Sadly, I think I have to accept that the seat that came with my Felt Z100 has got to go. I’ve put over a hundred miles on the bike since I bought it, and while I’ve gotten somewhat acclimated to the seat, there’s discomfort that is just not going away.
Thanks to fellow cyclists and the wonderful rabbit-hole that is The Internet…
…I’ve learned some things:
- I thought I couldn’t adjust the angle of my bike seat (tilt it up or down), but I may be able to, by rotating the stem 180 degrees.
- An estimated 30% of pro women cyclists end up having to undergo some kind of genital surgery. (!!!)
- There is such a thing as an assometer, for measuring the width of your sit bones.
- Those no-nose saddles look weird, but may be a good option as they’re supposed to completely eliminate pressure on, um, the parts that are hurting.
Mainly I just have a lot of anxiety and uncertainty about all this. I don’t want to spend more money, but I also don’t want to be in pain or cause long-term health problems. It’s going to be awkward at the bike shop, discussing where things are hitting and where I’m experiencing pain and pressure, but I think it has to be done.