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Anyone have any info on this subject?



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Bill Vojtech (not verified)
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"What's the problem? The sit-bone area or the tender tissue in the center? Many modern saddles come with a groove or cutout in the center– no contact means no pain. Some have more or less padding/gel under the sit-bones.

I've also found that some have a flat sitting area in the back, (Specialized), while others have a more rounded shape when viewed from behind, (Selle Italia).

I just switched to a Selle Italia from a Specialized. I like the Selle Italia cutout better, but I think I prefered the flat back section of the Specialized. But it's too soon to tell.

Also, some are smooth leather and some are suede. The seude keeps you from sliding around, the smooth covering allows you to move around and find ""your spot"" on the saddle more easily. There are pluses and minuses to both– easier to find ""your spot"" on a smooth saddle, easier to stay put once you find it on a suede one.

The texture of the covering also comes into play in another way– There's you, your shorts, and the saddle. If the shorts stick to you they act as a second skin and protect you from friction. If they stick to the saddle, they no longer protect you and may actually cause irritation. This would make smooth saddles a better choice.

Some of my retro friends like Brooks saddles. I've tested them out, and they feel pretty good, but they almost weigh more than my whole bike. Plus there's no cutout, and I didn't ride on it long enough to find out if that's a problem. They do cradle the sit-bone area nicely."

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Rob Marcus (not verified)

Okay, I'll be nice and pleasant.

What is your Question???

Try to ride a Comfortable Saddle. Did that answer it?
Did I miss something?

Rob Marcus

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John Z (not verified)

I have a closet full of saddles but have yet to find ones better than those offered by WTB, who were pioneers n developing saddles to reduce pressure on the perineal region.

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steve (not verified)

Thanks Bill, John.. Ill check some saddles by those manufacturers


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Evan Marks (not verified)

Besides what Bill points out above, even a saddle that would otherwise fit isn't gonna be comfy if the tilt and location are wrong.

Most people (but not all) find that tilting the nose of the saddle up a few degrees from horizontal slides them back onto their sit bones and off the soft tissues. Counterintuitive - one would imagine that tilting the nose down is what's required - but it works. So it is with fore&aft location - moving the saddle a half inch one way or the other might make your day. Or not. More than a half inch, you could run into bad bike fit issues (knee, hip, etc).

There's some science to it but it comes after the art (or luck, or voodoo) of first finding the right saddle shape, then narrowing down the many examples of that shape to one that suits you best.

I like the Fizik Aliante, the same basic shape as the San Marco Concor I started out with 20 years ago - deeply curved when viewed from the side, the opposite of Bill's flat saddle. You might like it too. Or you might hate it. *Your butt may vary.

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