Recurved Bike Seat

Upper Butt PainI have been talking with Mike at Bacchetta bike regarding the extreme pain in my upper butt area, which he refers to as Recumbutt.  I initially called to discuss the EuroMesh seat ($265); rather than quickly sell me a seat he offered to see if my current set up could be improved.

To this end Mike asked me to send some pictures of me on my bike for evaluation purposes.  Talk about super fast response and initial suggestions!  He replied the same day the pictures were sent.

I purchased the bike from Wheel and Sprocket in Hales Corner WI (see earlier post), but have ordered several accessory items from Bacchetta.  Within the short time I have dealt with Bacchetta I have been VERY impressed with both their service and desire to help their customers.  Okay, so much for the sales pitch (good companies deserve a plug now and then).

After reviewing my pictures,

Test Set Up Images

Mike suggested two things to start with:

  1. when my heel is on the pedal I should not be stretching my leg out so much (seat needed to be moved forward)
  2. I should try reclining my seat by two support tube holes (the pins were in the 5th hole from the bottom)

Bottom line: I moved the support tube pins to the 7th hole and moved the seat forward about 3/4“.  I will now send Mike updated photographs.

I did ride about 30 minutes at a high Zone 2 heart rate after the changes; things felt good.  Tomorrow I will do a longer Zone 1 ride and see how my Recumbutt is doing.

Added Note (January 26): I have ridden several  times for 60+ minutes at one time without any indication of upper butt pain.  Hopefully my Recumbutt problem has been solved.  Now, I need to talk with Mike about the further adjustments to the handle bar column and the handle bar itself he made reference to.


Bike Seat

After putting on 500+ miles of riding and ~20 hours of stationary exercise on the Giro 20, I have decided to investigate a different seat.

Recurve SeatThe bike came standard with their Recurve Seat, and I am having a lot of problems with extereme pain in the upper portion of my butt after long periods ‘in the saddle’ so to speak.  This has occurred pretty much since I was able to bike for an hour or more.  I have tried changing the seat angle without much success.  In general, it has gotten worse with the stationary biking, and I am somewhat concerned about being able to bike for long periods when going cross country.

Euromesh SeatI plan on calling the Bacchetta Company to discuss the Euromesh seat.  This seat appears to have more of a curved area when you sit and may spread the butt pressure over a wider area, thus more support and less pain.  These seats are rather expensive ($265) so I am hoping they have a used one I could try out for a week or so if I am willing to pay the postage both ways.  All they can say is no; murder is illegal.

My Bacchetta Giro 20

Well, I plunked down my hard earned shekels on a Giro 20 today.  It is a lot of money for me to spend.  Thankfully my wife was a willing participant with this endeavor.  She has been supportive of my taking this trip; thanks sweetie.

Bacchetta Giro 20

The bike, as stated earlier, is a 2012 model Bacchetta Giro 20.  Wheel and Sprocket had a 2011 model which would have saved several hundred dollars, BUT (isn’t there always a BUT) I needed a long frame model so had to go for the current model year.  Personally, I like the older model because of the red color (I am an Arkansas Razorback fan); oh, well.

The front chain ring is 30T, 42T, 52T, and the rear sprocket is 11T, 13T, 15T, 17T, 20T, 23T, 26T, 30T, 34T.  The crank length is 170mm.  The bike has the re-curved seat.  Everything on the bike is standard equipment.  This is available on the Bacchetta website.

The front rim 20″ in diameter (~62 7/8″) with 32 spokes; the rear is 26″ diameter (~81 5/8″ circumference) with 32 spokes.

I was not able to try out the ‘EuroMesh‘ seat as there was not one available to try.  There were two posts on a blog talking about using the ‘EuroMesh‘ seat on long distance biking because is was less susceptible to rain damage and tended to dry out faster.  Both the Wheel and Sprocket people and the Bacchetta people recommended the standard re-curve seat for long distance riding.  I went with their suggestion as I had no better information to go on.

I did purchase a number of accessories with the bike, and will cover those in another post.

As an aside:  I am trying to include a lot of links in these posts.  In many blogs people talked about this bike or that accessory but failed to identify it sufficiently to make an easy find on the internet.  Hopefully people will be able to quickly research any item of interest that I list.

Added Note: November 20, 2012 – I just went over 500 miles (~80 days) since buying the bike.  There have been no problems with it.  I am still happy I bought this brand and feel much more comfortable & confident riding a recumbent now.