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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-06-08, 08:04 PM   #1
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56 miles, longest ride so far

Highlands Bikefest is in town and we have over 200 riders on rides from 14 miles to 100 miles. I rode with some friends and some new friends and we did 56 miles. I felt the best I've felt since my surgery a month ago and relieved to finally be improving. The hills were not too bad but the wind was brutal. 20 mph winds are wonderful on your back but painful in your face. With that kind of tailwind even the hills are no problem but with that kind of headwind the down hills are still a problem but I'm so pleased with how much better I'm doing nothing could discourage me today.

My Lemond hit 300 miles today and other than needing to true my rear wheel after hitting something and loosening a couple of spokes the bike is perfect

My only issue is the seat. My butt hurts after about 25 or 30 miles and I'm thinking about upgrading my saddle but I'm not sure where to start. I did a fitting at my LBS on the ASSOMETER and moved my saddle width up from 132 to 154 but it doesn't seem to help much. Got any ideas?
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Old 12-06-08, 08:23 PM   #2
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Wow, good job! You can easily do a century. At mile 60-70, you get this feeling that you can't continue. Eat a trukey sandwich then you're back at feeling like mile 20!

Make sure your spokes have enough tension, not just trued back into place. As far as a saddle, hmmm! Everyone is different. I don't mess with race saddles. Gimme a Terry Fly and I'm good as long as my shorts are of decent quality.
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Old 12-06-08, 08:45 PM   #3
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Not sure how many k's you have but you just may need more time in the saddle. At the start of th eyear even after riding trainer all winter my butt always hurts after 20-30k then it goes away hurts again at 60-70 then goes away. I think sometimes it's because I hardly get out of the saddle. If I get up once in awhile no problems.
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Good job on the ride! As far as the saddle goes get a high quality properly fitted one. It seems to me that flex and proper width is critical. The seat has to fit between your ass bones (ischial tuberosities), if it doesn't you'll certainly feel it. I am getting a new one because of numbness in a certain area- I have a cheap saddle that came with the bike (Felt Z35). Very stiff especially at the nose of the saddle. I am looking at a Selle San Marco
http://products.sellesanmarco.it/sch.../uso=/feature=

Regardless, have the LBS throw some on a bike and try them out.
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Old 12-06-08, 09:32 PM   #6
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Yo Red,
Congrats on the ride, especially in windy conditions! It seems to be windy everyhere, ugh. We've had ONE day without significant wind in about five weeks. Coincidentally, my new LeMond got her maiden voyage (18.5) today but with a malfunctioning computer and the 20 mph wind (gusts to 35) it was hard to size her up. Making little tweeks to bars and seat was on the agenda too. Post a pic or your new ride or is there one already somewhere?
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Ride the wider seat some more before you give up on it. If it matches your sit bones then the pain should subside after a few weeks. You've barely started breaking in your ass.

3-4 weeks at least for a noob....maybe more.
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Yo Red,
Congrats on the ride, especially in windy conditions! It seems to be windy everyhere, ugh. We've had ONE day without significant wind in about five weeks. Coincidentally, my new LeMond got her maiden voyage (18.5) today but with a malfunctioning computer and the 20 mph wind (gusts to 35) it was hard to size her up. Making little tweeks to bars and seat was on the agenda too. Post a pic or your new ride or is there one already somewhere?
My camera is screwed up and I'm going to need guidance in posting pics when I get it fixed. Beanz posted a pic of one just like mine back in November when I got it.

Gotta go back out today and test that wind and my fat old behind again.
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Might look for a leather Brooks saddle. The more you ride them, the more comfortable they become. Though stiff at first, with use the leather will assume the contour of your butt. I believe they are much more comfortable than those jell filled things. Mine is thirty years old. People often ask me what its doing atop my classic Italian bike. I just smile.
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Might look for a leather Brooks saddle. The more you ride them, the more comfortable they become. Though stiff at first, with use the leather will assume the contour of your butt. I believe they are much more comfortable than those jell filled things. Mine is thirty years old. People often ask me what its doing atop my classic Italian bike. I just smile.
This is a little drastic. OP with limited miles has some ass soreness and he's got to get a 300 dollar saddle to solve it?

OP, ride more. There will be some soreness initially with even the ideal saddle/fit after a longer ride. It will get better as you go along, get more miles in. Not only does the saddle have to break in so does your ass.
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This is a little drastic. OP with limited miles has some ass soreness and he's got to get a 300 dollar saddle to solve it?

OP, ride more. There will be some soreness initially with even the ideal saddle/fit after a longer ride. It will get better as you go along, get more miles in. Not only does the saddle have to break in so does your ass.
I did what you said. Rode 32 miles this morning. Butt still hurts. But you probably knew it wouldn't be better today. Actually you gave me hope. I'm perfectly willing to keep riding if there is reason to believe it will get better. I already know I'm stronger than I was a month ago and I'm confident my butt can get stronger too. I'm not afraid of spending money on a saddle but not if isn't going to solve the problem. Probably help if I lost a few more lbs of ass
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