Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Just hope you do not have the problem I had- it took 4 years to find a saddle that was comfortable for more than 2 weeks.
My problem was that the body kept changing internally to adjust to the lack of the prostate.--But there is hope. First of all you must get an anatonical saddle with the cutout. Get the width right and don't go for a plush saddle. Fairly firm with just a bit of give in it and the two I found that eventually worked were the San Marco "Aero" and the flite "Gel Maxl"
But saddle fit is crucial. Make certain you have the sit bones on the wings of the saddle. Adjust for and aft till you get this right. Then adjust the nose till you can barely feel it. It is there for support and not weight bearing. This may mean that you are sliding forward so either adjust the nose up a bit- and possibly bring the saddle forward. a bit. Takes a bit of time to get right- but one word of warning- It can get expensive.
I was riding MTB's and I did find that the upright position was the main cause of the problem. Once I got a bit more length into my body position- I had a lot less pain. The expense side for me came in that it cost me a new bike (Or 4) to cease the problem. I went road and on that first road bike-I lost a lot of pain. On the 2nd bike I had a higher saddle to bar height and a longer frame- That improved it a lot. So much so that I bought the 3rd bike to replace the first one that was causing butt pain still. Then walked into the LBS one day- sat on a bike and NO BUTT PAIN--- I bought it.
Have gone back to the MTB for many rides and changed the saddle- adjusted the ride stance- but the upright position is my main cause of pain- and still is to an extent.
So get the right type of saddle-Adjust it to get the weight bearing on the sit bones- Adjust the bars down so you feel that you are riding with your head between your knees and you should be fine. Worked for me.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.