Special Needs Saddle
I am looking for a new saddle and I have been everywhere on the internet. I lost 100+ pounds recently and the 20+ mile bike trips are taking a toll on my coxix bone. I mostly ride for commuting so it is not a huge deal but every weekend I ride about 50 miles so it can get a little uncomfortable down there. Can someone help me in choosing the right one for me?
1. It needs suspension
2. It needs to be comfortable
3. It needs to not hit my coxix
4. I need to be able to ride more then 20 miles without hurting or at least be able to shift my position
Thanks for your help
What type of bike are you riding and what is your riding posture? There are a lot of different saddles in different widths and materials.
1. Suspension can rob you of power.
2. Comfort is highly subjective and discomfort can be caused by numerous things
3. I suspect you are riding in an upright position, that is why I asked the question above
4. Is your coccyx the only thing that hurts, and if so, how do you know what bone it is, are you sure it is not the "sit bones" ?
Your weight should be on your sit bones, not your coccyx. Are you saying that you weight loss has prevented you from sitting on your sit bones? If you are just built oddly, you might need a cutaway saddle. Most major saddle manufacturers make them, but not with suspension. What kind of bike do you ride and do you really need a suspension saddle?
For a full rear cutout that makes specific claim that the coccyx is one of the things that won't get any pressure, check out Selle SMP. Their saddles are split clean from fore to aft.
Thanks for the replies. Basically ever since I lost the weight I have found that my bones are a little tender down there as they have not been used to sit on for quite some time, and I don't want to buy a new saddle that aggravates them. As for my riding position, it is bent slightly. I have a hybrid trek bike, but the seat is just taller then the handlebars so it is like riding on the top part of drops on a road bike. I understand that suspension takes away from the power, but in my experience without it the discomfort is too much. Granted I never road on a great saddle before so it might be different with the better saddles. I think I need to adjust my seat forward a little because I sit on, for lack of a better word, my 'taint' a lot. That might be something to consider.
So I guess what I am asking is is there a saddle that is comfortable without suspension that is guaranteed not to hit my coccyx bone that I can ride short and long distances comfortably?
There's no single saddle that's going to work for everyone, so you'll get a ton of different answers to that question.
Originally Posted by stopher87
What you need to look at doing is changing your riding position so you're not sitting on soft tissues (perenium) and properly supporting yourself on your sit bones (ischial tuberosity). It's going to take some getting used to, but propping yourself on the appropriate parts will make for a far less painful ride.
As for saddles, I prefer a Brooks B-17 Imperial, or B-17 Champion Standard. It's fairly wide in the back and supports my bone structure in my particular riding position which is similar to yours: Bars 1.5" lower than the saddle, and I ride mostly on the hoods. The unpadded, suspended leather gives enough to be comfortable but supports enough that I'm not having excessive contact issues.
Like Clifton said, there will be as many answers as saddles. Go to you LBS and have them look at bike fit (go in your cycling kit, shoes that you ride in etc... should take an hour to an hour and a half), adjust the saddle up and down, fore and aft. If you can go to a LBS that sales Specialized BG stuff, they will be able to measure your sit bones and get you a saddle that fits. I think going to your LBS you'll be happier in the long run and spend way less money than taking the shotgun approach to buying a "comfortable" saddle.
I had a Fizik Arione saddle that had very little padding and wasnt comfortable, now I sit on a piece of carbon fiber (Selle) that doesn't have any padding. I would rather sit on my bike than my favorite leather chair.
I like my Brooks flyer pre-aged. I can't guarantee it will work for you. Also my saddle is about even with my handlebars.