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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 06-18-09, 06:24 PM   #1
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Having trouble finding a new seat

I just bought a new bike in February and have ridden around 1500 miles or so and I still can't find a seat I like. I have tried 10 different seats and each one gives me discomfort in different areas. My main problem is my privates keeps falling asleep. The one seat that had a cut out didn't give me this problem till mile 30 or so but it happened on that seat too. I had a nose less seat laying around and that puts my legs to sleep. I had my bike fitted but I have lost 40 pounds or so since so maybe that is the problem. I just want to know what is everyone's favorite seats? I just don't want to spend more than 150 bucks on a seat and end up not liking it.
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Old 06-18-09, 06:41 PM   #2
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Wow, can't fault you for not trying different saddles. For my size, I ride a what I would consider to be a surprisingly narrow saddle, Selle Italia Flight Genuine Gel. The first two things I would think of in your case, would be saddle hieght and nose angle. If it's too high or tilted not exactly right you could suffer. Have you had the problem since the bike was new or is it something that has developed as you've lost weight? If the bike has been properly fit to you, I would start by making a fairly small nose down adjustment or lowering it ever so slightly. If you're looking for a new saddle I would recommend you find a dealer that has one of the various sit bone measurement devices(Specialized, Trek, etc.). From that, they can recommend saddles that should fit your bone structure best.
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Old 06-19-09, 07:54 AM   #3
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I saw a Specialized saddle fitting kit in the LBS, looks like it uses memory foam to make an impression and measure your sit bones, which then correlates to whatever size of (Specialized) saddle would fit you best.

I use a Performance Forte Pro SLX, not an expensive saddle but it is pretty narrow and very light. A bigger person does not necessarily need a bigger saddle - to be blunt, the way it fits your a-- is the most important thing.
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Old 06-19-09, 08:07 AM   #4
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I saw a Specialized saddle fitting kit in the LBS, looks like it uses memory foam to make an impression and measure your sit bones, which then correlates to whatever size of (Specialized) saddle would fit you best.

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I did just that and picked up a Specialized Alias 143. It's just fine for me.
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Old 06-19-09, 12:06 PM   #5
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google up the ISM Adamo. there is a tri place, Trisports.com I think it is, that will rent you 1 for a week for $25, or a # of other saddles, & if you order a saddle from them, give you back $20 as credit.

I rented 1 of these for use in tris b/c laying down on aero bars w/ a regular saddle caused big problems in a sensitive area. this saddle did not do that, so I ordered 1. I still need to play around with the adjustment to be totally hapy with it, but I did enough in the week that I had it to think that it would work out.
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I had trouble with ass pain and numbing and the Terry Liberator (a few variations) solved it. I weight 300 Lbs. They're leather. I've had mine for a few years and it's still in good shape.
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