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    Saddle for larger guy

    Long story cut short.
    I am fat and large.
    Mt. Bike is in the shop which has me riding my road bike. Which has me thinking about fit and comfort and ....
    My rear is the weak spot right now.


    I am looking for recommendations (an UNrecommendations) for a different saddle.

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    I found the Brooks B17 to allow me to ride longer and with more comfort. Didnt need much breaking in cause I was 350+ when I started riding. Have also tried the C17 which is also very good and more weather proof.

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    does your LBS have a saddle demo program? I'd start there. Everyone's sit bones are a bit different.

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    Gotta try them out. Spending more isn't always an answer either. I really liked the next step up from the saddle I ended-up with when it was in my hands, but not so much once I was my ass on it. Knowing the size you need can be important, but I think you've still got to try it out without judgement.

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    The fit to your body is the critical part. Don't be fooled by plush looking saddles, the best one I ever had was a horrible looking rigid hard plastic saddle that had I not needed to just use it, I would have passed on. I've had fancier, plush and also gel covered saddles that weren't as comfortable as that one. Of course I broke that one at some point heh. The width for your sit bones is a key for support.

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    Standard saddle advice:

    1) Find an LBS which has the Specialized sit bone measuring device

    2) Get your sit bones measured

    3) Find an LBS that will let you try different saddles and exchange them until you find the right one

    4) On a road bike, avoid "cruiser" or "comfort" saddles that are wider than normal road bike seats and have lots of padding. They may temporarily feel softer on your sit bones, but they will just transfer the pressure to the soft tissues around them which is even worse over longer distances, they can also chafe, especially on a road bike.

    5) Many people recommend Brooks saddles. I have not tried them because being able to knock on the saddle like its a door scares the hell out of me, but your mileage may vary (especially if you do enough miles to properly break one in).

    6) My personal recommendation for something reasonably aggressively shaped but with good padding in the sit bone area is the Specialized Milano. Easily the most comfortable saddle for me, but again, every person is different.

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    Demo, or you will be buying a lot of saddles. Regardless, you'll probably be making changes from time to time.

    When I started a regular biking routine my saddle of choice was a B-17 which worked well for years, and one still sits on my tourer. Needs, preferences change; and the saddle I ride now I probably couldn't have gone a block on six years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrenchFit View Post
    Demo, or you will be buying a lot of saddles. Regardless, you'll probably be making changes from time to time.

    When I started a regular biking routine my saddle of choice was a B-17 which worked well for years, and one still sits on my tourer. Needs, preferences change; and the saddle I ride now I probably couldn't have gone a block on six years ago.
    That looks painful.

    The engineer in me doesn't understand how they can build comfortable office chairs that people sit in for hours on end (big people, small people, tall people, short people) and they don't hurt, but we can not build a generic bicycle seat which works for 99% of the people in the world. Heck, just make one for the fat people and make lots of money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWBlue01 View Post
    That looks painful.

    The engineer in me doesn't understand how they can build comfortable office chairs that people sit in for hours on end (big people, small people, tall people, short people) and they don't hurt, but we can not build a generic bicycle seat which works for 99% of the people in the world. Heck, just make one for the fat people and make lots of money.

    I'm sitting in the the cheapest office chair you can buy... it still has several adjustments to try to keep it comfortable, height adjusts and then the back rest can raise and lower, be pushed in and out and a bit of tilt to it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RWBlue01 View Post
    That looks painful.

    The engineer in me doesn't understand how they can build comfortable office chairs that people sit in for hours on end (big people, small people, tall people, short people) and they don't hurt, but we can not build a generic bicycle seat which works for 99% of the people in the world. Heck, just make one for the fat people and make lots of money.
    as should be understood the following is IMHO YMMV

    Different engineering problem. From an engineering point of view the support points are your sit bones (which don't change with your weight) not really your bottom. The foundation of comfort for riding any distance is a saddle that fits your sit bones , is that only as wide as needed to accomodate the sitbones, has a general shape the works for you and has minmal padding.

    you have to try em out.

    what works for me:

    bars equal or higher than seat Brooks b-17

    bars lower than seat Selle italia turbo, Brooks swift....... what did not work was a b17 Narrow imperial (with cutout) top was too flat.
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    Somewhere under all that BF is your hip bones, the sit bones are part of that ,,

    they dont get wider after hitting adulthood, you just add padding. around them

    There is your contact point with the saddle you select a saddle width partially from that width

    and the rest on what riding posture, you prefer ..wider as you sit up more ..

    Narrower as you bend forward more and put more watts into the pedaling.

    my saddle preference remains the same though, I added 30 pounds.. and 30 years..

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    Sit Bones:

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    What saddle do you have on the MTB? If it's comfy there is no rule that says you can't put an MTB saddle on a roadie.

    I have a roadie with an MTB saddle and it's been quite comfy. I've done several centuries on it.


    Mountain bike saddle, of course I ride it in the mountains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    What saddle do you have on the MTB? If it's comfy ...
    When comparing the road bike to the mt. bike, the mt bike saddle is a dream.

    When I was just riding the mt. bike I kept thinking I could do better. It is a standard GT saddle on the GT.

    To a point, I know the road bike is not comfortable and doesn't fit.
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    To a point, the more I think about change the more I think I should.

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    Buy from REI, they have a very liberal return policy and carry everything from soup to nuts.
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    After reading about the comfort of the Brooks B-17 regular, for years, I finally bought one. I shouldn't have waited so long, all those years of pain in my, well you know, and it could have been prevented. Oh, I have read stories of others not having a great experience with them but I really don't understand how, it is so comfy. My butt doesn't even know that it sits on a bike 50-100 miles per week :-)

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    I have the Velo Orange Model 3 on my commuterized hardtail and a Velo Orange Model 5 on my primary commuter. Both are similar to the the Brooks equivalents.

    The most comfortable saddle I had was a Brooks Flyer Pre-Aged, but that was stolen . I would have replaced it but I bought it on sale for about $85, now the cheapest I've seen them is about $100.
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