When your comfort bike is no longer comfortable.
My Surly LHT has been my "comfort" bike for the last 2 years. Going from a Trek 1.2 (alum frame, short wheelbase, 23mm tires), I enjoyed the comfortable ride of the LHT (steel frame, longer base, 38mm tires). Purchased the Surly with a Brooks B17 that was great from the git-go. I've put over 7,000 miles on this baby on state rides and a couple 1000+ mile tours. Earlier this year I purchased a Specialized Roubaix Elite (CF). Love the bike! It is light, yet comfortable to ride. Makes the miles easier. The stock seat has been surprisingly comfortable. Took the Roubaix in yesterday morning for the 300 mile adjustment. So without it, I rode the LHT later in the day. Figured I had better put miles on it anyway, as I will still tour on it, and with fenders, it will be a wet road/rain choice for a ride. Only rode 20 miles, but it was far from the comfort ride I was used to. Of course I expected to exert more effort and with less than 400 miles in this year, I'm far from great cycling shape. But a lot of things seemed off. The Brooks saddle seemed to put some pressure on that "area". Hadn't really felt that much before. It also felt like my saddle was back too far, as my butt wanted to slide forward. When I made it a point to slide my arse back in the saddle and sit on my sit bones, it felt like I was reaching to be in the hoods. Stopped to look thinking maybe the saddle had tipped downward, but it actually looked like it was slightly tipped up. But honestly, I'm not sure if it has moved. Probably has always been that way. Maybe I need to get the bike fitted? Actually, I didn't get a fitting from the shop where I purchased it. I did the seat adjustments myself per youtube fitting videos and the bike rode comfortably from day 1. Or maybe I am experiencing a "growing" problem that is typical of advancing in age? The Roubaix has the split seat Romin Comp Gel, so I would think it would be better in that respect. Suggestions appreciated on my next step.