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Road bike saddle - HELP PLEASE(6 posts)

Road bike saddle - HELP PLEASEaldo
Jun 14, 2001 2:14 PM
Hi, I've been using the Serfas Cosmos saddle (I used to have the Selle Italian Trans) which I decided to try because I felt the Selle was causing too much pain. Well, now that I have the Serfas Cosmos, this thing is uncomfortable. I've been using for over 5 months and I just finished doing the Aids ride on it. Not extremely comfortable to ride 575 miles on it. I weight about 220, so I'm looking for something that holds my weight. The other thing I've found with this seats is that I feel a lot of pressure in the front and numbness. I've try adjusting it, I've gone to bike shops and they've try adjusting it, so now I wondering what seat is rate it as one of the most comfortable seats with my type of weight. I see a lot of folks brag about the San Marco model, but I don't know anything about it.

Please help me!!! Me and my manhood will be forever gratious.

re: Road bike saddle - HELP PLEASEkyvdh
Jun 14, 2001 7:42 PM
Just a couple of days ago there was a post about Brooks saddles. I had an old Avocet saddle that was 20 years old and was having some of the same pain you describe. I tried a cheap gel saddle, big mistake. Then I tried a Serfas Rx saddle. The numbness went away but it was still painful after about 20 miles. It became what limited my ride pleasure. After the century I bought a Brooks B17. It has been wonderful. It's definately a different feel. You can feel your bones right on the saddle but at least for me it doesn't hurt. I'm 182 or so (still got 10 more to go). From everything I read about them they only get better with time. Mine was fairly comfortable the first ride and within 50 miles seems to be shaping nicely to my anatomy. It does take a bit of adjustment (usually nose slightly down) to get comfortable. I really like it. It weighs a bit more but me and my bike are real light anyway. Good luck finding the perfect match. It sure makes a difference in the pleasure of riding longer distances.
Jun 14, 2001 7:50 PM
Brook's B17. Everyone keeps spending good money on a saddle, then another, then another, etc.. you will not have any problems with the Brooks...this will be the last saddle you have to buy. ( I ride the Brook's Swift; but then I don't weigh 220#)
Jun 15, 2001 10:01 AM
I ride a Brooks Conquest on my hybrid. It's a coil sprung leather saddle, and the springs actually do help soak up some of the bumps. Even though I haven't broken it in yet it was instantly more comfortable than all the "soft" saddles I've had.

In addition, I have a Lepper Voyager on my (fixed gear) road bike. Lepper's a Dutch company, Cannondale spec'd some touring bikes with them (T2000, I believe). It should be similar to a Swift or B17. That saddle, too, has not been broken in yet, but I have great expectations.

I weigh 190, just in case you were wondering.
re: Road bike saddle - HELP PLEASEmadbadger
Jun 15, 2001 10:18 AM
Try dipping the saddle nose by a few millimetres, if your pelvis rotates forward when you ride there's pressure on the perineal vessels, causing the dreaded numb todger!
I used a Flite for several yrs, often got the numbness, last 2 months I've used a Flite SLR, v light & v firm, much more comfortable. Seems to me a softer saddle actually lets you sink in & causes more pressure in the "vital" area. Just my opinion.
re: Road bike saddle - HELP PLEASEVelocipedio
Jun 17, 2001 7:51 AM
But be careful not to turn the nose down too much, because the anglr can cause uper back/neck pain.