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Women's shorts & saddle recommendations?(7 posts)

Women's shorts & saddle recommendations?gregario
Jul 13, 2003 4:03 PM
Can you ladies out there help my wife out? She is looking for recommendations for comfortable shorts and a saddle. She rides mostly as a stoker on our tandem and has for over 10 years but has trouble finding comfortable shorts. Currently she is using a fairly wide seat on our tandem that is pretty cushy. It is 18cm wide at the widest point. I know everyone is different, but what shorts and/or saddle has worked for you?

Also, have any of you tried a Brooks saddle? I've never tried one but I've heard that many people find them very comfortable, usually after a break-in period. I was thinking that maybe we could try a B-17. A fairly typical ride on the weekend is usually 60-70 miles.

Any suggestions? Thanks.
I use a Trek WSD.PseuZQ
Jul 13, 2003 6:53 PM
Works fine. I used to have a women's Terry Liberator, but found the nose to be a little wide and suffered some chafing issues. The Trek WSD is a little narrower, and has a cutout as well. In terms of shorts, I've used Pearl Izumi, Castelli and Performance brand, and I've never had an issue with any. I do prefer a single-piece chamois, rather than a stitched one, though.
re: Women's shorts & saddle recommendations?ElaineK
Jul 13, 2003 8:30 PM
I liked my Serfas DD womens Pro a lot. I've been breaking in a Brooks Finesse and it's becoming my new favorite.
Here are the links to them http://www.serfas.com/racing_saddles/racing_saddles_10.html
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/saddles/brooks-finesse.html
I agree with PseuZQ about a seamless chamois and most good women designed shorts have them. Terry has done a good job designing their chamois for particluar uses, racing, touring etc. Team Estrogen has a good selection.
http://www.teamestrogen.com/categories.asp?catID=25
http://www.terrybicycles.com/
my wife loves velowear shorts and terry's ti saddleandy02
Jul 14, 2003 5:09 AM
I bought the terry ti (can't remember the real name) for my wife and she has really loved it! It doesn't look like a womens saddle but she has tried a lot of saddles and alway tells woment to get this one. She also like the velowear shorts more then any under 150$
re: Women's shorts & saddle recommendations?msmootsiemartin
Jul 14, 2003 5:22 AM
I have been using the Pearl Izumi shorts for years and find them comfortable as well as holding up to many washings! I recently switched to the Fizik Vitesse saddle and am really liking it. (I am pretty sure that Excel carries this saddle and I am not sure who else). It is a firmer saddle than many; however, after the break in period, it is really comfy.
SaddlesKristin
Jul 14, 2003 5:53 AM
I'm still on the saddle hunt myself. Will be retuning a Terry Butterfly later this week. Like everyone says, saddle choice is a personal thing. Find a shop that offers a saddle exchange program so you're not stuck with a box full of expensive, unwanted models.

One thing I'm finding is that, while its not more comfortable, I need a hard saddle. Anything soft pushes into my perineum and puts pressure on the blood vessel and nerves that supply my left leg. (Only my left for some reason?) Anyway. I would make it a top priority to find a saddle that supports her on her sit bones properly and doesn't cause any leg numbness. Does she not like the saddle she has now?

BTW, I personally like Voler's w/the blue chamois (men's shorts) the best. They are a little long as the come down almost to my knee. But the padding is comfy and snug, doesn't shift when I ride, and they don't catch on my saddle.
re: Women's shorts & saddle recommendations?rachie
Jul 14, 2003 6:16 AM
I'm using a Terry Butterfly tri gel saddle at the recommendation of a friend and have liked it from day one. It seemed a bit on the pricey side at first but it was money well spent. As for shorts, I'm a fan of Sugoi shorts with the matrix chamois and also Voler's womens shorts.