FAQ - Running and Bicycling - FAQ

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Stevie
FAQ - Running and Bicycling - FAQ

I get asked specific questions about these two outdoor activities all time in person and via email and I thought I would put a few here.  If you have something you're curious about or have always wondered about, put it here and I'll make up an answer.

   

   

Stevie
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Here's one for starters...

Dear Steve,
My husband and I have purchased bicyles and when we ride in the afternoons, even though we have the wider seats, our bottoms hurt after 20 or 30 minutes.  What can we do?

Sincerely,
Deanna Keister

Dear Ms. Keister,
Even diehard bicyclists have an adjusting period when they climb on after taking a few winter months off.  We use the narrow racing saddles but until we toughen ourselves up, it can get tender there.  With you using a wider touring seat, I would recommend a padded synthetic wool seatcover.  Even with the pad, it will take several rides to toughen you up back there too, so be patient.

Steve

 

STaRDoGG
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lol, that reminds me of City Slickers: "Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' ... Keep them Doggies Rollin' ... MAN my A*S is Swollen ... Raw HIDEEE".

I've never tried wool, but the gel seat I have isn't too bad. Still takes some adjustment like you mentioned. Much better than the banana seat with sissy-bars I used to use have on it.  I keed, I keed. ;)

 

 

Hot2na
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dear stevie:

i am mad about my treadmill. mad as in head over heals. now, lifecycle has a seat of the devil. i know my a$$ isn't bony. what can i do to make the seat more comfortable, besides try to rig up a different seat?

signed,

the-not-so-bony-butt 2na

keeper of the whip!I am Keeper Of The Whip!

Stevie
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For starters, I would go to a cycling store and buy a pair of real cycling shorts.  These Lycra shorts are specialized and have an anatomical pad sewn into the "sit bone" area.  This pad will distribute and even out the pressure points and because of they are snug fitting, they will not shift or cause chafing.  In males, the pad has an added benefit of keeping everything pushed out of the way so that the ride isn't inturrupted by shifting contents.

That's why we wear bike shorts!

Hot2na
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get out! i'm almost embarrassed that i never thought of that. here all this time husband has been putting a pillow, or folded towels, and all i do is slip off! okay, online shopping....here i come.

keeper of the whip!I am Keeper Of The Whip!

Vash the Stampede
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umm they might be sold at the gap if you know what i mean. :$

STaRDoGG
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Oh I'm so thinking we need a photograph of you in these biker shorts so we can get a better understanding of how they fit ;-)

 

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OR NOT!! LOL!! ;p

iamthedevil
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That's why we wear bike shorts!

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I always thought it was because they are so, um... fashionable.

Stevie
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[quote=iamthedevil]

[quote=Stevie]

That's why we wear bike shorts!

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I always thought it was because they are so, um... fashionable.

[/quote]Early on off-roading, I told myself I was not going to wear those sissy bike shorts.  I wore cutoffs once (ugh! never again) and then went to padded mountain bike shorts or Lycra bike shorts.  It wasn't long before I succumbed mostly to the sissy shorts.  Haha!  Much easier to do a 1-2 hour wet, muddy ride in.  Water and mud rolls off and you don't get weighted down or hung up on your seat.

Here's me unabashed and unashamed waiting for a hose after a muddy one.  :)

Stevie
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Dear Steve,
Where I live is real buggy.  How do you keep bugs out of your mouth and nose when you run or bike?

Answer:
Bugs can be a real problem.  One time I was on my road bike and a large bug and I met paths.  Actually, I was going fast and he flew right into my mouth and slammed into the back of my throat.  It was fast so I don't know what kind it was.  I just saw big a black thing.  But it was bigger than a housefly and smaller than a bumblebee.  I tried to cough it up but it wanted to crawl down in the opposite direction.

I yelled to it that it was going the wrong way and I know it heard me because my voice was right there where he was.  So I had this big bug ignoring my escape instructions and scrambling around deep in my throat, and I decided to swallow it by pushing it down with a swig of water.  He went down the slide to hell, but that f*cker crawled and scratched all the way down like an unchewed corn chip.

So.  I try to learn from unpleasant experiences and I figured out a way to keep from swallowing bugs.

If there are bugs flying around, what you do is get in the habit of keeping the tip of your tongue pressed right behind your front upper teeth. You can still huff and puff out of your mouth but it creates a filter where bugs will now stop in your cheek or under your tongue and you can then spit them out and try to hit road signs.  Cool!
 

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