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I'm all out of ideas..............(5 posts)

I'm all out of ideas..............rubendc19
Aug 6, 2003 12:39 PM
I just purchased a road bike about 2 weeks ago, I have ridden it for about 70 miles so far, and I just can't seem to get rid of the discomfort in my saddle, every other of the 3 points I come in contact with my bike are fine (handlabars and crank). After say 2 or 3 miles, I start feeling uncomfortable, it's not a numbness, it's more like pressure in the nose area of the saddle, I've tried tilting up and down, nothing seems to help? Any other options from you guys would be greatly appreciated
Get a different saddlejtolleson
Aug 6, 2003 12:53 PM
Not all saddles work for all users, and more importantly the ones that come stock on bikes from the shop are not fit for human consumption 90% of the time -- they are aesthetic only to make a bike look complete on the sales floor.
re: I'm all out of ideas..............purplepaul
Aug 6, 2003 12:56 PM
I think you need to spend more than 70 miles riding before you can make a definitive judgement. If you haven't ridden in a while, it can take weeks to months of casual riding to get used to the saddle. Also, what shorts are you wearing? I've found that Performance Elite bibs are so comfortable that almost any saddle is fine. OTOH, my Louis Geneau shorts can make my most comfortable saddle feel not so great.

Now, it could be that the saddle is just wrong for you. Some people need flat saddles, others do better with more curved ones. The bike shop you bought from should be willing to help you out. Perhaps you're sitting too upright. It will take someone looking at you on the bike to make any kind of determination.

Good luck.

Paul
re: I'm all out of ideas..............Live Steam
Aug 6, 2003 1:35 PM
I have to agree with PP. 70 miles is not enough to determine very much about anything if you are new to cycling. I also agree that you should have someone experienced look at your positioning first. Many factors contribute to discomfort on a saddle. For instance, your seat may be too high. Padded shorts also help with discomfort, but unfortunately for your butt, more time in the saddle is usually all that is needed :O)
re: I'm all out of ideas..............TheJoker
Aug 6, 2003 1:31 PM
Make sure your saddle is the right height. Leg should be at about 155 degree angle when fully extended. Usually your feet will only just touch the ground. Get some half-decent padded cycle shorts. Try not to just sit on the saddle and let it take all your weight...