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News - quickstart bike saison 2024

Published on 02.04.2024

The days are getting longer again, the temperatures are rising, we want to spend more time outdoors and plan our first bike tours.
We have put together a few tips for you to ensure a smooth start to the new season.

If you haven't got on your bike over the winter, your training has changed or even stopped altogether and your body has adapted, you should check the saddle settings before your first ride.

1. Adjustment tips for the saddle

To be checked:
 Saddle height
Saddle tilt
Saddle offset

We have clearly explained the most important settings in the video:

2. Acclimatizing the sit bones

As our saddles are designed in such a way that the weight is distributed over the sit bones to protect the sensitive soft tissue, it may take some getting used to at first.
Especially after a longer break, the sit bones, periosteum, muscle and tendon attachments are no longer accustomed to the load. 

We recommend shorter distances at the beginning and a gradual increase in riding time.
There should be 2 days between rides to allow the irritated area to regenerate. 
The acclimatization phase can take five to six days.

> More about pain in the sit bones

3. The right pants pad

UTo speed up the acclimatization phase and minimize the forces that occur, it makes sense to wear cycling shorts with a pad that absorbs the shear forces that occur when pedalling. This friction can lead to irritation of the periosteum on the sit bones and cause pain. 

Tip from our SQlab laboratory: 

The best solution is in our SQ-Pad 10 and SQ-Pad 11 pants pads, which have a very thin layer of orthopaedic TPE gel. This gel was specially developed to absorb shear forces in the medical field.

A layer of orthopaedic TPE gel that absorbs shear forces
Perfect for underneath. The ONE10 for women and men.

4. Strengthen muscles

Spinal complaints are a common ailment and range from a slight disturbance of well-being to massive restrictions in sport and everyday life. In daily practice, it can be observed time and again how muscle imbalances, shortening and the resulting poor posture and back pain can cause even healthy spines. Excessive sitting at work and in the car encourage these poor postures. Regular exercises to specifically strengthen the back and core muscles are therefore recommended as a preventative measure. Together with Dr. Markus Knöringer, a specialist in neurosurgery, intervertebral disc and spinal surgery, we have compiled a selection of the right exercises for every level of training in our SQlab back guide.

> To the exercises

The natural pelvic movement of walking.
Transferred to cycling.

In order to keep the intervertebral discs and facet joints in motion while cycling and to prevent one-sided pressure loads, we have developed the active technology for our saddles, which enables horizontal pelvic movement, similar to walking. 

We already revised the active system for the MTB, Road and Gravel models in 2022. In 2023, we introduced the latest evolutionary stage for the active Comfort technology. The horizontal saddle movement is now even smoother and more natural.

The new active Comfort Technology 2.1 in action:

5. Ask your SQlab dealer for advice

A visit to the SQlab specialist dealer is always recommended at the start of the season. The material can be brought up to scratch again, but more importantly: the settings can be checked by a professional.
All SQlab dealers are trained in "ergonomics" and can help, advise and make the right product recommendations for all kinds of problems relating to the pelvis/buttocks, hands and feet.

> To the dealer search

6. Sit bone measurement

If you have determined that your saddle no longer meets your requirements, you can either have your sit bones measured at a dealer or take the measurement at home with our free kit. 
This will ensure that your new saddle fits like a pair of shoes. 

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