As a child I was very active, and in a weight-lifting injury I damaged my Coccyx, making it very difficult to sit in the same position for long periods of time. As such, bicycling, what once was a staple joy in my life, has become painful. Is there a seat or frame design that takes pressure off the tail bone so that I can ride pain-free once again?

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    Since you ask about frame designs, you could also look into recumbents. Riding a recumbent is a more familiar sitting position than a traditional bicycle. – jimchristie May 22 '13 at 14:47
  • Moved. Like I said though, I really don't have any experience, and don't know whether it would fix your specific problem. So it might be helpful to wait around for a bit to see if you get some better suggestions. – Kibbee May 22 '13 at 14:47
  • It's bizarre, but it is specifically leaning back that hurts. For instance, sitting in my office chair I have to frequently lean forward, over my desk to relieve the pain. Yet, when I've ridden bicycles--many of which have a similar riding position that I describe--my Coccyx feels like it's on fire. I have to stop after 5 minutes. Could it just be a matter of adjusting the bike to fit? – Jonathan Landrum May 22 '13 at 14:52

A good seat should put most of the pressure sitz bones rather than the tail bone. You'll probably want to look for something like the Rido Saddle which has the back cut out and would probably minimize pressure on your coccyx. I can't say whether this type of saddle would work well for you, but in my mind it seems like it might do a good job.

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  • Thank you! Specifically, I found this saddle to be interesting. – Jonathan Landrum May 22 '13 at 14:49

you could check some of the Specialized Body Geometry saddles.

They also feature the back cut out design as recommended by Kibbee, hopefully that should take some pressure off the tail bone.

Also as they come in 3 different widths, you can choose the size that fits you best. The recommended width is determined based on the distance between the sit bones and the ridding position.

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  • Interesting! That one also seems more likely to be testable in the shop, since it's from Spec. – Jonathan Landrum May 23 '13 at 13:37

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