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    Oww! OOh! Ouch!Ow!

    That time of year again. Time to toughen up the tush. I do almost all my winter riding on a nice comfy wide saddle, no padding required.

    Yesterday, I took the fixie out for a 15km spin. This is the saddle on that one.

    I had my padding on, and I was quite comfortable during the ride, and felt no discomfort after the ride.
    Got back on the same bike today, and I was so tender, I almost turned back after the first block to trade it for the comfy saddle.
    BUT, I stuck with it, and endured the rest of the ride.
    Yeah, I know, HTFU already. I'm sure the calluses will grow back in no time.
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    I call it the spring break-in season. "Does the saddle fit the butt or does the butt fit the saddle ? "
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanknm View Post
    I call it the spring break-in season. "Does the saddle fit the butt or does the butt fit the saddle ? "
    Yes.
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    I rode 37 miles on Saturday, 25 of them at an average speed of 24.2 mph - great downhill run in Death Valley and still felt really great when I got off. That's what a mesh seat on a recumbent trike does for you. I didn't start riding a recumbent until I was 58. Call me a slow learner.

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    Obligatory recumbent endorsement coming in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Obligatory recumbent endorsement coming in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
    Did you miss post 4?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Did you miss post 4?
    Yep. I was in such a rush to post before one came in that I didn't notice that I was too late.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    It's not my place to "instruct" anyone, but why ride the wide saddle in winter if the other one is okay most of the year? Just curious...

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    I guess I do it bass ackwards, I ride the skinny saddle on the mountain bike during the Winter and switch to the recumbents in the Spring. In fact I just did a 25 mile Spring ride earlier today and my bottom feels just fine.

    Silly me!!

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    I just got a road bike seat with gel and a hole in it. Haven't had a whit of pain since I bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    It's not my place to "instruct" anyone, but why ride the wide saddle in winter if the other one is okay most of the year? Just curious...
    Fair question. The winter bike is set up for an upright riding position. I don't do skinny saddles in that position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Yep. I was in such a rush to post before one came in that I didn't notice that I was too late.
    I'll probably be getting the bent out on the next chance I get to ride on a sunny day.
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    Course I've only done the rides in my Spring Preview post. But, my backside wasn't sore at all. Now, the legs, that is another matter indeed. We'll see what happens on the next ride; tomorrow if my nose will stop pouring like it was a faucet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alanknm View Post
    . "Does the saddle fit the butt or does the butt fit the saddle ? "
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Yes.
    Or no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    I'll probably be getting the bent out on the next chance I get to ride on a sunny day.
    I have nothing against riding against recumbents. Some of them look like they might be fun to ride.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Most everyone with skinny saddles gets a sore butt in the Spring.

    But it does seem odd to go from extra wide to skinny.....

    I use a B17 year round.

    Ever consider one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Obligatory recumbent endorsement coming in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
    Obligatory Brooks saddle post in 5, 4, 3--- Whoops! Here it is, a little early!

    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    Most everyone with skinny saddles gets a sore butt in the Spring.

    But it does seem odd to go from extra wide to skinny.....

    I use a B17 year round.

    Ever consider one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Obligatory Brooks saddle post in 5, 4, 3--- Whoops! Here it is, a little early!
    Yep! We often like to suggest that whatever works for us in our own particular circumstances will work for others in different circumstances. Not a bad thing if it is meant to be helpful.

    I avoid the butt pain problem by riding through the winter on the same bikes and saddles as I do in the spring, summer and fall. Not as often, as fast or as far, but enough to keep my butt acclimated. Rebuilding my speed and endurance is a bigger issue for me than comfort or pain avoidance. But that is what work for me in my situation. YMMV.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    How long will it take to break me in on this seat?



    I just started riding and went for my first 33km trip. Sore butt bones, no rash.
    I recall when the bike shop recommended the bike I bought, all I could see was the seat. My question to here was "what going on there?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shreck View Post
    How long will it take to break me in on this seat?

    I just started riding and went for my first 33km trip. Sore butt bones, no rash.
    I recall when the bike shop recommended the bike I bought, all I could see was the seat. My question to here was "what going on there?"
    Greetings to a fellow Ontarioan, Ontarioite? What do they call us anyway?
    Welcome to the forum.
    Your picture attachment does not show up for me, but the answer to your question is.....,depends.
    Tell us some more about the bike and where and how much you are hoping to ride it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shreck View Post
    How long will it take to break me in on this seat?

    I just started riding and went for my first 33km trip. Sore butt bones, no rash.
    I recall when the bike shop recommended the bike I bought, all I could see was the seat. My question to here was "what going on there?"
    What do they call us besides hosers ? Dunno.

    Hey, it's another one ! I'm on the border between Toronto and Pickering by the lake.

    Lemme see now.. From last thursday to sunday, monday a rest day, then yesterday I logged in 101.5 km.. So soreness, no nothing.. so not bad for a new bike and saddle.

    I would have logged in more than the 52km I did on the weekend but my toes got cold.
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    This is why, whenever someone claims they've NEVER had any saddle discomfort whatsoever, I tend to roll my eyes. A certain amount of saddle soreness is expected, unless your mileage stays consistent year-around, year after year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
    This is why, whenever someone claims they've NEVER had any saddle discomfort whatsoever, I tend to roll my eyes. A certain amount of saddle soreness is expected, unless your mileage stays consistent year-around, year after year.
    I'm not sure why. This is the first year that I haven't had some sort of soreness.
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    Screw using different saddles!

    I see no reason not to have the same saddle on all my bikes and I do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Greetings to a fellow Ontarioan, Ontarioite? What do they call us anyway?
    Welcome to the forum.
    Your picture attachment does not show up for me, but the answer to your question is.....,depends.
    Tell us some more about the bike and where and how much you are hoping to ride it.
    I hope to join a club in Durham somewhere, not sure which one though. I been using a MT bike for years, but just got a Specialized bike. I mostly ride the local waterfront trail.




    it looks like this one


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