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Selle Italia Flite Saddle Problem(9 posts)

Selle Italia Flite Saddle ProblemBQ
May 9, 2001 5:43 AM
Based on recommendations in the review section, I picked up one of these saddles for my new bike. After two 1-hour rides, my sit bones were pretty unhappy. I took a day off and then tried again last night with a 1.5 hour ride. This morning my sit bones are again sore though perhaps not as bad as before with two days in a row. The odd part is that it feels pretty good while I'm riding, and I've never had any numbness on this saddle.

My question -- Is this normal? I mean, am I going to eventually get used to this saddle, or should I be looking at alternatives? Should I adjust it in some way?
re: Selle Italia Flite Saddle Problemdavidl
May 9, 2001 5:49 AM
My bike came with an Selle XO saddle - it was unbearable. Just thinking about that saddle hurts. I replaced it with a Selle Italia Flite Gel. All the problems went away - great saddle. After a couple of weeks the soreness was gone too. I had to break my butt in. Everybody's different, but it's probably worth 'riding it out'.
re: Selle Italia Flite Saddle Problemseth1
May 9, 2001 6:55 AM
I've found that every saddle I've owned takes a period to break in. I just bought a new Trans Am this past winter (it's essentially a Flight with a gouge cut down the center) and that took a while to break in.

Also, how many miles have you put in this season. It always takes me a few hundred miles before I get my "bicycle-butt" back into shape. Oooouch!!
It dependsmike mcmahon
May 9, 2001 6:56 AM
Had you been riding before, or is this your first road bike? If you were riding regularly before getting the saddle and are having problems, it's probably the wrong saddle. If you just started riding, it may just be a matter of getting your body used to sitting on a narrow piece of plastic, leather, and titanium. But, then again, a Flite is probably not a good "beginner" saddle. I'm sure others will have better advice for you. Good luck.
Same situation for meParker
May 9, 2001 8:31 AM
I have a standard Ti Flight. My fisrt few rides I wasn't very comfortable, in fact, after what I considered a fair amount of break in time I still had sore sit bones. I started looking around for new saddles and funny thing...by the time I found the saddle I think I wanted, I had realized that my Flite felt fine. It took longer than I expected, but now I love it. I don't even notice it which is the perfect measure of a good saddle in my eyes.
Either the saddle or my butt became broken in.
Your mileage may vary, but it took me about a month of riding.
know how it feelsThioderek
May 9, 2001 10:19 AM
With the puchase of my new bike _________ , it came with a Selle Flight Titanium. It is a really nice bike and had a serious drop to the bars from the seat. I was not used to such a drop and could tell I was going to have problems with it. So I tilted the nose down just the slightest bit, not more than 5 millimeters-you can barely tell by looking. It worked like a charm. I had no problems until I traveled to SoCal for a race a couple of weeks ago and took my bike while in the box to my old mechanic. He unpacked the bike and proceeded to put it together. Without my knowledge he raised the nose to a paralell position. I was racing and felt the difference immediately. The race went all right because it was a hilly course so I was out of the saddle quite a bit. I was a bit sore afterwards but didnt pay any attention to it.

When I got back to New York and put the bike back together again I had forgotten about the seat adjustment. I was on a 30 mile morning training ride and could barely sit down at the end of the session. It was pure agony when I was even walking up stairs. I tilted the seat down again like before and stayed off the bike for 3 days and now it is fine. It is amazing what 5 millimeters will do for you-bad and good. Maybe you might want to tilt it ever so slightly to get your sit bones out of the groove in the seat. It worked for me. I am back to normal now.
know how it feelsLC
May 9, 2001 2:36 PM
I started doing the same thing with just a tiny bit of nose down and it does seem to help on the long rides. It does put a bit more stress on your hands though. For 99% of males the flight is a great saddle. Not sure if your saddle has to break in, or you butt has to break in, but if you can slowly creap up on the saddle time you will adjust to it. If you bruse some tissue, you may have to give it a long time to heal.
Give it 2 weeks...BudhaSlug
May 9, 2001 2:32 PM
my first Flite (Flite Ti on mountain bike) took me two weeks to break in till it was comfortable under me (or maybe its I was comfortable on it). I have since bought another flite, and a Nitrox (identical shape and padding as the flight, but cheaper rails/construction), and those each took only a few days to break in. Part of the break in is getting the pad to soften up properly, and a big part of it is getting your body used to the nice consistent pressure that the flite offers (soft saddles just move out of the way instead of really supporting where needed). Thats why second and third saddles take less time to feel comfortable. Right now, I don't have plans on using anything other than the flite or nitrox, bu in general, any saddle that doesn't take a couple weeks to fully break in worries me a lot more than one that does.

Peace and Light,
Ben
ThanksBQ
May 9, 2001 7:27 PM
Giving it a couple of weeks to get used to this saddle is a good suggestion. Pain tends to make me impatient, but expecting miracles overnight is probably unrealistic on my part. It's also encouraging to hear that this problem has gone away for most of you in a month or so. As for playing with the tilt, I thought that was more for addressing numbness until I read Thoiderek's post. It looks like that might be necessary, too.

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I'll post again at the end of the story to let you know how it turned out.