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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.

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Old 01-27-12, 09:41 AM   #1
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Do do you guys get bruising on your pelvis?

Just got my first road bike, and the seat is really bruising my pelvis. Here is what I think could be wrong:

A. I just need to get used to it.
B. I have the seat raised a bit too high, although I don't have to reach for the pedals or anything.
C. My butt, or specifically the gap between the two points of your pelvis you sit on a bike seat with, is too big and I need a larger seat designed for a larger man. (6'4" 250)

I'm specifically interested in C, and wondering if any other larger bikers have had the same experience.
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Old 01-27-12, 09:48 AM   #2
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I wouldn't say brusing but i've been riding along time. But yeah, the wider Terry Fly saddle I use is much more comfortable than the WTB Rocket V I have on my second roadie. Eliminates a lot of pressure.

Bad thing is that most riders with a new roadie aren't willing to spend the money for a good quality seat. $100 to me is a small price for comfort as far as a saddle but a mint for others. Just think, to some the $100 is nothing compared to their $300.

But many new riders think $30 is to much eventhough I can't find anything worthy in that range.
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Trying to find the perfect saddle can take a long time.

Much like looking for the perfect shoes for usual feet.
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Never had a problem and I've always ridden a Brooks leather saddle. More padding or a larger saddle isn't always the answer. The comfort of a saddle is actually from supporting your sit bones in the right places. More padding and larger saddles sometimes compresse areas that do hurt if you sit on them. The tractor seat on the exercycle at the gym make my butt ache. I'm not as tall as you are, but I'm in that weight range.

It could certainly be the adjustment. I find I prefer my saddle perfectly level, bu others prefer a slightly nose up or nose down orientation. You'll probably need to experiment.
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Get a different saddle.
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...B. I have the seat raised a bit too high, although I don't have to reach for the pedals or anything...
Try lowering your seat a little (maybe 1 cm/1/2") and see if it helps. You don't necessarily have to be reaching for the pedals for it to be too high. If your leg is completely straight and your toes pointed downward at the bottom of the pedal stroke, that's too high. Most people have one leg slightly longer than the other, so having it high would make you rock around the saddle instead of being supported on it.
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The first place anyone with questions about saddles should go is the saddle page on the late, great Sheldon Brown's website.
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The first place anyone with questions about saddles should go is the saddle page on the late, great Sheldon Brown's website.
That was an interesting read. Thanks for posting the link.
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Just got my first road bike, and the seat is really bruising my pelvis. Here is what I think could be wrong:

A. I just need to get used to it.
B. I have the seat raised a bit too high, although I don't have to reach for the pedals or anything.
C. My butt, or specifically the gap between the two points of your pelvis you sit on a bike seat with, is too big and I need a larger seat designed for a larger man. (6'4" 250)

I'm specifically interested in C, and wondering if any other larger bikers have had the same experience.
Are you new to riding? The area near your "sit bones" will be tender for a while when you first start riding. Eventually you'll get used to it. If it remains uncomfortable, then you need another saddle.

There is no one-size-fits-all saddle. Me, and many others here, like the Brooks leather saddles, but a) they're not magic, and b) they don't work for everybody.

Good luck!
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another vote for the terry fly. i also like the fizik aliante, though not as much. i went on the "saddle merry go round" with used ones from ebay before deciding the terry was best for me.
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Old 01-29-12, 02:25 PM   #11
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When Selle An-Anatomic starts producing the X model for Clyde's get one, your bottom will thank you for miles and miles and miles. Not cheep but worth every penny.
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Also as you gain experience you will pedal more smoothly, and as you get fitter and stronger, you will pedal harder, and with little or no coasting. Every extra pound of force you put on the pedal is one less pound on the saddle.
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Stock saddles are usually pretty bad, too narrow frequently. I predict that if you keep riding this saddle, the bruising will stop as you body adjusts to it, but it will remain uncomfortable.
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You might need a wider saddle. Don't know. But I'm 6 ft 1.5 inches (6'2" in the morning) and ride a fairly narrow racing saddle - my favourite is the old simple, Avocet R1 racing saddle. Not a lot there. But it works. I guess I've toughened up over the years. I bought a fatter gel saddle, the Planet Bike ARS comfort saddle - ouch. Took me 3 months to get used to the "biker spread."
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