Saddle, Sore: Ride Comfortable, Ride Happy, 2nd Edition
written by Molly Hurford reviewed by Tara Nolan
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.