Pubic bone pain
How can you reduce the pressure on the pubic arch when cycling?
Pubic pain when cycling occurs in women due to their significantly lower pubic arch. Unpleasant pressure points are often caused by too much pressure from the saddle nose. To take the pressure off the pubic bone, it is important to choose a saddle with a lower saddle nose, which should also be as flat as possible to provide a maximum contact surface.
The pelvis of men and women difference due to the fact that women’s pelvis need to be able to facilitate giving birth. For us however, the contact to the saddle is of interest – and here, the difference is less than often assumed.
The previously rarely considered anatomical difference of women’s generally lower positioned pubic bone arch often leads to high pressure experienced on the saddle nose.
CAUSES for Pain at the pubic bone arch
Saddle too narrow
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Wrong saddle shape
Persistently high pressure on the perineum expresses less in pain but more in feelings of numbness. However, this alarm signal should always be observed. Even if “deaf” means at first that nothing is felt, so it is not a direct pain that otherwise warns us of dangers for the body.
The pressure on the sit bone can be a little uncomfortable at first – until you get used to it – but it is a sign for the right saddle. For men who need a little more space, the SQlab step saddle creates more free space and is therefore ideal.
Saddle nose too narrow
The sitting position on the saddle nose is usually taken uphill in steep terrain, with the body's centre of gravity moving forward onto the saddle nose. The flat shape of the saddle nose creates a maximum contact surface, whereby the pressure can be evenly distributed on the dam area.
While pressure on the perineal area is slightly increased, it is at acceptable levels for short durations. Pressure peaks (red), as can be seen on the pressure measurement pictures of the other saddle models, can be avoided.