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Saddle Recommendations(6 posts)

Saddle RecommendationsStephen Valley
Aug 20, 2001 1:59 PM
Recently I have taken up cycling for excercise and recreation. The bike I own is a 10 year old Trek 2100 (aluminum lugs and carbon fiber tubes equipped with Shimano 105 components). The saddle is an Avocet Spenco Gel which came on the bike originally. After approximately 10 miles my rear end is in pain. I do not wear lycra when I ride but simple cotton shorts as sometimes I have engagements and no time to change clothes. I am not a racer and a maximum ride would be perhaps 20 miles per day max. Currently I'm still using toe clip pedals as opposed to clipless. Any advice regarding a saddle which would be comfortable for my style of riding would be appreciated. I have read everything on this board regarding saddles that I could find as well as on the net in general. I am aware how personal the decision is however your opinions would prove beneficial in helping me to narrow down the choices.
Some statistics: Male, 44 yrs, 5'7", 160 lbs, 52 cm cycle. The bike is like new.

Thank-You in advance.
re: Saddle RecommendationsAkirasho
Aug 20, 2001 2:22 PM
... try to find a saddle that fits your sit bones.

Gel saddles (especially ones of that vintage) can actually be worse than the problems they were designed to combat. The gel can migrate, or give a rider a false sense of comfort (at least short term) by padding an ill fitting saddle or bike.

Your weight should be born by your sit bones... Some discomfort would be normal for a beginner or someone returning after a long layoff... as long as it's temporary and does not involve numbness of your naughty bits.

Aside from finding a saddle that fits your sit bones, check your overall fit on the bike (what's your cycling inseam measurment?). Oftimes, a bad fit will be felt on other body parts (neck, wrists, etc.).

Specific saddle advice is difficult. 'Bout the only comments I can make is that I'm a larger rider who uses Giro Pave and Selle Italia Flites with no problems. They fit my sit bones and allow me a bit of finesse room as well.

Be the bike.
It's very personal...MrCelloBoy
Aug 20, 2001 2:23 PM
Sounds like your butt's just lost its "edge."
The saddle you describe sounds like it should be "soft" enough to not be the main problem. Maybe your seat is too high. Try lowering your seat 1/2" and see if it helps.
A pair of cycling undershorts might be worth the investment. You can wear these under regular shorts and gain the advantage of no seams like cycling shorts.
re: Saddle Recommendationsalex the engineer
Aug 21, 2001 5:24 AM
You really should buy a brooks saddle. At your age/size, you aren't likely to be winning major races, anyway, so add the extra 150 grams (about 5 oz.), and get a saddle which isn't going to torture your @$$. Leave the rock-hard and flashy 5-color 200 gram saddles for the flyweight boy-racers. You need a saddle with a bit of width and give. a Brooks Professional (about $80) or a b17 champion (about the same), or even a simple b17 (about $60) will make long rides much more comfortable.
I just ordered one...Lone Gunman
Aug 21, 2001 6:09 AM
yesterday and am anxiously awaiting to try it out. Been on a skinny saddle for a few seasons and have come to the conclusion that the skinnies are not for me. Ordered a Pro. Hey, I may have even picked up points with Style man!! (see september review of a riveted saddle)
You will love it...UncleMoe
Aug 21, 2001 6:23 PM
LoneGunman,

Welcome to the dark side of the leather saddle. I can't believe how much I love my B17 Champion. I could care less about the weight. Obviously I don't know much about the Pro, but it is so cool to have somehting so unique that actually works so well.

UncleMoe