I 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,
Mike suggested two things to start with:
- when my heel is on the pedal I should not be stretching my leg out so much (seat needed to be moved forward)
- 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.