New bike or new bike seat?
Hi Everyone. Just joined from Amherst, MA. I've been riding a Trek hybrid for a while and find that it's somewhat tiring after an hour or so, even going up a minimum grade on a bike path. And- the worst is that the bicycle seat is chafing my butt which makes for a somewhat unpleasant ride-- but I feel virtuous after the ride and glad I did it.
Several weeks ago, during a trip in the midwest, I rented a Fuji Sunfire bike with a wider saddle than I the one I have, and rode in some pretty rough terrain-- grass, sand, dirt-- anything but pavement, and felt great after a couple of hours. Now I'm in a real quandry as to whether I need a mountain bike or a better seat. (I'm 70- and weign about 170).
I've looked on various web site and on this forum for several hours and have discovered some interesting info about specialized seats--Bi-saddle, Spiderflex, The Seat, Brooks' B-17, etc. as well as some bikes in the $1,000+ category. And- still don't know what to check out.
I do a lot of my riding on a rail trail-- and I've tried out several mt bikes but still haven't found the dream bike that feels really different than the hybrid I have.
If anyone has any suggestions for me or can comment on the seats I've mentioned above, I'd be grateful.