Possibly the origin for the internet term ‘butt hurt’ which means to be incredibly disheartened, this common condition is often not a laughing matter for those who prefer long rides. Several hours on the saddle will take a strain on the rear as the weight of your upper body is taken by your backside and also by the pelvis which is in constant motion. This motion in fact causes a friction between the seat and your bones which can leave the middle man (your buttocks) in an unfortunate and pressured condition. New saddles often take a little breaking in before they get comfortable, but again seat height can matter here, set it a little lower if you are constantly feeling raw after rides. Creams and cycle shorts that are well padded can both ease and prevent further injury in this sensitive area.
The mythical point of weakness that an otherwise strong and powerful being was undone by. This story, which now makes for a metaphor for hidden weakness does have some obvious realistic grounding, mainly your Achilles tendon. This injury is frequently suffered from by cyclists who begin to feel a strain and soreness in their calves. This however can be remedied by simply adjusting the height of your seat. A saddle that is fitted too high can easily lead to your foots position putting undue pressure near your toes. This does not allow your muscles to enter the relaxed position which they should be doing as your pedal descends and thus resulting in an inflammation. Rinse the area in a cold shower, press with ice and take a course of ibuprofen to reduce swelling while allowing yourself to heal.
On the flip side of having your seat positioned too skyward is of course having it too low, here another injury awaits unsuspecting bike riders. This pain is recognised by a discomfort under the kneecap, at the top of the shinbone. Patellar Tendonitis can also be caused by riding with too low a gear for extended periods of time, putting too much strain on your quads which eventually leads to lower muscle groups taking the burden. Ideally your seat should be at a height where your leg is virtually straight when your pedal is at its furthest from your seat. Not only will a readjustment reduce your chances of injury, but also now that all your muscles are working the correct amount you should see some improvement in your performance.
Our necks are under strain often these days thanks to constantly staring at handheld screens, biking can also exacerbate this problem. The area from the base of your skull to the top of the shoulder blades can begin to feel sore and in need of a massage after a ride if you have been in an awkward position for some time. Your posture here is the key, sitting in a more upright position should help, as will gripping your handlebars less tight. Try sitting on a friend’s bike and get them to see if your back looks straighter, if this is he case you may need to switch up the size of your frame, otherwise you may continue to have an annoying pain in the neck.