I'm doing a century ride (well, the metric, not the full 100) this Saturday. I've been riding this saddle:
Came with the bike. I don't know for sure but it's gotta be between 170-175mm, and it is too wide through the beginning of the nose. Chafes the butt-thigh crease like crazy after 25-30 miles. It's great on 10-20 mile rides, but longer ones cause issues.
I found a place online that will let you rent Selle SMP saddles to test out. This showed up today:
It's the Selle SMP Strike Extra. I know that new saddles can fool you, and I have not taken this out for a long ride yet, but I went ten miles today and I gotta say...it slips in under my sit bones just perfectly. I spun pretty fast and didn't even feel it against my butt-thigh crease area at *all*. And I wasn't even but buttr'd or anything. Just a dry chamois.
So am I completely insane to take this on the century ride? I just have this really really good feeling about it. Plus it will be a really great test. If I get through the day and still love it, then I buy it. Of course the other side of me says "Hey dummy, do you really want to be out there 50 miles in and start crying because you hurt your butt?"
I'm leaning toward taking it. Opinions?