Extra comfort for ht?

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Extra comfort for ht?

Postby tezboy1234 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 08:20 am

Anyone have any suggestions for comfort upgrades on a hardtail mtb? I had'nt been out on my bike fo a good few months, mainly due to the weather. I thought i could carry on were i left off. I was wrong!

Before i stopped, i was doing 24 miles pretty much daily, and i had no problems. I often wanted to carry on further but never knew were to go. The other day i got back in the saddle and went on my usual route. The first 12 miles was awesome, i flew down there, the weather was nice and i was loving it! Then, i started the journey back. It was the polar opposit. Almost instantly, my rear end and the palms of my hands started killing me, then my legs started going and my energy just dissappeared.

I averaged 14mph on the way there, and 3-8 mph on the way back, lol.. The wind weren't even that strong, but felt like gale force to me. At one point i even walked a little. I was wincing at just the thought of mounting the bike again, such was the discomfort. I've never experienced anything like this before, i've never found anything that physically uncomfortable, weather running, circuit training, whatever.

I guess upgrades to the bar, stem and seatpost could add comfort, and suggestions would be welcome. But i would really like suggestions for bike gloves, perhaps thick padded or gel ones, and also, and perhaps most importantly, suggestions for saddles.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby cooldad » Thu Feb 21, 2013 08:44 am

Or if it was fine before just ride a bit and things will stop hurting.
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Postby welshkev » Thu Feb 21, 2013 08:53 am

cooldad wrote:Or if it was fine before just ride a bit and things will stop hurting.


this ^^^^^^

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:21 am

Is this all on road? I find my mountain bikes very uncomfortable on road but fine off road because of the time I spend out of the saddle giving my ars* a rest. The riding position is all wrong for riding in one position on the bike for hours which is why road bikes have a different riding position.

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Postby chez_m356 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 15:09 pm

tezboy1234 wrote:Anyone have any suggestions for comfort upgrades on a hardtail mtb? I had'nt been out on my bike fo a good few months, mainly due to the weather. I thought i could carry on were i left off. I was wrong!

Before i stopped, i was doing 24 miles pretty much daily, and i had no problems.
there's your problem, you stopped riding, keep riding, things will stop hurting and your fitness will return
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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby 70\'sPenguin » Thu Feb 21, 2013 17:59 pm

Yup, its not the bike, its you im afraid. You have just learned the hard way how fast you can lose fitness and bike conditioning after a sizeable break. I recon we have all done it. Build up slowly and don't worry about distance and time.

Personally i wouldn't advise padded gloves for mtb. I just dont feel they give the right amount of grip required as your hands tend to move around due to the squidgyness too much. Changing grip will give more support if needed. You could try the ESI chunkies as they are made of silicone and take out a lot of trail and road chatter.

Some gel padded shorts or liners could help also?

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby MTB1997 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 20:19 pm

Maybe consider some well padded shorts and gloves? I would certainly say they make a big difference :)

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby Martin19681968 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 22:05 pm

I find these grips very comfortable http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Chunky-Blue-E ... 3cc12d0cff

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby Murphybarnes » Sat Feb 23, 2013 18:29 pm

Jesus. Gel gloves? Energy? Hand placement? Are you sure you're weren't having a stroke? 20 miles plus a day is an awesome amount of clicks to be knocking off daily. I would love to have the time/fitness to accomplish that. Speak to your neurosurgeon. He may recommend more bananas.
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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby Murphybarnes » Sat Feb 23, 2013 18:33 pm

If it's road work, then bar ends, nothing else settles the pain quite like 'em.
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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby bennett_346 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 19:39 pm

Murphybarnes wrote:Jesus. Gel gloves? Energy? Hand placement? Are you sure you're weren't having a stroke? 20 miles plus a day is an awesome amount of clicks to be knocking off daily. I would love to have the time/fitness to accomplish that. Speak to your neurosurgeon. He may recommend more bananas.

Are you sure you're not having a stroke? :?

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby cooldad » Sat Feb 23, 2013 20:50 pm

bennett_346 wrote:
Murphybarnes wrote:Jesus. Gel gloves? Energy? Hand placement? Are you sure you're weren't having a stroke? 20 miles plus a day is an awesome amount of clicks to be knocking off daily. I would love to have the time/fitness to accomplish that. Speak to your neurosurgeon. He may recommend more bananas.

Are you sure you're not having a stroke? :?

Just a little hissy fit I think.
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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby Lagrange » Sat Feb 23, 2013 21:26 pm

You have colo-rectal cancer -go to hospital NOW.

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby tezboy1234 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 07:09 am

Nope, no hissy fit or anything like that, lol.. Just giving a little insight as to why i want some upgrades..

I saw a review on road bike of the year, may have been last years, One of the cheaper bikes wich was expected to be one of the most uncomfortable, actually turned out to be the most comfortable. This was partially down to the saddle, but massively down to the seatpost. The guy added pressure to show how it flexed.

This it what i'm after really, some suggestions for good upgrades from people who have experience with them. I need to get as much info as i can before i make a purchase. This is because my local bike shop closed and i don't know anyone in the know when it comes to bikes. So everything to me is a shot in the dark, i cant see these things in the flesh or try em out. My only source of knowledge is the net, mainly bikeradar.

Heres what i'm after upgrading... saddle, seatpost, stem, handlebar and wheelset... Ideally, drop a little weight and add a little comfort and durability. As for the wheelset, tubeless or standard? And what about tyres and tubes.

All product suggestions and insights will be welcome.

Thanks!

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby Murphybarnes » Sun Feb 24, 2013 07:20 am

They meant me, not you, but I wasn't intending sarcasm, hey ho I just thought bar ends might help. My body locks up with hours of arms locked in the same position, especially doing those kinda miles every day.
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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby tezboy1234 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 07:30 am

Oh, lol... yeah i got bar ends on already.. got the cube intergrated ones to go with the bike, but they aint the most comfortable either, look good but far too small.. shouldn't be hard to find better ones though if need be. its buying the other stufff i'm clueless on.

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby 70\'sPenguin » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:02 am

tezboy1234 wrote:Nope, no hissy fit or anything like that, lol.. Just giving a little insight as to why i want some upgrades..

I saw a review on road bike of the year, may have been last years, One of the cheaper bikes wich was expected to be one of the most uncomfortable, actually turned out to be the most comfortable. This was partially down to the saddle, but massively down to the seatpost. The guy added pressure to show how it flexed.

This it what i'm after really, some suggestions for good upgrades from people who have experience with them. I need to get as much info as i can before i make a purchase. This is because my local bike shop closed and i don't know anyone in the know when it comes to bikes. So everything to me is a shot in the dark, i cant see these things in the flesh or try em out. My only source of knowledge is the net, mainly bikeradar.

Heres what i'm after upgrading... saddle, seatpost, stem, handlebar and wheelset... Ideally, drop a little weight and add a little comfort and durability. As for the wheelset, tubeless or standard? And what about tyres and tubes.

All product suggestions and insights will be welcome.

Thanks!


^^^ this has nothing to do with your original post! What you said basically prompted the unanimous response that you need to ride more.

What you are now saying is a little different. What I don't understand is why upgrades would help comfort when you seemed perfectly comfortable before doing 24+ miles and still wanting to do more?

Weight, on the other hand, is a different matter and one that people can definitely help with.

Wheels - stans rims from superstar components. Best weight/ performance vfm out there
Tyres - schwalbe evo Fred's, Rons or Ralph's. Conti RaceKing Supersonics
Stem KCNC from eBay
Bars KCNC bones from XC racer

Tubeless makes sense with stans rims and both schwalbe and continental work well tubeless with decent compounds and sidewalls. Light tubes are ok but the lighter the tyre the less puncture proof so I'd say tubeless for peace of mind.(barring sharp rocks)

Saddles are 100% personal choice. Specialized bg range can be comfy when fitted correctly but my ars* hates them. Most people seem to love the charge spoon and for less than £20 its a good start. I personally love my SDG Bel Air and can usually ride about 30 miles unpadded.

The fitter you are and the ore 'bike' conditioned the more comfy and the lighter your bike will feel.

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby tezboy1234 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:58 am

70's penguine...

Sorry for any confusion, and thanks for the suggestions, i'll look in to them and see if i can find any reviews.

I wouldn't go as far as to say it nothing to do with my original post though. Although your right that one of the conclusions people would make, would be to ride more and comfort and fitness will improve. And yes, i was ok before, but that doesn't mean improvements can't be made. I mean, although i could do it well eneough, i weren't exactly the most comfortable rider in the world. And in fairness to myself, i started the post by saying 'Can anyone make any suggestions for comfort upgrades on a hardtail'.. I then give a few reasons as to why i want upgrades, and the final paragraph is asking for people to give suggestions for upgrades for, bar, stem, seatpost, saddle and gloves. And on top of that, the post is titled 'Comfort upgrades for a ht' lol

Perhaps i should have metioned weight reduction also, but thought that would be a given when it comes to upgrades. For me, an upgrade would be, reduced weight with added comfort and durability.

But again, sorry for the confusion, weren't intended. Cheers!

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby FocusZing » Sun Feb 24, 2013 19:18 pm

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Re: Extra comfort for ht?

Postby RockmonkeySC » Mon Feb 25, 2013 13:38 pm

If you want a bike which is comfortable for road riding then how about a road bike?


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