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Women's saddle suggestions?(6 posts)

Women's saddle suggestions?koolaid
Aug 20, 2002 11:17 AM
I've been using a Terry Butterfly and it has always felt too firm. Any recommendation for a saddle that is a little more comfortable and that doesn't put a lot of uncomfortable pressure on you when you are in the drops?
re: Women's saddle suggestions?ClydeTri
Aug 20, 2002 11:21 AM
how about other Terry, the womens version of the liberator..slightly bigger, slightly more padding...and if you buy from Terry, they have a 30 days no questions return policy....
re: Women's saddle suggestions?netso
Aug 20, 2002 11:28 AM
My wife uses a Serfas with Ti rails which she likes.
re: Women's saddle suggestions?bikerchick
Aug 20, 2002 1:17 PM
I have a Wylder saddle on my bike. It is super comfortable. I race and train on it, no complaints:

I have the juliana callisto.
re: Women's saddle suggestions?littleMoots
Aug 20, 2002 5:44 PM
I'm surprised that you find the Terry Butterfly too firm. You seem to indicate that it bothers you when you are in the drops. Try dropping the front of the saddle very slightly - I know that many suggest the opposite. But.. I found out that I when I lean forward, my pelvis must also tilt forward so a very slight drop in the nose of the saddle really made huge difference in the amount of pressure I felt. Second, I found out that if your saddle is too high, it will put too much pressure on your crotch.

BTW, too soft of a saddle will also put too much pressure on your crotch. A firmer saddle may actually work better - counter intuitive, I know. Finally, you may find out that, as I did, that most women's saddles are too wide in the rear so you can't actually sit back there and instead end up riding on the nose of the saddle - very uncomfortable. I finally found that a men's saddle with a cutout and with a flat top worked the best for me (Selle Italia Flite TransAm).

Hope this helps.
Second the Selle ItaliaMelMo
Aug 20, 2002 9:22 PM
I have an older version of the women's Selle Italia Transam and I really like it. (Mine doesn't have the embroidery that the current version is sporting.) It seems to be just the right width for my sit bones, and though it is softer than the Terry Liberator I have on my other bike, the cut out seems to avoid any upleasant pressure.

I've had a variety of problems with my Liberator. It has a slight dip in the middle, which makes it very difficult to get the saddle angle perfectly adjusted so you don't slide forward off the part where your butt is supposed to go and it's not getting a little too personal with any soft tissue. Also, I discovered on a 200K that somehow the width and firmness of the wide part of the seat just doesn't work with the chamois in my favorite shorts--I had big ol' sore spots right on my sit bones. I'm probably going to replace it with another Selle Italia, or I was thinking about trying a Butterfly.

HTH, Melinda