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8/5/08 10:11 A

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KATZ:
The problem with saddles is that everyone's different so what works for me may not work for you... I agree with the others about adjusting seat angle first, make sure it's not nose down but level or even slightly nose up. If you've been fitted properly then it's likely to be a saddle issue. If you've not had your bike fitted than that's the first place to start.

You can also measure the distance between your sit bones using a tape measure. The saddle wants to be at least this wide so that you're not sitting off the end of it. Once you know this measurement you can get saddle testing. Make sure you know your original saddle height and fore-aft measurement so that you can install the new one in the same position.

This is what happened to me - the stock saddle on my roadbike was far too narrow and really not doing what it should do. So I ended up chasing around and trying several saddles (of different brands) to find one that fit. I actually found two Selle Italia ones - the one that's the most comfy is on my Cyclocross bike, the one with the cut-out is on my roadbike. I need the cut-out to prevent numbness when in the aerobars.



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8/4/08 8:22 P

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if your bike shop does bike fittings they can measure the distance between your sits bones (you sit on this thing and you leave a mark, then they measure from there) bontrager has a 90 day trial and the packages are marked to match your size (as measured by someone who knows how).

i learned that from a bike clinic.

i have a terry saddle (have never been officially measured) in the spring time i start with some gel bike shorts, my bones ache when i start putting in the miles, this time of year i have less padding and my bones don't ache.for long road rides i use some kind of cream to prevent chaffing in sensative areas.

i would try changing seat angle and seat height first before getting a new seat or shorts. i had my seat moved forward and tilted slightly up, now i am sitting on the part of the seat i should be on and i am not sliding foward. minor adjustments can make a big difference.



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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
8/4/08 3:30 P

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Katz

I had the same problem. I was able to get a slight fix through the tilt of the saddle. The rest came through a good pair of padded shorts. There are still times when I get sore but I try to correct from going to regular riding to aero riding. Sometimes I just stand and stretch.

Jim

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KATZNHUND's Photo KATZNHUND Posts: 108
8/4/08 1:33 P

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Looks like the stock is a Specialized Lithia

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It seems like a decent saddle, its not bottom of the line or anything.

I only manage to get on my bike once or twice a week for longer rides on the weekends. I do 2 spinning classes during the week. My weekend rides have been around 30-35 miles for the last month.

I've only really been logging my miles for the last month but I would say I've got at least 200 on this saddle.

I figured I would just get used to it. I don't know if I need to give it more time or switch. I'd like to start upping my miles and be doing at least 50 one day and 20-30 on another day by the end of August. I just don't want being uncomfortable in the saddle to hold me back with my training.

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HEYPUTTHATDOWN's Photo HEYPUTTHATDOWN Posts: 261
8/4/08 12:50 P

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Katz,

How many miles do you have in the saddle this year? What is your usual number of rides per week and at what length?

What saddle do you have, this www.ajssportinggoods.com/lifesports/
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is the stock seat on the Dolce Comp from what I could tell.

I have a Bontrager Race Basic which from what I can tell gets absolutely horrible reviews; I guess I've just gotten used to it.

Bob

Edited by: HEYPUTTHATDOWN at: 8/4/2008 (12:49)
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JOANN562's Photo JOANN562 Posts: 2,478
8/4/08 12:40 P

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No recommendations...but I think that bike shops will let you try out some of the higher-end seats prior to purchasing. Maybe you can try to determine where the problem is?

I am curious to hear others recommendations as well. Always looking for a more comfy seat! ;-)



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KATZNHUND's Photo KATZNHUND Posts: 108
8/4/08 12:32 P

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Yep, I've got several pairs of cycling shorts. And I've not had a problem with chafing, just pain. My sit bones get really sore. They feel fine today, don't feel bruised or anything. It just makes those last few miles really un-enjoyable because almost all I can think about it how much I don't want to be sitting in the saddle any more.

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LOAFYLAW Posts: 450
8/4/08 12:31 P

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Oops - my bike is a Giant women's bike - don't know where Canon came from!

Trying to stay fit, healthy, happy, and motivated


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LOAFYLAW Posts: 450
8/4/08 12:27 P

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No recommendation on saddle, but two questions. One, are you wearing well-padded bike shorts and two, do you use any type of butt butter (which would only help with chafing, not general pain)? I use the saddle that came with my Canon bike and haven't had any problems - switching positions helps too.

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KATZNHUND's Photo KATZNHUND Posts: 108
8/4/08 12:19 P

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I put in another 37.5 miles on Sunday. This is my third or fourth ride at that distance. I find that pretty consistently my butt starts killing me around 20-25 miles.

I'm riding on the saddle that came with my bike (dolce comp). I kept thinking I just needed to break it in but I would think that I'm past that point by now.

So my question is, is it me or the saddle. Am I not giving my body enough time to adjust to being in the saddle that long or is it time to maybe get a saddle upgrade?

I had a terry butterfly years ago but I broke it (rail popped out). So then I just got something that seemed like it would be comfy right away (the MS 150 was 2 weeks away) so I got a Terry Gellisimo.

It has been a while since I was putting in rides over 20 miles but I don't remember having the discomfort before.

If it is time for a saddle upgrade what would you recommend?

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