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Old 11-11-10, 07:10 PM   #1
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Time to shop for a saddle?

I have 320 miles in now and I know what I dislike about the saddle that came with my Trek 7300. Should I shop for a saddle now or do I need more saddle time.
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I'd say that's enough. You a$$ has spoken.

What don't you like about the saddle?
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Whatever you shop for consider leather no matter the brand leather is the best material for sittin on.
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I dunno, I'd have a hard time not giving it 500 miles, but that's just me and on the flip side, I probably would've swapped out the saddle for a Brooks before I ever left the shop. The fact is that if your butt doesn't like it, it doesn't like it. That Bontrager saddle is probably meant to be throw-away anyway, as tends to be the case nowadays. What exactly about the saddle are you not liking?

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It's much too wide so I tend to move foward on it to keep my lats from getting pinched. So I'm not sitting on my sit bones.
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It's much too wide so I tend to move foward on it to keep my lats from getting pinched. So I'm not sitting on my sit bones.
I'd say that since you identified the problem, and it's not the sort of thing that "breaking in" will cure (from either the saddle's standpoint, or your butt's), then it's time to shop. If it really is a fit issue, and the saddle is just plain inappropriate for your physique, no amount of additional time is going to cure it.
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I'd say that since you identified the problem, and it's not the sort of thing that "breaking in" will cure (from either the saddle's standpoint, or your butt's), then it's time to shop. If it really is a fit issue, and the saddle is just plain inappropriate for your physique, no amount of additional time is going to cure it.
Thanks for the reply. I think Trek's idea was that people using this bike would have been sitting completely upright with the handlebars well above the seat. If I was shopping now for a bike I would get a Flat bar road bike as I have the front suspension set as hard as it will go (can't be locked out) and my seat is slightly higher than my bars.
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Selle SMP http://www.masherz.com/products/sellesmp/trkman.htm

They have other models no pressure on my privates
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Selle SMP http://www.masherz.com/products/sellesmp/trkman.htm

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Looks interesting. I'm going to Chambana (CraigB knows where) today and check some saddles out. I don't know enough to internet shop yet.
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It's much too wide so I tend to move foward on it to keep my lats from getting pinched. So I'm not sitting on my sit bones.
It is very wide.

I had the same saddle (Trek 7000) and swapped it out for a Terry Liberator Y. No regrets.
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Looks interesting. I'm going to Chambana (CraigB knows where) today and check some saddles out. I don't know enough to internet shop yet.
I was just in Chambana last Saturday, where I met some old cycling friends from Peoria for breakfast at the Courier. Afterwards we went over to Champaign Cycle, where neither of us had been in probably 20 years, and were very pleasantly surprised at how much larger and well-stocked it was than in the "old days." Sorry to say I don't recall what kind of saddle selection they had.

We didn't have time to hit any other local shops, though we did drive right by Durst.

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Not wanting to toot the Brooks saddle horn, but I have three of them, and like/ love all of them. That being said, I have also really loved my Terry Liberator, and the WTB that came on my '06 Bianchi Volpe (my son is using the WTB now and loves it). I would steer way clear of anything with gel in it.
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I am assuming you were properly fit when you purchased the bike. If not, my suggestion is to get properly fit first. After you are properly fit, then give yourself time to get adjusted to the position (a couple of weeks and miles). I am a fan of Brooks, but there are many to choose from.
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I bought a Bontrager Nebula but I appreciate your advice.
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Brooks B17. Done.
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