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Old 11-06-11, 02:08 PM   #1
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Best Saddle for Your Groin?

I asked this on the Road Bike forum, but figured I would post here since I'm a Clyde, and some of you bigger guys might have some different opinions than the weight weenies over there. I'm 6'3, 250lbs.

I'm in search of a new saddle, and was considering looking for one of those anatomical ones that are supposed to be better for your groin. My wife and I are trying to have a baby, and I think there's a wee little bit of truth to the thought that spending too much time on the bike is not good for that, which is my main motivation for looking for that type of saddle, but I don't want this thread to be an argument about that. I was wondering what types people were using? I was told to check out the Adamo saddles, but I'm not sure which kind. I'm just a recreational cyclist. I was riding about 100 miles a week for most of the summer, but dropped off a little the last few months because of the baby thing. My club does a winter training program and I'm going to start this week to get back in shape so I can hit the road strong again.

So what's out there, and what do you guys reccomend?

Also, I know that fit is very subjective, but if anyone could ballpark what size I might need to order that would be great.
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Old 11-06-11, 03:06 PM   #2
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brooks b17 all the way for me get the imperial for groin cutout

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Old 11-06-11, 05:22 PM   #3
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I "loaned" an ISM Adamo Typhoon saddle to a friend of mine to try out before I had a chance to test it. I guess that says something for them as he won't give it up now.

I currently ride a Selle An-Atomica Titanico and LOVE every mile I put on the bike. At 250 when I started it was the only saddle that stopped the numbs- it was still comfy at 190 and it's still good at 220- I got lazy this summer when I changed jobs.
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Old 11-06-11, 05:37 PM   #4
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I can't say I've ever heard anyone talk about saddles leading to infertility. I know there's some talk about ED as a long-term result of poor fit and posture, but I don't know anyone personally who's suffered from it. I've had my share of occasional numbness while on a bike (mainly when riding trainers indoors, where you rarely change position and almost never get out of the saddle), but it's never caused a problem.

If you're really concerned, get a saddle with a cutout or a longitudinal groove on it. One way or another you'll need to do a little experimenting with make, model and position. Everyone is different.
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"I think there's a wee little bit of truth to the thought that spending too much time on the bike is not good for that" <----- thats not true or al the cycling community wouldnt have kids at all. If you are having issues having kids and your wife is crazy for one probably her anxiety and rush for having a kid is the one that is causing you problems.

Good luck and any saddle that doesnt get your bollocks numb is a good one.
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Old 11-06-11, 08:24 PM   #6
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I just purchased an ISM Adamo Road saddle and have been very happy with it so far. It took a little while to get the fit dialed in and a couple of rides to get used to having all of my weight supported directly by my sit bones. The real revelation for me is how easy it is to get into the drops and stay there for an extended period of time. With my previous saddle, a Selle SMP Lite 209, the seating position worked well when my hands were on the hoods but got a bit uncomfortable when my hands were on the drops. The Adamo Road works well in any hand position.

With that said, the Adamo Road is definitely a performance-oriented saddle. Those who are looking for a bit more comfort might be better served by ISM's Typhoon or Century saddles.
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