Ow! My butt!
I rode straight for around 2 hours today in the saddle that came stock with my Marin Belvedere. If I wasn't wearing my new lightly padded bib shorts, I'm sure I'd be bleeding right now! ;)
Anyway - here's the problem: I'm a 5'9", 250 lb dude packing the butt of a 90 lb Supermodel. I can't keep pants up (thanks again bib shorts!), and more importantly...I have very little "natural" padding on the posterior.
I need a new saddle engineered for those lacking a bottom.
Any suggestions within a reasonable price range?
Did you get a saddle fit done to make sure the two match up?
No - I just bought the bike off of craigslist to get started riding a couple weeks ago. I didn't know there was such a thing! :)
I would start there. Your local bike shop should be able to help you out. As far as a recommendation, I would go with the Specialized Avatar saddle. Well built and reasonably priced.
Thanks for the tip, I'll try and get my rear sized sometime this week.
Yeah, A Specialized Dealer has a little pad of Memory foam on a thin board to measure the width of your sit bones. It's called the Ass-O-Meter, and I'm really NOT kidding about the name. :eek:
I second the Avatar OR a Brooks if you don't mind a bit of break in time.
Once you get the Brooks broken in, you'll have a sweet saddle if you go that route.
Highly recommend the Specialized Avatar Gel. I too am blessed with a gut and no arse. I had always just saddle about 155 wide. I had the Specialized width test and found out I needed a 143 wide. Big difference now. I don't have any of the rubbing pain I used to get now.
If you've only been riding a couple weeks and just did a two hour ride, that could be a contributor to the problem. It takes time for your body, including your butt, to get used to distance and time. It's not at all uncommon for a saddle that was perfectly comfortable at the end of the season to become uncomfortable over the winter. It's not that the fit became wrong, just that the person's butt lost it's conditioning. Note that I'm not saying your saddle may not be uncomfortable, or the wrong size, just suggesting that it's possible that the problem might go away with more conditioning.
Originally Posted by Athanasius