Because of the way my nerves are routed through my pelvic bone, my feet (from about the ball of my foot forward) go numb when I put pressure on my sit bones. Sitting on a curb, in certain kayaks, and some bike saddles, for more than 20 minutes will cause the numbness.
I find it interesting that women-specific saddles make the situation worse. I've done best with very narrow saddles. My all-time favorite saddle was a Julie Furtado mountain bike saddle. (It might have been my favorite because it was yellow.) Sadly, I wore that thing out years ago. I'm currently using a cheap-o saddle designed for heavy century riders. It's doing a pretty good job, and at $30, it was a steal.
I had a really awesome Fizik saddle that I sold when I was an impoverished college student. Someday, I will buy another one.
I have a brutally minimalist saddle on my mountain bike. I got it at a yard sale for free. I don't have the numbness issues with it, but it has very little padding. (Almost to the point of being cruel.)
The numbness issue has changed the way I ride, too. I get out of the saddle every ten minutes or so, for at least a minute. (As big as I am, riding out of the saddle takes a lot of energy!) I stop at least once an hour and get off the bike and stretch. By doing these things, my feet never go full-on numb, and I can ride all day.
I tried a MoonSaddle. I sent it back within days. It shifts a lot of weight to your hands, which made bike handling scary for me. And instead of getting a numb crotch after hours of riding, I was in pain within minutes. I am not knocking the saddle: for some people, they're a great option. I'm just not one of those people.
I want to try a Kontact saddle next.
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