HOW SORE OUR BITS GE T…

Cycling Plus - - CYCLING’SBIGGESTLIES -

We’ve all been there, you fin­ish a long ride and it feels like your bits are ac­tu­ally on fire. They’ve been squashed and squeezed, con­stricted and chaffed, but no cy­clist ever ad­mits to any­thing other than mild dis­com­fort. “In a bit of pain there?” by­standers ask, as we walk with legs so far apart they’re in dif­fer­ent post­codes. “Oh no,” we lie, “I’m fine.” Cy­clists, with our strongly masochis­tic bent, al­ways refuse to tell the truth about how we are, in­jury wise. Our limbs could be hang­ing off and we’ll ap­pear more con­cerned about get­ting our new Rapha top (that cost an arm and a leg in the first place) muddy.

Ev­ery cy­clist has ex­pe­ri­enced pain in the Nether­lands. It’s so bad that cy­cling in­vented spe­cial shorts to mit­i­gate against this com­plaint. We as­sume that you ride wear­ing padded shorts or tights. If you don’t, start now! Although th­ese won­drous in­ven­tions make cy­cling eas­ier on the un­der­car­riage there’s still a risk of sad­dle sore and even ab­scesses form­ing. If you’re a reg­u­lar rider chamois cream is a ne­ces­sity. Ap­ply to any of your bits and pieces that come into con­tact with the sad­dle. Users of chamois cream (and other sim­i­lar prod­ucts) no longer have to lie about how their bits feel… most of the time, at least.

NO PAIN, NO GAIN WHEN WE FIB ABOUT HOW MUCH WE’RE SUF­FER­ING AS WE WALK WITH LEGS SO FAR APART THEY’ RE IN DIF­FER­ENT POST­CODES

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