My book, “Saddle, Sore: Ride Comfortable, Ride Happy,” was the first guide to answer all of your embarrassing, awkward or just plain weird questions about the bike and how to make riding more comfortable, with less chafing, numbness, pain or skin issues like saddle sores. Because I wanted to celebrate mountain bike World Championships coming to North America this weekend, I figured it was a great time to run a huge sale on the Kindle version of my book that’s all about how to make riding a bike a better experience, “Saddle, Sore: Ride Comfortable, Ride Happy.” Looking back, this book is one of my proudest accomplishments because it opened up so many conversations at a time when people just weren’t talking about ride comfort. I’ve hosted tons of talks, chatted with hundreds of strangers about seriously intimate and important stuff, and helped at least a few women start riding again after they thought they simply weren’t built for cycling. That’s huge.
OK, why you need it, or should consider sending it as a gift to a new cyclist you know:
If you were on a ride and sprained your ankle, would you say something to the group you were riding with? Obviously, you wouldn’t just suffer in silence. But what about when you’re out on a ride and you realize that you’ve gone completely numb ‘down there,’ or you’re chafing so badly you’re afraid you’re bleeding? Most people don’t speak up in that case. Most will suffer in silence, come home and have no idea why they have massive saddle sores—if they realize what a saddle sore even looks like—or how to treat it.
Your level of experience doesn’t matter. I know riders from beginners to pros who have questions about their bodies that they aren’t comfortable asking bike shop employees, coaches or even their doctors. We’ve been conditioned not to talk in public about our nether-regions, and that lack of communication is hurting our riding—making it a lot less fun.
Riding shouldn’t be uncomfortable. You shouldn’t be getting saddle sores every ride. Cramping shouldn’t make you cry on the bike. And you shouldn’t be wearing your underwear with your bike shorts.
In this second edition, gynecologist, doctors, naturopaths, saddle makers, chamois designers, pelvic floor specialists, midwives, team soigneurs, and more, come together to provide their best tips. You’ll learn how to diagnose and treat saddle sores, how to choose a saddle and chamois, whether a pad is better than a tampon, what causes numbness on the bike, how to get back to riding after pregnancy, and so much more. You’ll also find new chapters—including a section for male riders—and many questions that have been asked and answered since the first edition came out in 2014.