Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: S.E. Pennsylvania, USA
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I Finally Got Them Sorted Out
I think I've finally got the saddle situation sorted out on the three road bikes I ride the most. It's been a frustrating few weeks, but after over 10 hours on each bike, I have no discomfort on any of them, and that is something about which I can celebrate! I was fearful I might have to stop riding for a while.
The Jamis is sporting a Selle Anatomica. I thought it was expensive, but it is well worth the money on this bike. This is my long ride bike, and the Selle Anatomica really makes a very big difference after the three hour mark. It's a bit heavier than I'd like, but then so am I. So the weight factor is a wash.
The Cannondale has a Specialized Alias on it in the widest size. This is my rain, commuter, night riding rig, and it's the one that I ride in the most upright position. Hence the wider seat seems to work well. I seldom ride this bike for more than 2 to 2.5 hours at a time, which is a good thing. At about the 2.5 hour mark the backside is getting just a little cranky, yet bearable.
The Specialized has a Selle Italia SLK on it, and it is surprisingly comfortable. It is much more firm than the Selle Anatomica. So, it feels a bit hard until after the first 20 to 30 minutes, then I tend to forget that it is there. The longest ride on this was just a little over three hours and it was fine. Typically, this bike gets used when I want to go out and hammer (well as close to hammering as I can get). For me these kind of rides almost never go over three hours.
My steel lugged 80s Specialized Sirrus isn't shown, but I modified my Brooks Pro with the same cutout that is on the Selle Anatomica, and it seems to work well. I can't be completely sure of this, however, because right now this bike is on the trainer. And, I hate the trainer so much that it wouldn't be fair to judge at this time. I'll know more when I get it on the road again this spring.
So, all in all, I'm pretty pleased with the saddle situation right now. I wonder what I can obsess about next?
Last edited by BSLeVan; 02-11-08 at 08:31 AM.