I've been off my bike since 2005; just started again 5 weeks ago; now riding 10-12 miles 4-5 days a week. I'd like to do a 50 miler this year. I quit biking because I started to feel unstable on the bike and because of perineal(?) numbness after 10 miles. I finally figured my seat was too high, and lowering it restored my stability, but numbness is still an issue. I just turned 69, so I very much want to take care of my perineum.
I'm 5' 7", 240 lbs. I ride a good vintage steel (butted 531) bike that I've had since 1981. The saddle is an Avocet Touring I from 1981. My sense is that my sit bones sink into the soft part of the saddle, which allows my perineum to sink onto the saddle, which causes the numbness. I'm still experimenting with adjusting the saddle, but nothing has worked well yet. If I ride with padded shorts, I can go longer without numbness, but it still comes on, say at 10 miles instead of at 6.
A forum post directed me to Cervelo's 'four and a half rules of road saddles' (http://www.cervelo.com/en/engineerin...-saddles-.html) which makes a lot of sense to me.
I'm looking for a wide-ish, flat-ish, minimally padded saddle. Can anyone point me to a brand and model?
In the late '70s and early '80s, I road a cheap Italian leather saddle on my beloved Atala Competezione. The saddle seemed to disappear under me. Alas the bike was stolen, but it raises the issue of a leather saddle now.
The Brooks B17 is highly recommended, of course. But if I get a B17, and it develops dimples to conform to my sit bones, would that leave me in essentially the same situation I'm in with my Avocet?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.