butt burn


The burning sensation in the buttocks that cyclists experience from sitting on the bike seat for an extended period of time.

Example usage: 'I had to take a break from my ride because my butt-burn was too unbearable.'

Most used in: Long distance cycling events.

Most used by: Road cyclists and mountain bikers.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Climbing Pain, Leg Burn, Thigh Burn, Quad Burn,


What is Butt-Burn in Cycling?

Butt-burn is a term used to describe the discomfort cyclists feel in their buttocks during long rides. It is caused by the repeated pressure on the delicate nerves and tissues in the lower back and buttocks. This sensation is especially common in cyclists who are new to the sport or who have not built up their endurance yet.

Statistics show that the average recreational cyclist will experience butt-burn after about an hour of riding. Long-distance riders and competitive cyclists can experience it after two to three hours of cycling. The longer the ride, the more intense the discomfort can become.

There are several ways to reduce the discomfort associated with butt-burn. One of the most effective methods is to use a well-padded cycling seat. This helps to reduce the pressure on the nerves in the lower back and buttocks. Other solutions include adjusting the bike's saddle height, using a special cycling shorts, and taking regular breaks during long rides.

Butt-burn is an uncomfortable but common sensation for cyclists. It can be managed and reduced with the right tools and techniques. With proper care and preparation, cyclists can enjoy long rides without the discomfort of butt-burn.


The Origin of the Term 'Butt-Burn' in Cycling

The term 'butt-burn' is a colloquial expression used to describe the pain and discomfort experienced by cyclists in their lower back and buttocks. It is believed that the term was first used in the UK in the mid-1980s, when mountain biking started to become increasingly popular. The term was used to describe the sensation of the rider’s bottom becoming inflamed due to the rough terrain and long rides.

By the early 1990s, the term had caught on in the US and was widely used by riders to describe the pain and discomfort they experienced when cycling. Although the term is still used by cyclists today, the prevalence of padded shorts and improved bike design has somewhat reduced the discomfort associated with butt-burn.

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