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Saddles for Longer Rides(6 posts)

Saddles for Longer RidesArt
Aug 11, 2001 11:33 AM
I'm sure a lot of you can reccomend a good saddle for longer rides (50+ miles). I'm 43 years old, and weigh between 180 and 185, and I'm currently riding aluminum road bikes, approx. 40 - 100 miles per week, with about 1400 miles (so far) this year. I have the same Performance saddles on all of my bikes, and they're fine for the shorter rides but when I get up to about 35 miles, my butt really starts hurting, and by the time I'm up to 50 miles, it really gets bad. My legs feel good, and my back is usually good, but my butt! I'm planning on doing at least one century this fall, so I'd like to get this taken care of by then.
Feel free to e-mail me with you thoughts.
Where does it hurt, exactly?Rich Clark
Aug 11, 2001 12:07 PM
Really, you can solve this through analysis.

Sit on something that can take an impression of your "sit bones." Measure. Now you know how wide the wide part of your saddle should be. A too-wide or too-narrow saddle can cause soreness in the sit-bone area. So can an overly padded saddle.

Do you get chafing on the thighs? Then perhaps the part of the saddle where your thighs are rubbing is too wide.

Do you get sore "up the middle?" Then your saddle may be too peaked, or have too much padding along the centerline.

But before you go buying new saddles, doublecheck your positioning. Are you always finding yourself more forward on the saddle than you mean to be? Try a little more upward tilt, or slide it a bit forward on the rails. (Raise it a touch if you move it forward.) Most riders do best with a level saddle, or even a very slight upward tilt at the nose.

If you're going to shop, it will pay you to analyze your problems and take a detailed look at what's on the market in light of the results, since there are too many saddles to try them all.

re: Saddles for Longer Ridesmackgoo
Aug 11, 2001 12:22 PM
First I would say go Brooks, I just got one and I'll never go back. Aside from that us a carpenters level to set the seat level and try that. After that start searching. Pssst come into the light go Brooks.
re: Saddles for Longer RidesUncleMoe
Aug 11, 2001 6:32 PM
I just got my Brooks B17 in the mail today. I'm letting it sit overnight with a layer of proofide on it, and I'll be setting it up tomorrow and riding on Monday. My first impression is ggod. Not that heavy at all, yet a lot harder than I expected. Although I have heard they loosen up rather well. Anyway, as of right now it is not a purchase I regret and 99% of all the reviews on this site speak highly of the brooks leather saddles. Stay tunes as I'll post a follow up review in a week or so after a few hundred miles on it.
re: Saddles for Longer RidesArt
Aug 13, 2001 3:57 PM
Thanks for the responses people. I'm considering buying a Brooks, but I'm also interested in the Selle Italia Prolink Gel saddle. Any thoughts?

Thanks Again.
Buy a Quality Saddlegrzy mnky
Aug 13, 2001 4:21 PM
And expect to buy more than one in the search for a good fit. I have a slew of saddles that look great, but aren't quite right.

Advise here will range from everything to an antique Brooks to the latest in Italian style to pure unobtainium. You'd have better luck with someone here telling you what size shoe to buy. It's highly personal and ther aren't many "measurements" to use for reference. I've had great luck with Selle Italia products and ahve used a Terry. Work with a LBS that will let you try things and do exchanges. If they won't do this, then continue on to another shop. Hold up your end and buy stuff from them periodically.

BTW - friends don't let friends buy stuff with the Performance label, you're ensuring the survival of mediocrity and marketing by demographics.