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1/31/14 11:33 P

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Because I have done a couple century rides and currently put a lot of miles on my bike, I decided to get a comfortable saddle. Like most things I really believe it is a personal choice. I ended up choosing the Terry Falcon which has the split in the saddle but is much narrower than their other saddles made for women. Terry is an outstanding company and they will let you try it once you buy it you have ( I think 30 or 60 days) in which you ride and figure out whether you like it or not. Not a bad strategy considering how much they cost. This one is specifically designed for women. My last century ride ended up being better. Remember one thing, you will only get so much "comfort" I mean it is a narrow saddle after all.
The main reason I did not go for padding or wider saddle is because I was having pain in my hips when I rode, narrow saddle = more comfort for me. And really when you put a lot of miles on your bike narrow, smaller, and less padding I have found is so much better. It sounds counter intuitive I know, but that is what I found to be true.

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1/4/14 6:20 P

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Have you tried a Specialized BG Riva (ladies) saddle. I use one of these and they are very comfy, female specific and not hugely expensive. 25 (in the UK where everything is more expensive, I think).
Worth a look anyway.
A good saddle that fits your rear end is worth its weight in gold. Nothing worse than damaged lady bits from a badly fitting saddle.
Can you pop down to your local bike shop and see if they have saddle fittings? If your perfect saddle is $100 I think that they are well worth the money. I spent over 2000 miles sat on my saddle last year.

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12/24/13 10:56 P

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It is actually fairly cheap from a couple of those ebay sellers.

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12/24/13 11:34 A

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Pink flames? Awesome!

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12/24/13 3:37 A

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I had to get something different for my road bike, since it was previously owned by a dude. I took a couple tries before I settled on the Terry butterfly, I later found a butterfly on terry's website with pink flames on it which was cool, but I really want to deck the bike out with blue accents anyway.

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12/23/13 3:00 P

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I will have to get some saddle shopping done after the holidays.

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EBRAINK's Photo EBRAINK Posts: 87
12/22/13 10:58 P

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Got a shiny new Terry saddle on the bike, and so far, so good. Yay.

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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12/14/13 5:11 P

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Thanks for the advice. That nerve thing you've got going there sounds very inconvenient, HillSlug - but it's good to know you've identified what's going on and can avoid the things that are causing the numbness. But wow - I remember the first time I laced by cycling shoes too tightly and lost the sensation on the top of my feet. It was a little scary, but perhaps more so because I live with someone who works with stroke patients and he went immediately into "OMG!!! You're having a STROKE!!!!111!!!!" mode...needless to say, he may have overreacted to my tight shoe problem. :D

I spent some time at the LBS, where they pulled out a bunch of bikes with different saddle styles so I could sit a bit. The did not have quite the thing that seems like it will be best - fairly narrow, but with a cut out to ease the pressure on the ladybits. So they recommended that I order one from Terry (which they don't carry), and bring it to them to install and fit me properly. Which only seems fair, since they spent some time with me and we couldn't get the right thing.

We'll see how that goes...

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12/9/13 1:15 P

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Sadly, saddles are very user-specific. What's horrible for me might be perfect for you.

I tried a Moon Saddle. I was in pain almost immediately, and it transferred too much weight to my hands. That made me feel incredibly unstable. It went back after two rides.

I've been using a Performance Bike Forte saddle. It's made for heavier riders. I like it, but it's worn out after a couple of seasons and deserves to be retired.

I once splurged for a Fizik saddle. Can't remember which one, but it set me back a couple hundred. I LOVED that saddle. Sadly, during my deep college student poverty, I sold it on ebay because I really needed the cash. I'd buy another one.

I also had a Julie Furtado saddle made by Selle San Marco. It served me very well. And it had yellow bits, which matched the trim on my bike.

I cannot use women-specific saddles. Sitting on a wide saddle (or a curb) causes the front 1/3 of my feet to go numb. It's most likely a nerve routing issue because it doesn't only happen when I'm on a bike (so it's not caused by my shoes). It sometimes happens when I sit on a hard chair and it used to happen when I kayaked.

The best thing you can do is have a chat with your local bike shop. They should let you try out saddles until you find one that works. And they should install the saddle so that it's set up correctly for you. In fact, my trusty mount is headed for the shop today, and a new saddle is one of the things on the list. I'm sure mine isn't in the right spot, but I lack the patience to futz with it until I get it right.

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12/9/13 9:41 A

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I have put a gel padded saddle on my bike, but I agree that it doesn't really help the pain in the "girly bits." I will be interested in seeing if anyone else has experience they can share!

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EBRAINK's Photo EBRAINK Posts: 87
12/9/13 9:25 A

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I'm finally ready to give up on the saddle that came with my road bike. I will admit: I'm cheap, and for the past many years I didn't feel much like spending money on a new one. But now that the bike is on the trainer and I'm trying to ride longer "this really is Winter exercise and not my commute" rides, I am finding the standard saddle pretty uncomfortable.

I've been visiting bike forums and sites (like bikeshopgirl.com) and I see lots of info about padding the seat or not, about gel pads, and suspension systems...but frankly, my sit bones are not the problem area. So the question: does anyone here have experience with those seats with the strategically placed cut-outs? How effective are they at alleviating pressure on sensitive areas? Is it really worth spending $100 or more on a fancy aerodynamic saddle if I don't care about weight and speed (and I'm not exactly aerodynamic myself)?

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