I have always felt that trying to find the right saddle was so frustrating. no matter what you ask, what you research it wont do any good until you try it. There are those people out there that can basically ride any saddle without problems and then there are people like me where every saddle seems to have a problem with my anatomy.....to stiff, to much padding, to flat, to wide, nose is to wide....etc.
Last month the wife bought me the cobb V flow plus saddle that I had researched and I thought would be the answer to my issues. I have been trying this Cobb V flow plus saddle for the month and have about 350-400 miles on it. Still haven't given up on it yet but dangit I'm about to. I have played with damn near every position on it, had it looked at with my body position with my LBS to try and get some proffessional help instead of me just toying with it. Still, here we are 5 saddles tried and returned (about to be 6) in less than a year. I had good feelings about this Cobb saddle as it started out great but as of late I find myself wishing I was sitting on something different. Now that I am riding more aggressive, longer average rides and pushing myself to ride more throughout the week my bum is starting to hate me! 2 weeks ago it was front pain, yesterday it was my sit bones. Its like no matter which adjustment I make a part of my anotomy ends up in pain. I did a 70 mile ride yesterday and the last 20 miles hurt like mad. I layed in bed last night which was like 9 hours after getting home from my ride and felt like I was still sitting on my bike. I felt like my sit bones were bruised.
on a side note My riding buddy thinks I should stop using chamois cream and see what happens. (assos cream) This is in more regards to the abrassion like burns I have gotten lately under my sit bones and in the crease of my crotch and leg. Any thoughts on that?
I am going to give this saddle till the end of July and if it doesn't change for the better, it is going back and I am going to look at the Specialized phenom or the specialized Romain. I hear the Phenom is made to be more of a mtn bike saddle but road bikers seem to like it as well as it is shaped like the toupe but has a little bit more padding and doesn't have the plastic nose and tail pieces which are notorious for breaking. The Romain seems to be a little bit wider at the nose than the toupe but has a little bit of a curl up shape in the back. I had sat on a couple bikes that had a curl up rear and they feel comfortable right away. Maybe that will help give some support?
I tell ya, I love cycling. But I am starting to get very frustrated in the lack of comfort and abundance of pain I have felt through all these wrong saddles.
Any suggestions? Other than sell the bike and take up another sport