I did 115 miles on Fri night/sat morning with just a pair of DHB padded undershorts (about £15 Wiggle) under my Ronhill cycling legging thingies.
They may not be as padded as some of the mega expensive stuff but I don't seem to have any need for anything better, in fact now I've had them a while (they were only a trial) I might order a couple more pairs
And it's definitely horses for course RE saddles, the charge spoon is very highly rated and yet I bloody hated it, it felt like it was trying to split me in half!
Cheers Trigger, I'll have a look at the DHB shorts on Wiggle when I have a spare £15 or so. I just dropped lucky on ebay and managed to 'bag' a pair of brand new Orca Tri padded shorts for under a fiver including postage.
rootes wrote:yep is not just about padding - some of my most comfortable shorts are the thinnest - much more about the shape interface of saddle and bum.
for me it is best to find out how you fit on the saddle with little or no padding and go from there - but only if you are saddle fit to start with
The problem with the saddle I'm using is not about me being saddle un-fit, I think it's because one side of the cut-out has collapsed therefore making it uneven. I also believe that the saddle is too wide for my skinny ass.
Flinders wrote:It's certainly true that practice hardens the posterior.
I have a women's saddle with a long open central channel for ventilation, but I know they don't suit everyone. For me, it was a huge improvement on my thinly padded old saddle, which was as hot as hell itself after about 10 miles. I guess not everyone runs as hot- I have the same problem with hands, gloves rot on me. If you get a hot rear such a saddle might help, and I think it was about £40.
My cheapest shorts (just simple padded ones- + antibacterial) are fine for all but my longest rides, and the more I'm doing, the more I can do in them without resorting to the gel ones. But I do wash them (and me) immediately I'm back home after a ride.
E45 cream also helps at times.
I'm not sure if the open central channel is for me. It would have to be awful lot narrower than the one I'm riding in which all my more errrm delicate bits tend to get squished.
Thanks so much for the link. The whole blog is really interesting.
Steve Kish wrote:
Sudocreme is rubbish for in-use
I actually find this the best of the lot. It sticks skin to chamois better than any other stuff and it's this sticking that prevents the two surfaces from chafing together.
Since using this with my Decathlon red-lined shorts, I'm f-a-r more cumfy than with any other bum-butter that I've used.
Sudocreme....check! *adds to the shopping list*
wearwell wrote:Change is as good as a rest.
I've found that if it hurts then something needs changing - for better or worse. Going from good cycling chamois back to normal underpants, or from good saddle to cheapo plastic, might just relief the pain, as the pressure points are changed. Then after a while you change back again and keep alternating as necessary. You have to change (clothes or saddle) to something very different to get the benefit.
After my Lejog on a Brooks Professional my bum really hurt but was immediately OK when I went back to a Rolls San Marco, so I've been swapping things around ever since, whenever I feel the need.
In fact if I ever do a such long ride again I'll take both saddles.
Good advice. I do tend to chop and change things around. I don't always use padded shorts but as yet I've not been able to give different saddles a a go.
Cheers everyone for your input. I'm glad I asked and am finding it really interesting 'hearing' what you've all got to say about the shorts/saddle issue.