Saddle question-how comfy should it be?
I have been riding for about 4 years now, range somewhere between 500 and 1000 miles per year. I have tried different saddles and have been riding a Brooks B17 for the last year. I have done several metrics, and numerous 30-50 mile rides, and I find my Brooks to be comfortable enough. However I don't know how comfortable I can expect to be on a bike saddle. I usually stand up out of the saddle every 5-10 miles or so, and let my "nether region" have blood flow back in. I have never gotten any saddle sores or anything. Once I finish a ride and get off the bike, my backside feels pretty good after a few minutes, no lasting soreness or problems. However I read of people who have found saddles that seem to "disappear' beneath them, that they are super comfortable and they love them. Just how comfortable can I expect to be? My longest ride to date has been 65 miles, but I plan to do a century later this year. I plan to continue with the Brooks for now as I am not sure I want to spend the money on a continued search, but should I expect more comfort than I have now? Should I be able to find a saddle that is so comfortable I don't even realize it is there? By the way, I am 6'4" and 280 today, been down as low as 255, and hope to get back there.