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Took advice and measured sitbones! Now where do they go?(7 posts)

Took advice and measured sitbones! Now where do they go?Mr Nick
Nov 9, 2003 8:25 PM
I took the wise advice of MVN and measured distance between my sitbones. Interesting idea. Then I made a piece of string the same length and draped it over my new SLK and my new SLR gel flow. (I am testing both to see which I like better.) The attached picture shows where my string is lying on the SLK and SLR and the red dots are the points of my sitbones and where they are contacting the seat. So all of this information is well and good except that I don't know where my sitbones should be on the seat. It seems like they should be right in the center of the gel, but that would mean I need a much wider seat. Both the SLR and SLK are pretty comfortable and only hurt the sitbones after awhile in the saddle. Can someone help because now I am confused? Am I putting too much thought into this?

By the way I was about to keep the SLK, but now I am not sure.
you are thinking about this way too much (nm)collinsc
Nov 9, 2003 8:42 PM
I agree. Pick the comfy saddle and enjoy the ride. (nm)The The
Nov 10, 2003 12:09 AM
re: Took advice and measured sitbones! Now where do they go?divve
Nov 10, 2003 12:51 AM
I think you should concentrate on how the seat actually feels. Some discomfort in the sit bones may be an indication that you have to position the nose of your seat a little higher. Try to find a happy medium between pressure at the rear and in the center.

Indicated by others in previous posts are your hip position and core strength. This is a very important aspect of seat comfort as well. As you get more accustomed to cycling for long durations at a time you'll begin to sit differently and your hips will rotate more forward to come in line with your back.

For this to allow to happen make sure you don't tilt the seat nose up too far or position it too much forward. Just deal with the increased hand pressure for the time being. Your reward in the end will be a seat that practically disappears from under you and no hand pressure at all. You'll be floating on your bike:)
Thanks. I'm going to stick to my original favorite the SLK. (nm)Mr Nick
Nov 10, 2003 1:11 AM
re: Now where do they go?Fredrico
Nov 10, 2003 11:59 AM
The sit bones go at the wide part of the saddle in the back. You could shift back a few centimeters, and the saddle would be a perfect fit, wouldn't it? The red dots would be right in the middle of the padding on either side.
re: Took advice and measured sitbones! Now where do they go?MVN
Nov 10, 2003 8:36 PM
I don't think you are because if you use a saddle that's too wide, in the long run you'll cause your soft tissues to bunch together and really cause you problems (trust me, I know!). Actually, my lbs owner told me that and at first I didn't understand it. As I began to have problems, it made sense. You want the saddle wide enough so your sit bones are on the wide part of the saddle for the majority of your riding. The pain from your sitbones will go away as you accrue more saddle time. I experienced the same pain when I first started riding. I've read that a thousand times here on this board and I didn't believe it, but after a while the soreness went away and I had no pain at all. Now, no pain on rides of 3 hours or more. My lbs owner told me to sit on the widest part of the seat for most riding, obviosly scooting back for climbing and leverage, and forward for speed. With the saddle I now have, I get no chafing if I stay on the widest part or even farther back. I was lucky that I found the saddle for me after only 4 saddles (actually 5, I forgot about another Koobi I had). I would suggest trying the most comfortable one now, and increase your mileage and your saddle time slowly. I've also read that less padding is better in the long run, and now I believe it. My first few saddles had way too much padding which was murder after 30 minutes-1 hour. Now, minimal padding and I'm good for hours. Everyone else's suggestions about core strength are very good, but IMHO it's a combination of core strength, saddle time, correct fit, and a comfy saddle. Honestly, what helped me was reading this board about fit and bike set-up, finding a comfortable saddle, and strengthening my core. Just one man's opinion. Hope it helps you.

Good luck,