Bike Riding & Bladder Irritation

Bike Riding & Bladder Irritation
Bladder infections and irritation are one of the complaints that cyclists have. The bladder infection is especially common in female cyclists. You should consult a doctor if you develop irritation or an infection of the bladder caused by cycling.
 

Improper Saddle Size

If you are using the improper saddle size, you can irritate the bladder area. One way to make sure you are using the right size saddle (width) is by measuring the size of your sitz bone. The sitz bone, also known as the ischial tuberosity or sitting bone, is the lower bony part of your pelvis that you sit on. The thickness of the saddle you use is rider dependent but comfort level can also minimize irritations.

 
 

Cycling Clothing

If you don't wash your bike shorts or bibs between wear, bacteria that has collected on the chamois can enter your urinary tract and cause an infection. Also sitting in your bibs or shorts for long periods post ride may have the same effect.

Bike Fit

If a bike doesn't fit a rider properly and the rider needs to move around and shift on the bike, she can raise the risk of infection and irritation of the bladder. Have your bike properly fitted by a fit specialist at a bike shop or other location.

 

Article Written By Courtney Johnson

Courtney Johnson is a freelance sports writer and photographer based in California. Her articles and photos appear regularly in newspapers and magazines such as "Triathlete" and "Cross Country Skier." Johnson graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in media production and minor in writing. She is studying for her copy editing certificate at the University of San Diego.

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