Does anyone know the proper way to measure a saddle's width? Are the posted measurements posted for saddles based of the surface area of the saddle or the true width not taking into account the saddle's curvature?
I've recently purchased a Trek 4300 and the saddle is killing things down below almost as soon as I get on the bike. I've managed to adjust the height and fore/aft adjustment for my pedal stroke, but no matter how I tilt the nose it makes things go numb and fall asleep quickly. I know that part of the feeling comes from being out of the saddle for 6 years, but I know this isn't healthy.
I know I need a wider saddle and I'm trying to compare things online to my current saddle, but depending on how I measure the saddle's width is between 125-140mm. I can't find the actual dimensions on Trek's/Bontrager's site. I tried going to my semi-local Specialized dealer to get measured, but they pretty much laughed when I told them I was seriously trying to ride and they didn't seem have a clue about Specialized's system. They pretty much steered me to either a super wide grandma-cruiser style saddle with the disclaimer that I would pretty much bend it and should consider losing 100 plus # before I think about riding. While I may be large at 6'4" 350#, I know there are plenty of people in the forum have experienced a similar situation. My LBS Trek dealer doesn't have a wide selection (pardon the pun) of saddles in the shop plus its a 30 mile trek (pun intended) across town to the shop as I live in the middle of tacky tourist town, so its not relatively easy or quick to get there.
Does anyone know how to properly measure a saddle's width so I can compare on my own?