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The saddle... an indepth look(4 posts)

The saddle... an indepth lookMr Nick
Sep 12, 2003 11:02 PM
I am trying to analyze the type of saddle I want to buy. In my area there are not many to ride (flite, prolink and more flite) so I need to take what I know and hopefully extrapolate correctly.

I ride a Selle Italia Prolink Genuine Gel. I like the sit bone area, but I have a lot of discomfort in the perineum and get some numbness. I was told this is a slightly curved saddle which could be the cause of the pressure in that area, does this sound right?

If this is true it would lead me to believe that a flatter saddle would be more suitable. Something like a turbomatic 4 perhaps?

By the way I am a spinner not a masher.

But then I read online that the prolink is a fairly wide saddle and it seems that many of the flatter saddles are narrower. Is this true or too much of a generalization?

Bottom line I think a seat with a rear area like the prolink, but that doesn't put so much pressure on my privates. Any suggestions?

Is it possible to come close by analyzing or am I just going to have spend a lot of money online?
re: The saddle... an indepth lookDERICK
Sep 13, 2003 2:00 AM
I also have trouble with my perenial area when it comes to saddles. I just put the Selle Italia SLK on my bike and it does a good job of removing pressure. The cut out goes further forward so you're always on it. They also make a more padded jel version.

Try buying saddles from performance bike. They have a return policy which lets you return any item you're not fully satisfide with. It doesn't matter how long you keep it or how much you use it. I don't think you can tell much about a saddle on one short test ride anyway. Buy one from performance and put some real miles on it. If you don't like it return it and try another one. No risk and no collection of expensive unrideable saddles in your closet.
re: The saddle... an indepth lookpumpkin
Sep 13, 2003 7:48 AM
Nickster:
I'm a recent ex- Prolink user. That funny saddle curvature always gave me numbness/pain no matter how I adjusted it.
FWIW, I just bought a Terry Men's Fly and realize how much comfort I have been missing over the last two seasons with the other saddle. BIG difference!
I'm 200lbs will the SLK handle that kind of weight?Jack9
Sep 13, 2003 1:02 PM
I'm 200lbs will the SLK handle that kind of weight?