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Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

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Old 07-26-13, 01:54 PM   #1
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How long for a newbie to use stock saddle?

Hello all,

I have been riding a Trek T900 tandem as captain, for a few times a year the past 4 years. I went out twice last month, which was the first time this year.

In an effort to become more active (I'm 5'8", 250 lb) I picked up a Trek 8.3DS and rode it Tuesday and Thursday this week on reasonably smooth roads (in a pretty upright position - it has flat bars) for 4.5 miles on each occasion (wearing my Bellwether shorts).

I noticed that on the second ride, my sit bones were very painful at the beginning, but not as painful by the end. However, I can tell that I am still sore a day and a half later.

The question: How long should I give this saddle before trying something else? I suspect that part of my problem is the fact that my rear is just not used to riding, but I have no idea how long that will last. Is substantial pain with this little riding indicative of a poorly fit saddle or a poorly conditioned rear? Your thoughts are appreciated!

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Old 07-26-13, 02:05 PM   #2
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If the tenderness is focussed over your sitbones, give it a while - maybe a couple of weeks of regular riding - and see if it improves. It probably will. If the pain is in the soft tissue such as the perineum, that indicates poor fit/positioning.

Was the saddle on the tandem OK? If so you could swap it onto the new bike.
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Old 07-26-13, 02:58 PM   #3
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I thought about trying the tandem saddle. I haven't experienced many issues in the past, but the two times I rode this year, I noticed being sore too. Could be due to putting on some weight since last year as well as conditioning.

I am not having pain in my perineum, only on the sides.
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Old 07-26-13, 04:01 PM   #4
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I suspect that part of my problem is the fact that my rear is just not used to riding,
but I have no idea how long that will last. Is substantial pain with this little riding
indicative of a poorly fit saddle or a poorly conditioned rear?
Your thoughts are appreciated!

Andy
Hi,

I bought a cheap decent saddle for my new Christmas folder,
and basically had no initial issues with it at all, and still don't.

Its good for about 20 miles a day, normal clothing. After
that problems that cycling shorts don't really help either.

I bought a road bike at Easter to do longer distances.
Cycling shorts and some butt breaking in is required
to be comfortable on a longer distance hard saddle.

rgds, sreten.
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Time helps judge. in 2008 I started riding after 30 years. I was out of shape to say the least. My commute was less than 9 miles one way. I knew that my back side would need to be broken in. I was riding a MTB with stock saddle. After some weeks, don't know how long, I was use to the saddle, i mean completely. I did over 750 miles that summer. In 2009 I did not ride due to an encounter with a car that left me with a broken arm. In 2010 I didn't have a job for most of the year and I rode over 1000 miles. Most of it was on my Colnago that was purchased as a result of the encounter. It came with a flite saddle. Several routes were mapped out in 5, 10 15, 20, 25 and 30 mile loops. I found the Flite to be good for around 25 miles. I switch to a Brooks Pro and don't know if there is a milage limit. The Pro weighs over 16 oz and the Flite is more like 10. Given the comfort level, the Pro is my preferred choice even though it is not Italian!

Today I commute on my MTB again to get back into shape and am using the Flilte. I moved it forward last week and now it is working fine for the 11 mile commute. I was sore for the first 75 to 100 miles with some discomfort during the later part of the ride. The last week it does not bother me. Yesterday I happened to take notice while riding and was pleased to realize that all is good.
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Thanks for the advice! The ride following my last on the solo bike was on the tandem (comfort saddle) for around 4.5 miles and the sit bones felt decent. The next day I rode the new bike for about 15 miles (taking frequent breaks) and the sit bones were much better. I've done two 5.6 mile rides since then with better comfort, and I also noticed that sitting more forward on the saddle helps.

This puts me in a bit of a conundrum - my rear feels better sitting a bit more forward than what feels correct. I don't have much room to move the saddle back farther, however, maybe a centimeter or two. If I get to the point where the saddle can't move back any farther, is there another adjustment that I can make to compensate? I think I am going to raise the seatpost a bit more as my knees are more bent than I would like at full leg extension when the pedal is at the bottom.
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Raising the seatpost will have the effect of moving the saddle back to some degree. Also,seatposts are available with varying amounts of setback. I suspect the difference you are finding between the tandem and the 8.3 is mainly due to a more upright position taking pressure off your hands and arms and putting it on your sit bones, so adjusting handlebar height and/or reach will also affect that.
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Went to the LBS and got fitted better... raised the saddle and swapped the stem for one that is adjustable. I'm not sure I have the handlebars high enough, but I did notice some coccyx pain while sitting in my office chair after my ride (also had a little at other times following rides). Perhaps I need a saddle with more of a cut out.
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Have you tried messing with the angle of the saddle much? Sometimes that can make a huge difference as well. Is it flat now, or nose down, or nose up?
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Probably time to just try a bunch of saddles. Find one with a SwitchIt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w0OU36RfWY
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