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    pedal fast to minimize muscle ache instead pedal slow?

    do you guys pedal fast to avoid saddle sore instead of pedaling slow?

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    It's more like spinning to be more efficient.
    Saddle sore is from ill fitting shorts, excess moisture and friction.
    I've only had to deal with it once on a cross country ride from NJ to MT. I covered my butt with neosporen two times daily.
    I'm sure others have better cures than neosporen.
    I like to ride bikes.

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    Longer stem...lower bars to get the weight off your butt. Spinning at a higher cadence does lift you off the saddle a little. 90RPM is a good cadence to strive for. Get a cateye strada with cadence and teach yourself to spin at a decent RPM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    do you guys pedal fast to avoid saddle sore instead of pedaling slow?
    Actually, mashing big gears (slower pedaling) will place more weight on your feet (think SSing).

    Often saddle sores are the result of improper bike fit.
    Your saddle may be too narrow for your bones, or it may be too high resulting in a lot of rubbing as your pelvis tilts back and forth, or you are just not balanced.
    I am thinking that when I ride, I can slightly raise myself off my saddle and barely grip the bars and I am still balanced on my bike, even off-road. A good long ride (3+ hrs.) will reveal all fit-related issues. Unfortunately, the solutions are a bit more elusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Picard View Post
    do you guys pedal fast to avoid saddle sore instead of pedaling slow?
    saddle sore is not related to the rpm you pedal, or its not suppose to be anyway.

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    - my 16 YO saddle is padded and comfortable i can ride 4-5 hours everyday.
    - RPM depends on muscles variety. Generaly speaking a small guy like me gifted for marathons needs/enjoys about 90-95 rotations/minute. A more muscled guy with more power, might be around 75-82 but it is not realy related to soreness, it is more about fatigue.
    - muscles soreness is a natural thing. Here up north i remember in spring we started throwing a baseball and we had muscle soreness it is because we use a new muscle or group of muscles or in a different mouvement.
    If you have a day with more climbing than usual or just riding more than usual you can finish with a 5 minutes slowly, what we used to call a cool down period it keeps your circulation moving but generates less debris so your system can flush out the toxines. You can have a massage and you can do some stretching or yoga. Those things might diminish the soreness to come and prepare you for your next ride.

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    I pedal as fast and smooth as possible if I am trying to be efficient, not to avoid saddle sores. Maybe 80+ rpm on MTB. On a road bike 90+rpm.
    Sometimes I pedal slower too, I mix it up depending on exactly what I am doing.

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    Picard was around 9 years ago?

    wtf???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Picard was around 9 years ago?

    wtf???
    Look at his join date. I think his account reset changed some things...
    "And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called, The Human Race..."

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    Picard can easily bend the space/time continuum...
    All the gear and no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Picard can easily bend the space/time continuum...
    Is that so stuff can be inserted more easily?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mik_git View Post
    Picard can easily bend the space/time continuum...
    That could explain his rectal-cranial inversion.
    "And crawling on the planet's face, some insects called, The Human Race..."

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