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Old 05-31-06, 06:26 AM   #1
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What's the most comfortable saddle for a big boy?

I need some help. Especially from the bigger riders. I have a Trek 1000 with the stock saddle. But I need something wider and softer. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-31-06, 08:46 AM   #2
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Saddles are so personal, it's tough to say this one is the best, or that one is the best. I'd recommend going to the LBSs and seeing what they have, and trying some of them.
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Old 05-31-06, 01:53 PM   #3
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softer != better. Harder is usually more comfortable over the softer ones, especially on longer (more than a few minutes) rides. I'm a big guy (320lbs). I ride a narrow, hard saddle and it does quite well.
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Old 05-31-06, 03:41 PM   #4
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just got my new bike and it came with a "hard" narow sadle and its pretty good i think i might need to slide it forward a bit... but my SITTING bones rest were they should on that seat... oh and im fat...lol its like the 12th time i mention this here on the forums (the fatness part), no problem just FYI...
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Old 05-31-06, 03:41 PM   #5
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just got my new bike and it came with a "hard" narow sadle and its pretty good i think i might need to slide it forward a bit... but my SITTING bones rest were they should on that seat... oh and im fat...lol its like the 12th time i mention this here on the forums (the fatness part), no problem just FYI...
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Old 05-31-06, 04:33 PM   #6
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I have a Brooks B17 on my Trek 1000.
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Old 05-31-06, 04:33 PM   #7
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I now weigh 175 pounds, but just a word of wisdom, back when I weighed 225 and would crush the rails on any seat I used within 1 season, I only found one foamy spring loaded seat that was comfortable. It was made in the 80's, and I don't think I'll ever find another one like it. When it wore out, I switched to Bontrager FS2000's and I have used them ever sense.
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Old 06-01-06, 07:12 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advice. I had previously purchased a more narrow saddle that I got from Performance. It was thinner in the front which was nice for my things, however it still felt kind of stiff on the bum. However I recently took it to do a tune up and the guy at the LBS pointed out to me how the rails were bent. I guess my wieght is to much for those thin rails. So I had to put the stock one back on. I tried out one once on a hybrid that felt like I was sitting on a soft couch. It was really wide and even had springs. But I've never tested it on a road bike. I'm wondering if it'll be too wide. The guy sold the bike so I was never able to try it out on my Trek. So I appreciate all the advice you all offered me. I guess I'll just have to visit the LBS and see what they suggest and try out a few.
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Old 06-14-06, 08:45 AM   #9
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Well I went ahead and ordered a Brooks B-17 yesterday. I should be getting it tomorrow. I'm very excited. I can't wait to start using it. Hopefully this will be the last saddle I have to purchase.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:11 PM   #10
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No problem. That's exactly where I purchased it from. Luckily that place was mentioned a few times in this forum. But thanks for telling.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:14 PM   #11
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Crushing saddle rails ...

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I now weigh 175 pounds, but just a word of wisdom, back when I weighed 225 and would crush the rails on any seat I used within 1 season, I only found one foamy spring loaded seat that was comfortable. It was made in the 80's, and I don't think I'll ever find another one like it. When it wore out, I switched to Bontrager FS2000's and I have used them ever sense.
I have crushed every saddle rail I've ever had. This was true when I weighed 230# (buff and slim) as well as my current 280#.

But, my current $40 Specialized saddle with hollow Chromoly rails is holding up. It probably helps that I ride on a Thudbuster. It probably also helps that I've limited myself to setting the rails EXACTLY in the center to keep the saddle from levering itself bent.

In any case, I'm big on Specialized for anything that touches your body. Their Body Geometry group does some really great work. I currently sport Specialized brand Gloves, Saddle and Shoe. The next helmet will probably be specialized as well.

So ... I suggest you go down to the Specialized dealer and have yourself "measured". Specialized is the only company that offers saddles that are specifically sized to three different widths of "sit bones". Saddles are about the most particular things on a bike. So you may have to look around. But definitely give Specialized a shot.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:16 PM   #12
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Well if the Brooks doesn't work out I will defenitely give Specialized a chance. SInce Specialized is so darn expensive I wanted to try others first. Especially since I have a great return policy for the Brooks.
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Old 06-14-06, 07:58 PM   #13
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Not to put you on the spot but how big are you?
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240# and I use WTB Pure Sports (came standard) feels fine so far, I have a short commute though. The longest I've ever ridden it non-stop is about 15 miles, so far, so good..


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Old 06-15-06, 09:56 AM   #15
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I got a B17 from Wallbike.com last week. I'm 6'1" and 240 lbs. I rode a Fizik Arione for 2 years and was fine with it. However this year I've doubled my daily mileage and the Arione became very uncomfortable and painful by the end of 30 and 40 mile rides.

I've ridden the B17 on 3 rides, 25, 32 and 41 last night. After 2 hours, 50 minutes and 41 miles, my butt was fine - no more pain - but now my legs are sore. Sweet. I figured out that since my butt wasn't sore, my average speed didn't decrease and my legs sore because I biked those 41 miles faster than I have done in the past.

It looks like the B17 is the answer to my pain problem and the start of being able to do very long rides and centuries.

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Old 06-15-06, 01:33 PM   #16
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Not to put you on the spot but how big are you?
295 #'s @ 5'-9". Yeah I'm a big clydesdale.
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Old 06-17-06, 10:22 AM   #17
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275# and using a Specialized BG2 Sport, and not bad at $34.99. It is actually pretty comfy. I had planned on putting my gel cover on it but didn't have to. Be careful at LBS's, I asked about measuring and the little twit looked at me like I was a pervert!!!! I think she thought I was trying to get her to touch by butt. Just look at the saddle you can tell the wide ones from the narrow.
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Old 06-17-06, 10:43 AM   #18
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Well my first ride this morning did not leave me disappointed. I absolutely made the right choice in going with the Brooks B-17.
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