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14 May 2012 @ 09:56 am
Lots of serious cyclists have padded bike shorts. Why this rather than a cushier saddle?
I'm feeling: curiouscurious
metagnatmetagnat on May 14th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
The bustle is out?
born from jets!!!catness on May 14th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
I honestly don't think the cushiest saddle would make a difference unless it made pedaling awkward as hell.
Chipceo on May 14th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
The padding is more for keeping your nether regions dry and unchafed than for cushiness. Excessively cushy saddles can lead to more discomfort than firmer ones, as they put more pressure on the softer tissues between your sit bones. I am informed that saddles with a cutout in the middle are a must for women, but obviously can't speak from personal experience there (I do have a cutout men's saddle and like it.)
Renata Piper: usb ooh-la-lalyonesse on May 14th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
lined shorts stop chafing, cushy seats don't.

(i speak as someone who has chafelessly ridden a century on a banana seat.)
tickles, the angry lemurclara_girl on May 14th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)

I have yet to try the goop or powder, but i'm embarking on a ~100mi ride in a few weeks. i'll report back!

(all this only seems to make a difference on a road bike for more than 20 miles. less than that and anything goes. also, i rode a 3speed for a few 20 mile rides, with no special clothing and all was fine.)
lazyzlazyz on May 15th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
My neighbor who rides responded:
I would say because big cushy seats are not always that comfortable...rubbing on thighs or to bouncy of a ride. You can purchase padded briefs to be worn under your pants or shorts, which would be another option. Bike shorts are best for comfort on longer rides and have good support for muscles and are cooler for the summer season.
Stephanie Sweet