Hi all, I'm over from the Track bike forums. And as a disclaimer, I'd like you all to know that I have searched and read many of the past threads on the topic of saddles. But, I have some specific questions that have gone unanswered.
Like many of us Clydes (I clock in at 225lbs), I have spent a lot of money trying to find the right saddle. When I'm saddle sore, it's is mainly a result of chaffing, rather than pressure on the wrong parts. Now is this a sign of poor saddle fit or is it because I might be wearing the wrong kind of underwear (boxer briefs)?
I have had great success with a Brooks Team Pro, I've experienced that cherished "disappearing saddle" feeling with it. Though my problem with it is its weight, and vulnerability(to weather, and theft). And this might sound cliche but I do want something lighter.
I used to ride a Regal, but that gave me horrible chaffing. From reading more and learning more about bike fit, from what I can remember, I think I used to sit too far back on the Regal (Nearly on the rivets) and I was heavier (250lbs). Could these have been factors in my bad experience with the Regal?
This raises my next question, about saddle width. The Team Pro is advertised to be 160mm, while the Regal is 150mm. Can 10mm (5mm on each side) really make or break the fit?
Lastly, has there been anyone here had any cross-over success? Reading past saddle threads, people were very polar about Brooks. They either loved a Brooks, and hated newer technology(gel, foam, etc) saddles or vice versa. I ask this because I am considering some Specialized Body Geometry saddles.
I know many of you have more experience with this stuff than I do, I would appreciate any insight.