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Saddle Advice Anyone(8 posts)

Saddle Advice AnyoneAztecs
Nov 1, 2001 5:56 AM
Bought a Lemond BA 2001 and loved everthing about it except the stock saddle (San Marco Millennium??). Went to my LBS over the weekend and they recommended a Selle San Marco Era. Tried this out for a couple 45 minute rides. No improvement. Both saddles were confortable on the sit bones, but it is killing my boys (no numbness, just getting sore). My setup was done by a guy @ the shop, so I don't think this is the problem. Should I go try another saddle? Should I tilt the seat down a bit? Many users seem to like these saddles:

Selle Italia Flite
Selle Italia Trans Am
Selle Italia Prolink
Avocet 02 Air 40

Should I give on of these a try? I was also recommended to try the Terry DragonFly.

Any thoughts?

Newbie Roadie
on an earlier thread...aet
Nov 1, 2001 6:37 AM
i posted a similiar question. i currently use a san marco era and it is killing me to death!!! the terry saddles were recommended and i think the italia trans am, as well.
good luck!!
Koobi was the answer for mematt
Nov 1, 2001 7:09 AM
Seat selection is totally personal based on a persons physiological composition. What works for me might not work for you. Try to find a shop that has lots of different saddles set up to try. Koobi uses the split design all the way down to relieve pressure on willy and his friends. I bought the xenon seat for my road bike, and the contour for my mountain bike. Same seat, different rail coposition. They both had a broken in feel the first time I rode it. The seat worked so well for me that in my last 12 hour mountain bike race I had no numbness and my butt was not even tender the next day. They are found at Koobi is actually having a sale right now too.
re:it's your butt, not minedzrider
Nov 1, 2001 7:21 AM
You'll have to try some for yourself. A lbs will sometimes let you try some before buying. If you know anybody who has ridden for a long time they are likely to have a couple that haven't worked for them that you could try. The perfect saddle does exist, it just isn't the same one for everybody.
Don't tilt the saddle downDave Hickey
Nov 1, 2001 7:32 AM
Instead try tilting it up a little in the front. Tilting it up in the front puts more of your weight on your sit bones and not "the boys" and your hands. Do you feel the pressure only on the drops or when riding on the hoods as well? Another option might be to raise your stem. If it's threadless, you can turn your stem over.
Selle Ital Flitedavidl
Nov 1, 2001 9:48 AM
Try the Selle Italia Flite. Try a lot of different positions, but I agree not to tip the nose down - too much pressure on hands, arms and 'nads. Excel Sports has this saddle on at under $50.00.
tilt the saddle UP in front?guido
Nov 1, 2001 12:08 PM
Yes, a degree or two. When you bounce, you'll land in the middle of the saddle, not on the nose. Caveat: if you're in a TT aerodynamic position, hunkered down on really low handlebars, you'll have to make the saddle flat.

Here's another vote for never tilting the nose down, which is the way a great many riders aggravate their perineal pressure problems, or crush the nerves in their hands, or get sore arms and shoulders. You should be able to sit upright on your saddle, hands off the handlebars, full weight on sit bones, without having to adjust your positioning fore-aft, or falling forward. This is really hard to do if your saddle is tilted down in front.

The basic idea is to get your sit bones to take up most of the pressure on the back of the saddle, so that you can comfortably relieve pressure on the nose. You want gravity to assist you in this endeavour, not force you to compensate.
re: Saddle Advice Anyonejkh
Nov 1, 2001 11:31 AM
I have tried both Selle Italia Flite Gel and Trans Am Max.
I like the Max because of the cut-out and the thicker padding. It really relieves a lot of pressure from my "boys". I haven't tried the regular Trans Am, if you do have the chance to try both, please let me know how you feel.

I also agree that tilting up the saddle a little bit can help.