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A saddle question for the ladies.(7 posts)

A saddle question for the ladies.IAM
Mar 11, 2003 4:29 AM
Any experiences with lady specific saddles? Do they help, are they worth trying, which ones etc.?

My wife thanks you from the bottom of her..... bottom.
re: A saddle question for the ladies.msmootsiemartin
Mar 11, 2003 6:45 AM
I switched to the Terry Butterfly womens saddle on my road bike a couple years ago and haven't had any problems. Recently tried the womens Fi'zi:k Vitesse saddle and will probably put that on my new cyclocross frame when it is finished. Your wife should definitely stay with a womens saddle as they are wider in the back to accomodate a womens wider sit bones.
re: A saddle question for the ladies.StupidLight
Mar 11, 2003 7:29 AM
My wife loves her Selle Italia Bio Line women's saddle which she chose over several Terry saddles a couple years ago in Germany. I don't know if it's still on the market though.

THere is also a women's version of my favorite saddle, the Avocet O2. You can get it at excelsports.com (the steel version is a very reasonable $39).
second the Avocet O2!Becky
Mar 11, 2003 10:46 AM
I have the Ti rail model on my road bike and the steel rail model on my mtb. Both are very comfortable and have held up well. I found mine on Ebay and saved nearly half over retail...keep your eyes open.
Good luck and happy hunting!

Becky
dependslonefrontranger
Mar 11, 2003 7:50 AM
I think the issue is everyone's butt is different.

For me, women's saddles work not at all - the wide rear merely causes chafing and numbness in bad ways. The same is true for several of the ladies on my team. 4 of us use the standard, hard-as-a-board razor looking SLR minimalist saddle. One uses a slightly modified version of the SLR with a bit more padding and a donut relief. A couple use the Terry Butterfly. The common theme here is that the ladies using the really narrow saddles have not had kids, so their hip bones haven't been widened from that experience. The ones using the wider women's saddles do have kids. I don't know if this generalization can be spread across the board for female riders, but I do know several women racers who used men's saddles prior to having their first, then had to switch afterwards.

The "bottom" line is that, just like for the guys, what works well for one may not work at all for others.
yep.rockbender
Mar 11, 2003 8:42 AM
Well, I'm not sure about the pre/post child bearing generalization, but certainly everyone is different. My s.o. went from the "Butterfly", which was too wide, to a damselfly, which just wasn't quite right, to the men's "Fly" version of Terry's saddles. She is totally satisfied with seat and now has them on all her bikes.

Have your wife take advantage of Terry's exchange policy. For that matter, most LBS's in my area will keep on exchanging saddles for you until you find the one you like - just keep it in 'like new' condition.

Sometimes the ones that LOOK the best, don't always feel the best.

good luck!
love my Serfas DD Pro (women's version)_rt_
Mar 11, 2003 9:11 AM
got one on each of my bikes.

rt