So...it's been more than a month since this original post. Here is the update... I battle between a professional fit and a bike seat. The ideal would be to do both! But...money was the big factor in my decision. I went to the LBS and told them my problem. This is where I purchased the bike. They highly recommended starting with the seat (and if it didn't work out, I could bring the seat back for a full refund). The sales clerk said I had a double whammy.... 1. Male bike....needs a seat change..one built for a female. 2. To keep the cost down, the bike manufacturer puts on a cheap seat (Fuji, in this case). It's all doable if you only ride a few miles a week and never too long at a time, like an hour or two. But add more to those stats, and you are talking sore!
One of the bike seats was on sale from 131 bucks to 80 bucks. So....I started with that. I had one other choice at 150 bucks if I needed it. IT WORKED! Went to computraining today and it changed my whole outlook on that dreaded class! NO PAIN! It's a beautiful thing!
The seat is a hard gel (they didn't recommend soft gel b/c that can cause pain as well as a hard seat can. But a hard gel produces a firm, stable surface. The seat has a narrow cutout for that sensitive area.
Had I known what I know now...I wouldn't have waited as long as I did. If you are having seat issues, it is WELL worth the money to get yourself a good, quality seat that works for you!
Thanks for all your suggestions. I learned a lot from this post. Like the idea of the bike fit. Will have to save up for it. Imagine how far and fast you can go because you are in total comfort!
I think she will search out an answer given the help for everyone. Her problems are not just saddle related but position, fit, and form issues as well.
This poor lady needs a solution not just a saddle and I have to blame her coach to some point for not understanding the issue.
Yes, a saddle may be tilted up or down. Depending on the riding position and the saddle is rider specific. Once you find that spot, mark it with a digital level, as well as, every adjustment on your bike.
I have all my stuff in a file with the bike fitter (he has 1000's with videos on each person in his HD)and can have a bike set up to my specs in less that 5 min. He has special tools from Serotta and other fitting systems.
Hurting is serious especially in that area. A solution is needed.
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It's my understanding that many women prefer to have the saddle tilted up in the nose. I have seen many women's saddles that make me cringe to look at them. When I asked one rider with her saddle like this, I was told that it was fairly common positioning.
I have absolutely no knowledge to recommend this as an option. Just passing along an observation.
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In addition to the other great tips, I suggest that you lower the nose of whichever saddle you get, just a tad. I'm thinking you are stretched out a bit on your bike and when you ride, your sensitive parts are pushing too hard on the nose. Try it - it's free and may be just the answer.
I also ride a standard frame bike instead of a women's specific design. But when I got the bike, they switched the saddle out for the Trek WSD saddle and I've been very happy. I also never ride without cycling shorts.
The best suggestion is to try different saddles and find what works for you. I am not a fan of gel seat covers--they are too bulky and not really a proper fit for my taste.
Seeing as we're on an a$$ theme, your coach is talking out of his. You will NEVER toughen up your butt. Once a saddle is an ass-hatchet it will forever be one.
That said, I will never give you a recommendation. What works for me may be an ass-hatchet for you. The one thing I can say is that you need to measure the distance between your sit bones (sit on some foam, or when you're wet, sit on some concrete and measure the distance between the indents/wet spots) and get a saddle that is AT LEAST that wide.
Also make sure your saddle position in class is in EXACTLY the same position as on your roadbike (but if you're computraining you're using your own bike, right?)
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I would not take the suggestion too seriously. Everybody is different, just because you are a women doesn't mean you will need or feel right on the same saddle.
The saddle has a width to support the sits bones and you should be measured, relief for the naughty bits, and women are usually much wider (sits bones) than men. There are gel gauges for this at most bike shops, Trek or Bontrager has one, Specialized has on and saddles with specific numbers (120mm to 165mm widths just a guess) that relate to your measurements. You sit on it and you will get the measurements of you sits bones.
Have them put a test saddle on your bike and let you ride it in a trainer for a few minutes, the placement and tilt can make a huge difference.
Here are some suggestions. The Terry-try fly seat has been considered by several female friends as an excellent seat. I still use the bontrager that came on my trek-pilot road bike for women and one is on my mountain bike. A good pair of padded shorts(aka. Descente) work or whatever brand works for you. I just found this is the best of the different ones I have. And of course do not forget chamois butter. You can lube yourself or chamois or both. That reduces friction as you ride. Organic coconut oil works for me, but there are reputable things on the market for cyclists. I have a hybrid with a wider seat, which is more difficult for me, than the hard road bike seats. Lubrication is essential and thought I'd mention that, as it totally helps. But all three work in together: a good fitted seat, a good chamois in your shorts, and lubrication!
Edited by: SARACYCLE at: 12/18/2010 (10:23)
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Any recommendations for comfy bike seats for a female who does some rigorous computraining? If the seat keeps me comfy in that class, it'll be a gem out on the road! The class is an hour long and is RIGOROUS! Many of us complain our keesters are killing us. The coach claims we'll toughen up but last year I never did and this year isn't going well either. I feel ripped up and when I get home, it's actually painful to pee! I joke with DH that if I took that class, and for some reason ended up in the hospital, upon examination, a doctor might think I was sexually abused! Sorry for the graphics, but that is how awful it is.
I have a Fuji road bike and it is a man's as it fit better. So, I'm thinking the saddle is probably made for a guy as well. Also, I'm assuming they don't put the greatest of saddles on bikes necessarily.
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