How do you "fit" a saddle? Everything I have read says everyone is different when it comes to saddles, and I can pretty honestly say the OEM saddle on my bike is not for me... but I do not have the money to just keep buying new ones until I find one that works for me.... Im new to cycling, so I have no idea how to handle this, Im sure there is is an obvious and simple answer, and will I will feel stupid when someone tells me...
Go sit on more saddles . In Bike shops.. where you can try them . its between your butt and thew seat , not a spectators opinion.
local here offers a return - exchange so people can ride around on it a day or 2 ..
Originally Posted by fietsbob
Ok, I will have to check around with the LBS's if they do that..
just another gosling
Performance Bike also has an unlimited return policy. I buy them 3 at a time to help close in on what works faster. I wash them and replace in the original packaging with new zip ties and return in the original box. You can't really tell if a saddle will work for you until after the 3rd hour on the bike, so make the test rides substantial. The last time I had to do a saddle hunt, I rode a century on the candidates, but that's not possible for everyone.
When you go to your LBS, sit on their Ass-O-Meter to get your sitbone width so at least you'll have a starting point. Besides that, there's no way to do it other than trial and error.
The Bicycle Chain and Performance both have good return policies. The Bicycle Chain will measure your sit bones width to get you started in the right direction. There is also a guy in Southern Pines (Velo Lab) that has some computer system where you can sit on any of his seats and you can see where the pressure is being applied while you pedal. I think this is $75 but it is easy to waste that on seats plus all the time you waste trying to find the right one. I have not used the service personally so I cannot speak on how effective it is.
Last edited by ncpaul; 06-12-14 at 03:44 PM.
Check out this you tube link about gebiomized saddle pressure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ULqDK6hkyA. Only 10 or so fitters in the US use it. You have a guy in Southern Pines you can check out to help with saddle pressure issues.
Try to watch this YouTube Video to see if you can your best sitting position. Good luck!
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nILYjTo4Lkw