I bought a new Specialized Crosstrail last weekend, and I really like it, and everything it does, and the way it rides. Stock 145mm seat, which is surprisingly compliant.
The problem is that I have 180 miles on it now (6th day old, today,) which works out to 30 miles per day. I usually do this in 2 1/2 hours, or so. ( a flat tire turns it into a 3 hour ride, not only for the repair, but, it then takes me awhile to get my rythm back.)
The saddle is a twenty mile saddle!.....
No - I do not wear bike shorts yet, but do wear lycra compression shorts under my lightweight, airy, gym shorts. I tried one of those gel pads I had sitting around, and it was very minimally better, but no real relief.
I'm 62 years old, 6', 185#(finally started to drop weight, along with the fat....)
The discomfort is all on my sit bones.....
Where do I turn for the MOST relief.