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    Seat is uncomfortable/painful. Any recommendations for a new one?

    So I started cycling in June, and the seat that is on my Trek 1.2 sometimes causes some pain and soreness, or at least some uncomfortable during riding.. So I'm looking to get a new seat that may be a bit more comfortable for me. Also, maybe this could be a fit issue. I did't get fitted when I bought it, so what do I need to look at to make sure I'm fitted properly?

    Also, I've heard that cycling seats may possibly lead to ED for some due to blood flow being blocked. Can anyone comment on this? If figured if it's hurting my taint a bit, then it may be a problem. I'm probably just being paranoid, but I'm just wonder what everyone's thoughts are.

    Edit: So it seems like I should probably get one of the seats with a big slit in the middle, correct? Mine just has a small indent. Also, I guess I've never thought to ask about this before, but when a bug guy rides, how should I be positioned on the seat? What should be holding all my weight?

    Thanks.
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    This may be a stupid question, but are you wearing bike shorts? I was having a seat comfort problem when I started riding, and I ride a comfort bike. I bought some Pearl Izumi Liner shorts and problem was solved. I now do 30 miles with no sit bone pain at all. Sorry I can't help with the seat selection.

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    Yeah, I have some Bontrager shorts that I wear, but it seems like I still get a bit sore. I can only imagine it's due to my extra weight. I'm about 275lbs.

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    It's not your weight. I was doing 60 mile rides at your weight. I'd get soreness in the shoulders, but not the problem you have. It's fit, which can include a saddle that's just not right for you.

    Here's my advice: I found the right saddle for me by going to my bike shop, and borrowing some of their demo saddles until I found the right one, then I bought one of them. You should do the same. I could tell you which one and it might not work for you. Some shops have an ass-o-meter, a thing you plop down on that leaves impressions where your sit bones were; they use that to help you find the right saddle. There's one example of why this varies so much from person to person.

    I think if there's any truth to the ED thing, it would be if your saddle and position is really wrong for you. A close friend sent me an article warning me about this potential for trouble ten years ago because I've always cycled a lot ... my girlfriend could tell you it hasn't caused any problems.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    i talk today with a lbs about saddle soreness and numbness.
    he suggest to move my saddle nose up slightly, tail down instead nose of down, tail up. this put your wgt futher back to your hips than having the wgt
    going forward to put more pressure in the front.

    he also measure me with the "ASS-O-METER" to get my size, i waS 130-140 mm wide.
    or you can bend over or sqwart down, this pushes out your seat bones out you can feel them and then get your s.other or a" real" good friend to measure your seat bones to get the mm measure ment. i found this method while doing a search on how to doe seat measuring. i did mine an it was the same as the butt meter.

    next you should get your "butt" measure to see what you sitting bones width is
    to make sure you saddle isn't to wide.

    i did move mine and it's better. i haven't on the road yet just on my indoor trainer.
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    I had some discomfort, and then I tried DZ Nuts. Now I have no pain at all. Its great. Its kinda expensive, but I reckon' it will last for quite a while, because you don't really use much for each ride.
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    You want your weight carried on your sit bones. Not on soft tissue.

    Before buying a seat I would make sure that the seat is in the correct position. This includes not only height, but fore and aft, and less so, angle off of level. You may want to have your bike shop help you get the correct seat adjustment. I fussed with my seat a lot and finally gave up and got a fitting. The fitting resulted in major changes in seat position as well as a new seat.

    Instead of using the "ass-o-meter" I measured my own sit bone distance. I took a damp towel, covered it with a sheet of white paper, put it on a hard chair, sat on it, leaning forward. There were two nice little dents. I measured from the middle of the dents and then made sure to get a seat of appropriate width. When I got my fitting I had the chance to try out several different seats. Some bike shops let you have demo saddles for extended tries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coby View Post
    I guess I've never thought to ask about this before, but when a bug guy rides, how should I be positioned on the seat? .
    Beetlejuice?

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    I saw that ass-o-meter at the LBS the other day, I laughed, but it looked like it would do the job.

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    Winter is a good time to go shopping for a new saddle, if you have a turbo trainer at home. You can take it home, ride it for a week or so and decide if it suits you or not. Something about trainer riding makes any saddle problems much more obvious, more quickly, than riding outside.
    Also, make sure you don't have your saddle too high. That can lead to pain if your hips are rocking from side to side around the seat instead of staying flat on top of it.

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    Wow, 9 replies in a "my seat hurts" thread, and nobody has said the "B" word yet!

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    My wife and I have both been extremely pleased with the Selle An-Atomica saddles. Mine is a little uneven side-to-side, but generally speaking they've been way more comfortable than anything else I've ridden, and I'm going to put one on my single bike soon.

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    Nishiki seat


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    Item Number: 11279140

    This seat though not exactly what I would call good looking is extremely comfortable and for $25 not expensive either. I have the Giant branded version of it (it is exactly the same seat, I have ridden on both of them) and can ride seemingly forever without any pain in the nether region.... of course its on my least ridden bike so I don't get a lot of use out of it.
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    I still love my ISM Adamo seats. I have the Typhoon and Century. I like the Typhoon because it is leather and I do not slide around as much, but the covering is very good for staying dry. This seat combined with my bike shorts has made my ride enjoyable again! Love these seats!

    My fitter had these for Rent so I could try them out. I am so glad I did.

    I have an extra Century now to sell now if interested. I only used it a few times before getting the Typhoon. I have three of these seats, to let you know how much I like them. One on my road bike, one on my Mtn. bike, and one on my Spin Bike!

    http://www.ismseat.com/saddles/adamo-century


    http://www.ismseat.com/saddles/adamo-typhoon
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