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Saddle question for the ladies(13 posts)

Saddle question for the ladiesKristin
May 26, 2003 5:18 PM
I've gotten rid of my old ultrawide gel. It was a beastly heavy thing and quite cushy. It wasn't without its own set of problems--predominantly the numbness and shooting pains it would cause down my right leg. Currently, I've got an old Schwinn saddle that someone handed down to me; but I'm having some issues. Basically its mashing It litterally hurts to stand and walk after doing 2+ hours on the bike. I'm wondering if this is normal when switching to a hard saddle for the first time. Do I need to toughen up a bit? Should I expect to be in pain with any non-gel saddle--at least for a while? Or is there something better? (Please God, no comments from the peanut gallery!)

Also, I should mention that I am not a racer and don't ride like one. That is, a good portion of my weight is supported by my ________, instead of my feet.

Thanks for the input.
Sitting on the right spotKerry
May 26, 2003 5:38 PM
A fairly common problem apparently is people sitting incorrectly on their saddles. Make sure your sit bones are right on the butt of the saddle. If you are sliding forward, then you quite possibly have the saddle too far back, tilted too far down, or not enough arm and body core strength to stay on the back of the saddle. While it may take a bit of time for the sit area to toughen up, you shouldn't be experiencing the kind of pain you report.
How to choose a saddle:DINOSAUR
May 26, 2003 7:24 PM
A saddle should feel comfortable right from the start. You can do a lot of adjustment to find the magic spot if you use a two bolt seat post such as a Thomson. I've found that I do best if I level out my saddle.

click on this site:

Click on "Products" at top of screen, then click on " How To Choose Your Saddle". There is a lot of good information on this site.
re: Saddle question for the ladiescp123
May 26, 2003 10:51 PM
hiya Kristin. I know exactly how you feel. Usually I'm ok on shorter rides, but sometimes during the longer ones of 3 or 4 hours I too have issues. But then other times its fine and nothing hurts. I think its just perhaps how we sit on the seat sometimes. I use a sella italia woman's cutaway seat but sometimes I don't think I'm square over the hole. Previously I had a terry seat and that was worse. Once i realised I rubbed my inner leg raw where my knicks weren't "all the way up" and I had skin rubbing on skin. Ouchy wah wah! We've also got a call on our rides, other than stopping or slowing or pothole or whatever and that is "re-arranging". That means to the person behind, just back off for a moment, because I'm now going to stop pedalling, stand up in the seat and rearrange the undercarriage. Works well.

The "I don't want to pee because I know its going to sting like buggery" isn't pleasant.

I'm not sure there's a good answer to your question. I've tried friends saddle and some are horrible while they swear they're fantastic. I guess its whatever suits.

sorry, that was probably a pretty useless reply, but good luck

re: Saddle question for the ladieskneebreaker
May 27, 2003 1:52 AM
my girlfreind rides a terry.
Except for the pain of exertion, cycling shouldn't hurt!dzrider
May 27, 2003 5:03 AM
Saddles are pretty much individual and it's really difficult to prescribe one for anybody else. Watching new riders over the years, the intuitive posture for many people puts their bodies at a similar angle to sitting on a barstool with your elbows on the padded bar. Those who continue trying to ride this way use ever bigger and ever softer seats but never get comfortable. People who bend forward at the hips and take a little more weight on their hands ultimately do better as their shoulders and core muscles adjust.

My wife, who is knock-kneed and blessed with some very womanly hips, rides with an Avocet women's seat. I asked her how it felt after her 1st ride with it. She said "I don't know. I didn't notice." Then she smiled. It may or may not work for you, but it's been on the market, unchanged, for over 10 years, so somebody must like it. Just remember, cycling shouldn't hurt!
Hi Kristin,msmootsiemartin
May 27, 2003 5:22 AM
If this helps, I have ridden the Terry Butterfly for a couple years without problems. I just had a Selle Italia ladies saddle, not the Octavia, but the one similar to the mens flight gel, put on my new cross bike and rode it over 100 miles w/o problems this weekend. I am also going to check out the Fizik Vitesse (I think it is a little firmer). You shouldn't have the type of pain you are having, although there probably will be a short break in period with any new saddle. I noticed that Excel Sports and AE Bikes both have a good selection of ladies saddles on their websites.
Good luck and may you soon be riding pain free!

Terry Butterflytarwheel
May 27, 2003 8:01 AM
I'm not a woman and don't pretend to be one, but lots of chicks I ride with use a Terry Butterfly and seem pretty happy with it. They switched from other saddles to the Terry and they're all still using them. I wouldn't rule out Brooks leather saddles either, if I were you.
Thanks. I'm definately considering the Brooks, but cringeKristin
May 27, 2003 8:12 AM
I cringe a little over the look of the saddle, but I have a classic lugged frame, so it shouldn't look "too" out of place. At least it comes in black.
re: Saddle question for the ladiescoonass
May 27, 2003 5:37 AM
Don't leave the Brooks' Finese (designed for the ladies) out of your least save this link in your favorites for future reference if your next saddle choice(s) don't satisfy you: . I ride the Brooks Swift, and can ride over 6 hours (my longest) without discomfort...
Are you using anySpinchick
May 27, 2003 6:11 AM
chamois butter or lube at all? I had some issues a couple years ago but they stopped entirely when I started using the butter. In a pinch, I've used medicated vaseline.
Hey, we missed ya!Kristin
May 27, 2003 6:21 AM
Welcome back. I haven't been using an creams or butter (eeks, sounds like a recipe). I posted a question about that a while back and people seemed to indicate that those were only for longer distances. Do you use it all the time? Can you use it with any shorts?
May 27, 2003 10:13 AM
I use it for anything longer than 45 minutes. If I don't, I start getting uncomfortable. I don't use it if I'm just on the trainer on the porch - just road rides. I've only ever used them with padded shorts - either the real chamois or the synthetic stuff. Is that what you mean? Also, I remember having to re-adjust my new saddle about 8 times before I had it "just right."