a bike was in elementary school, so I'm totally lost right now when it comes to cycling!!!
I guess its possible, but my experience is those bike seats are uncomfortable in general. I use those to warm up before I start lifting. Bike shorts may help, its worth a shot. But get your bike as soon as possible Also consider getting a fluid trainer so that if you are stuck indoors for whatever reason, you are cycling on your own bike rather than one at the gym with a funky seat.
Ask your instructor to check your bike settings, also called being fitted to your bike. The instructor should have been trained to do that, hit them early before the class gets going. If they can't, look for someone in the class with all the bike gear and ask them. Bike shorts will help. When riding the pressure should be on your sit bones, if you are new to riding you will feel some discomfort. Evenutally your behind gets "broken in" so to speak and you can ride for longer periods. Stand up periodically if you don't already do that during the class.
When I started spin class, I had so much to figure out. I had to get the right seat height, handlebar height and seat to handlebar reach set. I also had cleats on my shoes for the pedal adapters and I was new to cleats, so it took me forever to clip into the pedals. I felt so clumsy.
Then, my posture took awhile to work out. Even with the best settings, and good bike shorts, it took awhile to feel good on that bike seat. Early on standing helped a lot. I think it was mostly playing with my posture and getting used to it all, that made the difference.
Now, I love spinning. It's such a great workout! And the club has really nice spin bikes too. There are different saddles for your bike. Mine is a women's saddle. There are cutouts in the saddle center/nose surface, that make a huge difference. I don't care about saving weight with a race-ready saddle, I needed something I could ride 112 miles on.
Good luck, I hope it feels better soon.
Sara Cox Landolt
You should look for a gym that uses the RealRyder. It is much more comfortable and rides like a real bike. www.realryder.com
When my friends look at my bike, they always comment about the seat. There is no real way around it - they are uncomfortable. However, you will get used to it and your skin will toughen up. Using cycling shorts is a good idea. Also, make sure you wash with an antibacterial soap afterwards to help from getting an infection from any sores you might develop. You can also purchase seats that are larger and have more padding, but they will impede performance. It just depends on what is most important to you...