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Saddle questions(11 posts)

Saddle questionsvol245
Mar 3, 2002 7:38 AM
I have searched the archives and came up empty. I just received a Selle Italia Genuine Gel seat, which replaced the Trans Am seat. The Trans Am had a hard ridge on the lower inner right of the cutout that did not feel good. The bike shop swapped it out for a Genuine Gel. I tried that yesterday on a 30 miler and man is that a hard seat and my crotch was SORE afterwards. Should I give it a week or swap it for something else? I think I will try a Terry Fly next. I don't care if a saddle looks great, if it hurts it needs to go.

Also I have been leveling the saddles when I put them on. Should the nose be down a very little bit, or should it be absolutely level.

Thanks.
re: Saddle questionsDINOSAUR
Mar 3, 2002 7:57 AM
Saddles are a matter of preference and they need to be matched to your anatomy. I've found that a saddle should feel good right from the start, just like a pair of fine shoes, with no break-in period. I like my saddles with a slight tilt. I use a carpenters level to check, because sometimes it's hard to tell by just looking. I would think you want your saddle level or with a slight tilt but never sloped. Sloped would push you weight forward and would cause upper body problems. I've have good luck with San Marco saddles, I'm using the San Marco Eara. But that's just me, it might not be your solution. When you find the right sadlle you will know....
re: Saddle questionsR-I-D-E
Mar 3, 2002 8:44 AM
Dino is right. I have both the Flite Trans Am and the Genuiune Gel on my bikes and I like them both. I actually have found that for me, the Genuine Gel is more comfy.

Bottom line (pardon the pun), the perfect saddle will be the one that works for you.

RIDE
ive had the same problemishmael
Mar 3, 2002 9:58 AM
ive tried those seats and the san marco era...they all were awfull, dont give up though...ive found total comfort with the wtb podium, its very light and nice looking too..its worth trying...you can get it from usabikes.com i think it was, and if it doesnt work out they will exchange...i also have a serfas lola that is comfortable but isnt made anymore but the new version looks similar...the cut out area UNDERNEATH is what ive found works for me...ive also used two other seats which i assumed would be comfortable because of there extreme looking padding but werent - serfas cosmos and the wtb speed v....dont give up, its out there somewhere, get a good mail order site that has tons of stuff and exchange if you need to, as i said i think it was usabikes.com or something like that, its worth it in the end...my underside is happy all the time, occasionally i get out of the saddle after maybe 20 minutes just to get blood moving but i move around more on a couch at home...good shorts also help alot, voler and the really expensive castellis are great.....there are so many seats out there you are bound to find one, but on the whole i think almost every road seat is way too hard...there is also the unseat (brandname) which ive heard good things about but it has handling drawbacks due to its lack of a nose,( i think that was the brand)..ive gone through 9 seat now i think before ive come to the seat i have now and im finally happy and settled, the ride is so much nicer..
So how's the bike fit otherwise?Spoke Wrench
Mar 3, 2002 1:44 PM
If you are having sadle problems, the first thing I would do is to check to be sure your overall bike fit is right. Otherwise, you are going to go from saddle to saddle and never get the comfort you want and need.

Second, other people's advice concerning saddles has limited value. What feels comfortable as a Lazyboy to one guy is a picked fence to someone else. You have to sort of trial and error until you find the seat that suits you.

Once you do, buy two because when the first one dies, it will have gone out of style and you won't be able to get an exact replacement.
Try the FlyAFred
Mar 3, 2002 2:09 PM
The Fly is actually made by Selle Italia for Terry. IMO the Fly is a Trans Am Max with a soft-edge cut-out and stitching in the right place. As the others have said, it's a personal thing, but based on your comments, I suggest the Fly. Besides, Terry has a 90-day trial period.
I'll second thatJekyll
Mar 4, 2002 8:45 AM
I also went from Selle Italia to the Fly with great results.
Unfortunately, everyone's "geometry" is a bit different down there so what works for one may not do so for another.
Best bet is to work with a good LBS that will let you try saddles out - this is how I got to the Fly after years of Selle Italia stuff (I still use their Trans Am on both of my MTB's).
The Fly is also pretty light and seems to hold up fairly well.
If you have to swap out using selle Italia, try the Pro-link.look271
Mar 3, 2002 2:16 PM
Love mine. It is a bit flatter and wider than most Selle Italia offerings and it fits me fine. Your results may vary. However, this I do know: if it isn't good out of the box, it won't get better.
nose up!colker
Mar 3, 2002 4:40 PM
there will be less pressure on soft tissue..also, try lowering your seatpost slightly(0.5cm) and check if you can try a slightly shorter stem(again 0.5 to 1cm). you'll move your weight naturally to the back of the saddle, where it belongs. if the back is flat and horizontal with nose up, you'll sit properly on the bike and take off weight from your hands.
most of the time, saddle discomfort is related to bike fit and adjustment.
cut out saddles are another problem. i find them very uncomfortable.
and get the turbomatic!colker
Mar 3, 2002 4:43 PM
sella italia's best, most comfortable saddle imho.
how to make yourSelle Flite Genuine Gel more comfortablePaul
Mar 4, 2002 11:44 AM
I have two selle flites with gel. They suck! I drilled and cut out part of the platform, and now the seats are much softer. I also have a Terry Dragon Fly which is manufactures by Selle also. This seat is okay, cut out helps. Since I cut out part of the platform, I now enjoy theSelle Flite. It's real easy to do ( I covered up the hole with eletrical tape), just drill slowly, and have the holes spaced close together before cutting out. The seat is no longer stiff, and there is more give under the sensitive area which is now a piece of leather with gel glued to it.. If I had a choice, I would go for the Fly.