Coccyx Pain

freeflow
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Re: Coccyx Pain

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As a man I use a large selle smp trk saddle. It has been absolutely fine for rides upto 320 km.
iandusud
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Re: Coccyx Pain

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marylogic wrote: 16 Aug 2021, 10:55pm The only time I have ever suffered much with coccyx pain on a bike is when I have done longer sessions on the turbo. I tend to sit more upright on the turbo and I also don’t get out the saddle much, which I suspect is a similar situation to being a stoker. I found trying to get out the saddle more and spending more time leaning forward helped. I don’t know if either of these strategies would be an option?

Mary
HI Mary,

Thank you for your comments. My wife takes every opportunity to take her weight off the saddle, and it certainly helps but it's not enough on longer rides. I've also tried setting up her ridding position so that she's leaning further forward, therefore rotating the pelvis forward, however this puts too much weight on her wrists. As it is she wears splints on her wrists when cycling otherwise they get too painful. Basically she can't support much of her bodyweight on her hands, which only exacerbates the coccyx isssue.

Ian
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Hmm, this sounds like a tricky situation to resolve.
Do you know if your wife feels comfortable in the saddle when leaning forward? I have found on uncomfortable saddles I have ended up putting a lot more weight through my wrists effectively bracing myself against an uncomfortable saddle. If this is the case the the Specialized women’s saddles with “mimic” can be helpful, although they are not so well padded at the back
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marylogic wrote: 17 Aug 2021, 11:40pm Hmm, this sounds like a tricky situation to resolve.
Do you know if your wife feels comfortable in the saddle when leaning forward? I have found on uncomfortable saddles I have ended up putting a lot more weight through my wrists effectively bracing myself against an uncomfortable saddle. If this is the case the the Specialized women’s saddles with “mimic” can be helpful, although they are not so well padded at the back
Hi Mary,

If she leans forward, as I have suggested, it put pressure on her pubic area which she finds very uncomfortable. However if we go for the SMP TRK saddle this may not be a problem due to its design.

Ian
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Sounds like the SMP saddle might be worth a try then. FWIW I find I get less sit bone pain with more padded saddles, but obviously it’s a very individual thing.
If the SMP doesn’t work out I’d definitely recommend having a look at the specialized saddles with mimic that I mentioned - although they don’t have a cut out the mimic material is very soft at the front and they also seem to be very popular with women on the other women’s cycle forums I read.

Good luck

Mary
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marylogic wrote: 18 Aug 2021, 3:45pm Sounds like the SMP saddle might be worth a try then. FWIW I find I get less sit bone pain with more padded saddles, but obviously it’s a very individual thing.
If the SMP doesn’t work out I’d definitely recommend having a look at the specialized saddles with mimic that I mentioned - although they don’t have a cut out the mimic material is very soft at the front and they also seem to be very popular with women on the other women’s cycle forums I read.

Good luck

Mary
Thank you Mary, I'll let you know how we get on.

Ian
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Re: Coccyx Pain

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Update: The SMP TRK saddle arrived and has been tested. A very noticeable improvement with regard to coccyx pain to everyone's delight. However it would appear to be too wide as my wife is complaining of chafing on the inside of her thighs! So, it's going back but I think we're going to try the medium size which measures 160mm against the large one which we tried at 177mm.

More news when we have it...
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That sounds promising, fingers crossed for you both
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Update. No coccyx pain with the new saddle - just pain everywhere else! Whet for a decent ride yesterday (50 hilly miles) and within 30 minutes I could feel my wife squirming. In the end we stopping so frequently for "bottom stops" that I swapped our saddles over, giving her my B17 Imperial, which helped her no end. So we're going back to her B17S Imperial for now, but I am wondering about modifying it by increasing the cut away towards the rear.

BTW I didn't get on very well with the SMP TRK either. Far too much padding making me sore.
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