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my a$$ still hurtsmanicoti
Jul 29, 2002 7:44 AM
How long does it take to properly break in a new seat? I got a San Marco on my new road bike and I have about 800 miles on it and it still doesn't feel like it is a part of my a$$. How long does it usually take and are there any suggestions? I know seats are personal preference.
re: my a$$ still hurtsjtolleson
Jul 29, 2002 8:02 AM
My advice is to try another saddle. After 800 miles, not much is going to change, and not all saddles work for all people. I tend to tell people that they'll know with 200 miles.
I've tried a score of saddles, and they are never 100%Paul
Jul 29, 2002 8:54 AM
comfortable. For some strange reason, the ones I have with the minimum amount of padding seem to be the best. I really like the Terry Dragon fly with the cut out, along with my old Selle Gyros.
I've tried a score of saddles, and they are never 100%divve
Jul 29, 2002 9:25 AM
I read an extensive saddle test in a German magazine and indeed the firmer saddles scored best. Their explanation was that a firm saddle tends to concentrate the pressure on your sit bones. Contrary, softer saddles usually feel very comfortable initially, but during longer rides they begin to hurt due to the way you sink into them.
What are you expecting?ColnagoFE
Jul 29, 2002 9:12 AM
If you want it to feel like your lounge chair then your expectation might be too high, but if it is painful then ditch the seat.
try this:Alexx
Jul 29, 2002 9:51 AM
Put your 13utt farther back, then tilt the nose up. Don't tilt it too much, or you may hurt your b@lls.
Jul 29, 2002 2:19 PM
as counter-intuitive as it may be, it solved all sorts of my problems to tilt the nose up a bit... most saddles are an optical illusion- they appear to be level, but they really often tilt down.
Go to you LBS...Wheelz
Jul 29, 2002 2:17 PM
and have them fit your saddle to you. It may be more than just your saddle. There is a lot to be said for a proper bike fit; including your frame size, crank arm length, top tube length and stem size. All can effect how your saddle feels.

Your seat may be too low, causing you to--->TheSandman
Jul 29, 2002 10:46 PM
-->put too much weight on your butt, and at uncomfortable positions at that! Believe it or not, when you ride, your legs do take some of the weight of your body. Make absolutely sure that your seat is adjusted high enough. I'd have someone at your LBS have a look at you on your bike to make sure your seat height is correct for you (but don't have some punk kid who's just there to sell bikes check you out, have someone who'd know help you). In general, when you pedal, if your thigh gets parallel with the road, then your seat height is too low. Your thigh shouldn't get more than within 5 or 10 degrees of being parallel with the road. Raising your seat just an inch or two will make a difference in pedaling, and it'll make a HUGE difference (for better or worse) in how your butt feels on the saddle, both immediately and after an hour or two on it. Either way, make sure your seat height is correct!