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    Do saddles have a break in period

    Purchased my Trek Fitness 7.4 in March the owner of the LBS said I may want to consider a new saddle but, I should give it 30 days before I decided. The weather in March and early April was horrible and just in the last two weeks I have put any significant miles on my bike (187 miles in April with most of those in the last 10 days). The current saddle caused my bum to be really sore at first but, in the last few rides my bum does not hurt while having an hour to 2 hours in the saddle at any point in time. So, either my fat behind is getting used to the saddle or I have broken it in to fit me. Which is it?

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    First you need miles to develop Bike Bottom. In my case it took about 500 miles. Then you know if you need a new saddle. If your saddle feels OK after you have you base miles is you are in business. If not then you have a search ahead of you. Most Selle, Specialized, SMP, WTB, Fi'zi:k Saddles fit or don't fit right out of the box. Leather Saddles on the other hand tend to need a break in period. It seems as if there is some debate as to how long the break in takes and if a break in needs to take place. But that being said most people talking about leather saddles all have methods for the proper break in of a saddle.
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    Most OM saddles are only there for the test rides--Just like pedals- but "Occasionally" the saddle will adjust to the owners butt (Or the other way round) and the saddle can be comfortable.

    I have never found OM saddles comfortable and as soon as possible it has been changed to one off another bike or a new one purchased. Last year I bought the "Cheap" Pinarrello FP UNO and left the saddle on for the first ride. It was no better than other OM saddles but for some reason did not change it. Couple of rides later and I noticed an improvement so decided to give it a chance. It has stayed on the bike and is as comfortable as the other saddles now.

    So give the saddle a chance- You may be lucky.

    However I have found a few OM saddles that did settle in- only to go "Off" after a few months so be prepared to re-asses in 6 months.
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    http://www.ismseat.com/saddle/index

    No break in period for me with my peak seat, instantly pain free on the first ride..

    As for the stock seat, I lasted less than two city blocks. Even the test ride was painfull.
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    Most saddles do not substantially break in (Brooks and similar saddles being exceptions). Butts do break in. See my sig.
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    It's your Butt that is getting used to the saddle..

    leather saddles like new leather shoes have a break in period.

    Gel, in saddle pads, breaks down, not in..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Most saddles do not substantially break in (Brooks and similar saddles being exceptions). Butts do break in. See my sig.
    This is soooo true. A saddle that disappeared under me when I was riding a lot is now, after a layoff of several months, hurting my butt. I've had saddles start to break down, but never in. I ride mostly Fizik.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
    http://www.ismseat.com/saddle/index

    No break in period for me with my peak seat, instantly pain free on the first ride..

    As for the stock seat, I lasted less than two city blocks. Even the test ride was painfull.
    Same with my ISM Prologue. It was love at first sit. I've had it since last June, put around 5,000 miles on it, and it's still as comfortable as when I got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Planemaker View Post
    Purchased my Trek Fitness 7.4 in March the owner of the LBS said I may want to consider a new saddle but, I should give it 30 days before I decided. The weather in March and early April was horrible and just in the last two weeks I have put any significant miles on my bike (187 miles in April with most of those in the last 10 days). The current saddle caused my bum to be really sore at first but, in the last few rides my bum does not hurt while having an hour to 2 hours in the saddle at any point in time. So, either my fat behind is getting used to the saddle or I have broken it in to fit me. Which is it?
    Do saddles have a break in period, no but your butt does...
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    Leather saddles don't agree with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Most saddles do not substantially break in (Brooks and similar saddles being exceptions). Butts do break in. See my sig.

    I tried two different Brooks saddles but neither agreed with me. Five miles and the pain would begin. I finally caved in and got a less expensive but comfortable Terry gel saddle with cutout. The rest of my saddles are in the $35 range and feel good. I especially like C9 for urban/city riding. Even if you do succeed in braking in a leather saddle, you have to sit in that one position where the sit bones have curved indentations in the saddle.
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