Sad­dle, Sore: Ride Com­fort­able, Ride Happy, 2nd Edi­tion

writ­ten by Molly Hur­ford re­viewed by Tara Nolan

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - BOOKS & FILMS -

My re­cent rigid fat-bike pur­chase made me re­al­ize that I’ve taken my dual sus­pen­sion for granted. I ob­tained a copy of Molly Hur­ford’s up­date of her 2014 book Sad­dle, sore as I was lament­ing my new­found dis­com­fort. The book is a great re­fresher about the im­por­tance of treat­ing your, um, lady parts right on your bike.

That means I need to find my “sad­dle soul­mate” for this new ride as no two sad­dles are alike. As Hur­ford ex­plains, there’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween male and fe­male anatomy, and how we sit on a bike. A proper sad­dle (it’s wise to test a few), the right chamois and a bike fit can all lead to a more com­fort­able ride.

“For some­one as loud-mouthed as I can be, I shut up quick when faced with talk­ing about my [whis­per] vagina,” con­fesses Hur­ford in her in­tro­duc­tion. Some­one had to take charge and pro­vide this ad­vice, and once again, Hur­ford has used a friendly, frank con­ver­sa­tional ap­proach. From preg­nancy to menopause, cramps to sad­dle sores, Hur­ford has con­sulted with doc­tors and coaches to pro­vide ap­pli­ca­ble tips and sound ad­vice. She’s even in­cluded a brief sec­tion for male rid­ers who need some ad­vice on re­liev­ing dis­com­forts of their own.

This is such a use­ful book and should be a must-read for new rid­ers, es­pe­cially young women who may shy away from the im­por­tant ques­tions – bike shops, take note.

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