The Perfect Combination?
Whenever I start to push the mileage, I end up with a distinctly sore back-side. I’ve tried all sorts of different saddles and different set-ups - tilted up, down; moved fore and aft, a little higher & a little lower, but to no avail . . .
. . . until now.
Here’s what seems to work for me - based on the experience of Sunday’s ride :
- New shorts that haven’t had the padding pounded out of them by a thousand miles or so in the saddle. I was actually wearing the liner-shorts that came with a pair of Endura Humvee shorts . They’re kinda a freebe with the baggy shorts that I live in all summer, but they really do the trick…
- A Brooks saddle. What other make would do? In this case, it was a Brooks B17 . . . as they say on the Brooks site, "The B17 is our flagship model, ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and atb use. It has been on the market for over 100 years, being featured in as early as the 1898 catalogue ." On the market for over 100 years - a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
- Assos chamois creme , AND Sudocrem antiseptic cream . The former was applied liberally to the chamois of the shorts the night before the ride . . . and the latter to my . . . uh . . . derriere when I was dressing for the ride.
Too much information for you? Well that depends - if you’ve suffered from a sore and chafed bum on a long ride, it might give you an insight into a combination that’s worth trying. One thing I do know is that Tall Robbie who did the same ride as me, but afterwards, with far fewer preparations made involuntary wincing noises as he walked, and seemed keen to avoid sitting at all costs . . .