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What's the latest wisdom on saddle numbness?(4 posts)

What's the latest wisdom on saddle numbness?indianabob
Jul 22, 2002 8:22 PM
After the numb-nuts craze with all manner of bizarre cut-out/gel/pressure relief saddles a few years ago, I was wondering what the latest knowledge on this is. A couple of years ago, after reading the arguements pro/con, I said "duh," and just started taking a look at what pro racers use for saddles (typically hard and not cut-out), and figured what's good enough for them is good enough for me.

Was this just a craze of yesteryear, like biopace chainrings and benotto celo tape?

Any ideas?

For the record, I'm using a prolink gel saddle and really like it.
Overblown, yes: Beneficial, yes againgrandemamou
Jul 23, 2002 4:22 AM
I think the science behind it was BS. There were alot of people were riding around with numb nuts thinking it was a normal part of riding. Trust me there were. Several guys in our club had been riding this way for years. They just didn't feel comfortable discussing it so they just dealt with it.

I have never used cutout saddles. The only time I have experienced numbness was with a new saddle/bike that wasn't set up properly. Been riding since 84, my equipment works fine. I have three kids to prove it.
re: Same as the old wisdom on saddle numbness.dzrider
Jul 23, 2002 4:32 AM
Numbness is neither acceptable nor unavoidable. Reposition the saddle or try a different one. As for cut-outs, some people like them, others don't. I tried one that came on a new bike and it was not as comfortable as the saddles I've been using since 1983. It's now on one of my son's bikes. I doubt that they'll disappear from the market because lots of riders seem to like them.
re: What's the latest wisdom on saddle numbness?JimP
Jul 23, 2002 10:44 AM
I switched to a cutout saddle 3 years ago from a Selle Italia Flite and am now on my 4th cutout saddle. The cutout saddles don't seem to last over a year before they get a belly in the middle. The latest one seems to be fine, but the season is only half over. If this one goes the way of the rest, I will probably switch back to the Flite.