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The discomfort or pain felt in the buttocks area due to an uncomfortable saddle.

Example usage: I had to stop cycling because of saddle-stress.

Most used in: Countries where cycling is popular.

Most used by: Cyclists who use the same saddle for long rides.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 0/10

Also see: Saddle soreness, Saddle discomfort, Saddle pain, Saddle fatigue,


What is Saddle-Stress?

Saddle-stress is a term used to describe the physical strain cyclists experience from riding in the saddle of a bicycle. This strain can range from minor discomfort to more serious pain in the lower back, hips, knees, and other areas of the body.

Statistics show that up to 90% of cyclists experience some degree of saddle-stress. This can be attributed to the fact that most cyclists don’t use the correct saddle or fit the saddle to their body correctly, which can lead to discomfort and pain while cycling.

The best way to prevent saddle-stress is to ensure that your saddle is fitted correctly to your body. This could involve adjusting the saddle height, angle, and position. It is also important to select a saddle that is the right size and shape for your body.

Saddle-stress can be a serious issue for cyclists and can affect their ability to ride safely and comfortably. By taking the time to ensure that your saddle is fitted correctly and is the right size and shape for your body, you can reduce your risk of saddle-stress and improve your cycling experience.

The History of Saddle-Stress in Cycling

The term “saddle-stress” was first used in the context of cycling to describe the strain placed on the body from sitting on a bicycle saddle for long periods of time. This term was first used in the early 1900s in Europe, when bicycles first became popular.

The cause of saddle-stress was mainly attributed to the design of the bicycle saddle. During this time, bicycle saddles were designed to be rigid and uncomfortable, which caused a great deal of pressure on the rider’s body. This pressure could cause pain, numbness, and even long-term damage to the body.

In response to this issue, saddle manufacturers began to design more comfortable saddles that would reduce the strain on the rider’s body. This led to the introduction of “saddle-stress” as a term to describe the strain placed on the body from sitting on a bicycle saddle for extended periods of time.

Today, saddle-stress is still an issue for cyclists, as the wrong saddle can still cause discomfort and even long-term damage. As such, cyclists should pay attention to the design of their saddle to ensure that it is comfortable and will not cause any pain or strain on their body.

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