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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 06-13-13, 03:19 AM   #1
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Recommend a saddle for a 350 pounder!

Hey everyone,

I'll be getting my first touring bike (thanks to the help of the awesome folks on here) in the next little bit- probably a Surly Disc Trucker- and after having tried the bike once at the shop already had issues with the stock saddle.

I'm a heavy fella at 350 lbs. and ride pretty much exclusively always sitting. I'll mainly just be sticking to paved roads with the odd paved track thrown in. Looking for something that will stay comfy for up to a hundred miles under a big butt and last a long time

I've done some searches and have it kind of narrowed down to either a Brooks B17 or San Marco Regal, but definitely would like to hear some more options.

The saddle is extremely important to me (as I'm planning to do a LOT of miles this summer to help me lose weight and just have fun on in general) so I don't mind spending money on it- lets say up to $200. The one on my current bike (a Specialized "fuze" saddle [IIRC]) absolutely kills me- especially in the nether regions and butt. The one on the Surly was marginally better, but coming from a hell-like saddle, that's still not very good.

I know it's an extremely personal thing, but just looking for some potential advice from fellow Clyde's!

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Old 06-13-13, 03:56 AM   #2
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As you said a saddle is an extremely personal thing, what fits one person might not be the best for another, best bet if possible would be to go to a bike shop that will let you try some saddles and that has a really good return policy.

That being said, I have a Selle SMP TRK on my road bike, nice and comfortable, even on the longer rides. Has a hooked nose to reduce pressure.
Like it so much will be getting another for my MTB.
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Old 06-13-13, 05:42 AM   #3
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Brooks saddles work for me. I have three... One on each bike and the wife has one too
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Old 06-13-13, 12:17 PM   #4
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Saddle really depends on very intimate details of pelvic geometry rather than weight. Don't spend on a lot of money on one saddle. Instead start with that SMP TRK - it's the closest thing to a universally popular saddle - and then if that doesn't work, try different used touring saddles or the older heavier racing saddles until you find one that works. The Selle Italia Rolls and WTB Rocket are other good choices. And Brooks, of course, have their fans - but expect a break-in time.
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Old 06-13-13, 12:38 PM   #5
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I went to a Specialized dealer and they used their pad thing to measure my sit bones and make a recommendation for a saddle for me. I don't have a lot of experience, but the saddle I bought (a lower end Specialized in my size) has been noticeable better than the saddle that came on my bike. I've read enough here to know that chasing the right/best saddle can be difficult; the measurement helped me reduce that chase, I think.
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Old 06-13-13, 12:48 PM   #6
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I'll vouch for the Brooks B17. I've got B17's on two bikes and a Flyer (which is a B17 with springs) on another.
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Old 06-13-13, 02:08 PM   #7
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of course YMMV or YBWV (your bottom will vary).

here is my experince
B17 works well for me for an upright position, not as well when I in more of a road position.

I tried a b17-Imperial narrow....just did not work

My selle italia turbo circa 1989 has always worked well, so I looked for a brooks with a similar profile and topograph (meaning how the top is curved to me) The swift matched best compared to the pro or swallow..... got one an love it

If you are going to ride handle bars same height or a little higher than your saddle then b17 might be a good starting place. Look for a clean used one...if it doesnt work you can always sell it.
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Do you wear bike shorts?

If not, get a pair, they are more important than a new saddle IMO. They make mountain bike shorts that are baggy.
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Old 06-13-13, 08:29 PM   #9
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I don't currently, but am planning to order a pair (can't get my size in stores around here) in the next couple days.

Are these the type I need?

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bigmanprocys.html

I'm not sure if I'm looking for a road short, bib short, compression short, etc.
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Old 06-13-13, 08:51 PM   #10
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I don't currently, but am planning to order a pair (can't get my size in stores around here) in the next couple days.

Are these the type I need?

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bigmanprocys.html

I'm not sure if I'm looking for a road short, bib short, compression short, etc.
I wear a bib version (no plumbers crack....) by aerotech and love them. I usually wear a pair of gym shorts over them because nobody wants to see me in spandex (and nobody includes me).....
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Old 06-13-13, 09:03 PM   #11
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I don't currently, but am planning to order a pair (can't get my size in stores around here) in the next couple days.

Are these the type I need?

http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/bigmanprocys.html

I'm not sure if I'm looking for a road short, bib short, compression short, etc.
More like these:
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...400067__400067

(Not necessarily these ones). You should look for mountain bike shorts.

And, I don't think anyone said they hate the Brooks B17 saddle Your butt may vary, of course
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