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New bike, new roadie, potentially dumb question.....(9 posts)

New bike, new roadie, potentially dumb question.....newridr
Jun 5, 2003 7:08 PM
So I posted that I finally pulled the trigger on a new C'dale R2000. Picked it today and went for a ride tonight. I love it and I love being out on the road with some speed after many years as an mtb'er.

My question is this: How long do you wait to see if your saddle is right for you. I know there's some break-in time for any new saddle. So how long should I give it before I decide that this just isn't for me? For the record, the saddle is a Fizik Poggio with ti rails. Seems like a pretty nice saddle, but any feedback would be great.

Thanks. BTW, is there some special handshake that I need to know now that I'm entering the world of the roadie?? ;-)
The special handshakeMR_GRUMPY
Jun 5, 2003 7:15 PM
When you pass another roadie, just pat them on the butt as you go by. They will then teach you about bike handling skills.
re: New bike, new roadie, potentially dumb question.....gibbons
Jun 5, 2003 7:34 PM
When I am on my Bianchi EV2, and pass another roadie, they always wave. If I am road riding my Specialized Stumpjumper FSR, roadies never even look across the road at me, even if I wave.

My family only has one road bike, but we all five have Specialized mountain bikes. We put 1" 110psi slicks on them and go road riding occasionally. We have even done Century rides on them. I have noticed that when road bikes pass us, they go burning by at impressive speeds until they are about 150 feet ahead. Then they slow back down to our speed but maintain that distance between us. Like they are too good to be near us, even though they can't easily break away.

Can't we all just get along? :)
Saddle issuenealrab
Jun 5, 2003 9:43 PM
Good luck with new C'dale, you will definitely love the speed -- saddle issue, IMHO you should get a sense of the relative comfort within 2 or 3 rides (even if they're only 20-30 miles). Minor break-in discomfort might be overcome but anything beyond minor discomfort is unacceptable. I'm also experimenting with a couple of Selle Italia saddles and there is a noticeable difference between models and manufacturers. Should never experience numbness, firstly. Then you'll have to experiment with positioning. Should be level and front-to-back movement of the saddle will help with minor adjustments to comfort level. But that will only be minor. Some initial soreness is to be expected, but if it fits, you'll not hurt where you sits. Don't be satisfied with an uncomfortable saddle no matter what brand it is or how much it costs. LOL
saddle ....tarwheel
Jun 6, 2003 4:20 AM
I would give the saddle a few weeks, several hundred miles. It may just be a matter of your sit bones getting used to the new riding position. Also make sure you are wearing good cycling shorts -- the roadie kind that's all lycra with a good pad. Shorts can make a huge difference.

If your saddle is still not comfortable after a reasonable amount of time, I would suggest trying some of the brands that have 30-day return policies -- such as Terry, Avocet and Koobi. Lots of riders swear by the Terry Fly. It was too soft for me, but I've had good luck with the Koobi Enduro and Swift. Another option is to buy used saddles on eBay or RBR classifieds, so you won't have as much to lose if they don't fit. Finally, some bike shops will let you try a saddle for a while and exchange if it doesn't fit. In fact, the place where you bought your Cannondale might very well let you exchange the Poggio for another brand as long as it's not damaged.

Finally, I can't tell you about the secret handshake or they'll kill me.
Give the saddle a few weeks if you still notice discomfortdzrider
Jun 6, 2003 4:46 AM
look in half price boxes at better bike shops. In the past week, I've seen a Terry Dragonfly, a San Marco Rolls and a San Marco Era (which I bought for $20.00). It's very difficult to predict which saddle will work best for you.

No handshake I know of, but back in my college days the "official" gesture of recognition to oncoming road riders was to flap your elbows without letting go of the bars as if you were doing the yet to be invented Chicken Dance. I carry on with this tradition, but nobody flaps back. It looks pretty silly and still makes people smile.
hand shake? blow your snot right after you pass them...c722061
Jun 6, 2003 5:11 AM
Just kidding! about the saddle, I could tell if a saddle is right for me in just one ride. I have a Specialized Geometry Pro that took about 3 months for my butt to get used to but does not keep me comfort in long ride > 2 hour. On the other hand, my Fizik Alliante comfortable right out of the box.
Immediately if it's wrong, takes awhile to tell if it's right.Spoke Wrench
Jun 6, 2003 5:15 AM
I had a saddle on my mountain bike that was fine for mountainbiking, but just about cut me in two within ten miles on a flat trail. If it's wrong, you'll know almost immediately.

If it's right, it may take some time. Fine tuning your saddle's adjustments in all four directions that it can be moved can make a hugh difference in how comfortable it feels.
Pain in your butt is one thing...jujigatami
Jun 6, 2003 7:01 AM
but numbness is another. If your butt is sore, the seat may need to break in and your muscles and bones need to get used to it. If your "boys" are going numb, or if your thigh are chafing, get rid of it. I recently got a Koobi saddle and they told me it would take 100 miles to break in... the first ride it felt a little hard, but there was no and I mean absolutely no numbness at all. It was the most comfortable road ride I'd ever done. Since then the saddle had broken in and feels like a dream. I never thought it would be SO comfortable, I mean I expected a little soreness. Even after a metric century there was no soreness and no numbness (well, my butt was as sore as it would have been sitting in ANY chair for 3.5 hours).