How To Make Your Bike Seat More Comfortable In Spin Class

If you ever get butt hurt, join our group! We meet on Tuesdays and there are snacks.If your butt hurts because of the bike seat in your new spin class, keep reading for some tips on how to prevent saddle soreness. My First Time at Spin Class Two weeks…

If you ever get butt hurt, join our group! We meet on Tuesdays and there are snacks.If your butt hurts because of the bike seat in your new spin class, keep reading for some tips on how to prevent saddle soreness.

My First Time at Spin Class

Two weeks ago, around 1 AM when I make all my best decisions, I signed up for 4 days in a row of morning spin classes.

When the alarm went off at 6:45AM, I reluctantly dragged my butt out of bed, threw on a workable spin class outfit (read: all black) and drove to my indoor cycling class at Hype Silverlake.

I picked out a spin bike in the second row and clipped in. (This was significantly less fun than choosing which carousel animal to ride. Mostly because none of the bikes were shaped like dragons.)
The first thing I noticed? Bike seats are not comfortable. In fact, after a minute, my butt was sore from sitting on the saddle. Only 44 minutes to go!

My quads groaned when we stood. My hamstrings didn’t want to go up any hills. My inner green monster raged at the Roadrunner-like speed my fellow spin class attendees’ legs were moving.

But the worst part was sitting on that incredibly uncomfortable bike saddle. My butt hurt all day long after class. And not just when I went up the stairs. It hurt when I sat and enjoyed my oat milk latte.

Why Does My Butt Hurt After Spin Class? And What Can I Do?

It’s probably because you’re putting pressure on your Ischial Tuberosities (that’s your sit bones if you don’t speak fluent Latin.)

Most indoor bike seats are fitted to an average width, so if yours are narrower or wider, you’ll probably experience some post-class butt soreness in the beginning.

But, I spoke with Leah Kercheville, the YAS and Schwinn certified indoor cycling instructor who led my third class. She’s been teaching cycling for four years and provided some pointers on how I could avoid saddle soreness in the future.

How to Sit on a Bike Saddle

If you’re sitting and you’re uncomfortable, it’s possible you haven’t adjusted your bike properly or you’re sitting incorrectly.

Kercheville explains, “If you are leaning towards the narrow part of the seat with your pelvis tipped forward, all the pressure will be on your delicate beautiful lady parts. Sit towards the back of the seat and tip your pelvis back.” The back of the seat is where the saddle is the “cushiest.”

If you’re having trouble visualizing what she means, think of it this way: “Drop or even curl your tailbone to the floor: No Kardashian booty! If you are pulling your navel towards your spine, you will have less resting body weight on the saddle.” Also, hello abs.


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