Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-20-11, 08:04 PM   #1
Tex Bs
Member
Thread Starter
 
Tex Bs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: The Woodlands, TX
Bikes:
Posts: 37
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Best Clyde Sized Saddle

At 6'1 and 250, I am having a hard time finding a saddle that is comfortable after 15 miles. I have moved the saddle and made a number of small adjustments, and just cant find a long term comfortable position, and that's what's making me think I need to change to a different.

My current saddle is from Performance and is a Forte Classic.

What saddle has worked for you, and as you have de-clyded (lost weight), have you needed to change saddles?
Tex Bs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-11, 08:28 PM   #2
mthayer
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: LLano, TX
Bikes: 2009 Novara Randonee
Posts: 568
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Well saddles are a matter of trial and error until you find the one that fits you on that bike. I have one bike that I use a Koobi tri saddle on and it is comfortable. I tried putting it on a different bike and I get discomfort from it. I have a Planet Bike competition saddle that goes on that bike. your best bet is to find a lbs that have demo saddles, most charge $5 a week to try them out and then purchase the one that you like the best. Other riders have good luck with Brooks saddles.
mthayer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-11, 08:43 PM   #3
Biggziff
not as fat as I was
 
Biggziff's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Upstate, NY
Bikes: Trek 7000, Trek 5500, Fuji Newest 1.0
Posts: 945
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I went to a shop that had the Specialized BG saddle fit system...which is a board with memory foam on it. You sit on it and they measure the impressions left by your sit bones. I tried 2 saddles and found the second, less expensive one was very comfortable for me.
__________________
humans can be so....rude
Biggziff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-11, 08:52 PM   #4
IAmCosmo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Roanoke, VA
Bikes:
Posts: 554
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Saddles are very personal. I ride a Specialized Toupe and love it, but I have a friend who can't stand it. He rides a Fizik, and after 5 minutes on it I felt like I had just been to the proctologist.
IAmCosmo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-11, 11:16 PM   #5
ChargerDawg
Senior Member
 
ChargerDawg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oceanside CA
Bikes: Madone 5.9, Sequoia, World Sport
Posts: 232
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
This is strictly trial and error.

Some like the Brooks B-17. I have settled on a Terry Liberator Gel, and ride a half century without problem.
ChargerDawg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 02:46 AM   #6
Rona
Senior Member
 
Rona's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Groningen, Netherlands
Bikes: Pre-Grant Peterson Bridgestone Mixte, Gazelle Champion Mondial Semirace Mixte
Posts: 289
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a brooks and just keep waiting for the break in period to be over. After 30 kilometers, I just want to drown it in a canal. That's on my roadbike.

I have a cheap torn up no-name on my touring bike that I found at a thrift store. I don't know what I will do when it finally kicks the bucket. I don't know if anyone makes something similar. It's all trial and error. Get your seat bones measured and go from there. A too- small seat will be incredibly uncomfortable.
Rona is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 03:40 AM   #7
chefisaac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: cherry hill, nj
Bikes:
Posts: 6,145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
brooks all the way. I have the b-17 and love it. kinda spendy but your butt will thank you!
chefisaac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 03:41 AM   #8
chefisaac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: cherry hill, nj
Bikes:
Posts: 6,145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
there is a break in period for the brooks. Some say it takes a while and some break in quicker.
chefisaac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 04:52 AM   #9
Mongoeric
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 66
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I tried the B-17. It was very comfortable but I started to develop 'blood flow' issues!

Went to a noseless saddle - the Adamo Road. It took me some time to adjust to it, but now there is no looking back.

In a 92 mile ride a week ago there were no major saddle issues.
Mongoeric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 06:18 AM   #10
Barrettscv 
Have bike, will travel
 
Barrettscv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
Posts: 10,598
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Brooks saddles will get better over time. However, they should not be painfull, even on the first day.
Barrettscv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 09:29 AM   #11
chefisaac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: cherry hill, nj
Bikes:
Posts: 6,145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
mong: I assume you mean blood flow issues in the crotch?
chefisaac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 09:45 AM   #12
sstorkel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes: Cervelo RS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, Schwinn Typhoon, Nashbar touring, custom steel MTB
Posts: 5,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Brooks saddles will get better over time. However, they should not be painfull, even on the first day.
I've had a B17 on my drop-bar touring bike for the last week. At this point, I'd rate it as the second-worst saddle I've ever tried. Given the design, I'm not sure how it could ever be comfortable for anything other than a bolt-upright riding position... Mine will be coming off the bike today and probably on it's way back to Wall Bike.
sstorkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 10:19 AM   #13
chefisaac
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: cherry hill, nj
Bikes:
Posts: 6,145
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Brooks makes other saddles other then the B17. Perhaps it might help to take a look at them.
chefisaac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 11:24 AM   #14
contango 
2 Fat 2 Furious
 
contango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: England
Bikes: 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Comp Disc, 2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
Posts: 3,998
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tex Bs View Post
At 6'1 and 250, I am having a hard time finding a saddle that is comfortable after 15 miles. I have moved the saddle and made a number of small adjustments, and just cant find a long term comfortable position, and that's what's making me think I need to change to a different.

My current saddle is from Performance and is a Forte Classic.

What saddle has worked for you, and as you have de-clyded (lost weight), have you needed to change saddles?
I guess I got lucky. I bought a Specialized Rockhopper in 2009 and still have the original saddle on it which works just fine. I recently bought a 2009 Tricross and the stock saddle for that is just fine too.

For me the biggest difference was when I realised I needed to lower the nose of the saddle a little. That made it comfortable to raise it a little higher which meant I could put more power down to the pedals without that extra power squashing things that prefer not to be squashed.

I'm about 6'4 and weighed ~280 when I started cycling.
contango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 05:03 PM   #15
sstorkel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes: Cervelo RS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, Schwinn Typhoon, Nashbar touring, custom steel MTB
Posts: 5,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
Brooks makes other saddles other then the B17. Perhaps it might help to take a look at them.
I'm pretty well convinced that none of the Brooks saddles will work for me. At least initially, the B17 puts way too much pressure on the soft tissue and not enough on the sit bones. This may change at some point (though having played with the tension adjustment, I doubt it), but I'm not willing to suffer through the break-in period when there are better options available...
sstorkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 05:07 PM   #16
Neil_B
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
I'm pretty well convinced that none of the Brooks saddles will work for me. At least initially, the B17 puts way too much pressure on the soft tissue and not enough on the sit bones. This may change at some point (though having played with the tension adjustment, I doubt it), but I'm not willing to suffer through the break-in period when there are better options available...
Sometimes it's just a matter of adjusting the position. Do you have your Brooks level, or slightly nose up?
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 05:54 PM   #17
Mongoeric
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 66
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Yes, blood flow in the crotch.

It's the only blood flow I'm really concerned about!

Eh, maybe the big head a little.

MongoEric
Mongoeric is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-21-11, 06:40 PM   #18
XR2
Senior Member
 
XR2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Back in the hills again
Bikes: 88 Bridgestone T700
Posts: 1,004
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't believe you should give up on a saddle w/o trying to adjust the position a bit. Just bolting it on and riding isn't going to do it. Look around on the site there's some good information on fit.


EDIT: Here's a good write up (PDF format) on bike fit from Selle An-Atomica.

Last edited by XR2; 08-21-11 at 07:13 PM.
XR2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-11, 11:59 AM   #19
sstorkel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes: Cervelo RS, Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Pro, Schwinn Typhoon, Nashbar touring, custom steel MTB
Posts: 5,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neil_B View Post
Sometimes it's just a matter of adjusting the position. Do you have your Brooks level, or slightly nose up?
I've spent a week and 100 miles or so riding it. I've tried level, nose-up, forward, backward, slightly less tension, slightly more tension, and anything else I could think of. I can get the saddle to be comfortable if I'm sitting bolt-upright with just my fingers on the tops of the bars. Given the design, I think that's really the only riding position where the saddle might work. If I lean forward at all, I find the saddle starts putting increasing amounts of pressure on my soft tissue and less on my sit bones...
sstorkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:44 PM.