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    Uneven seat pad wear

    I have a new Alias 120 that I am breaking in. The seat has been great thus far in the way of comfort. The seat is now worn in on the top pads and I noticed that the left pad has a much wider wear pattern than the right side.
    Does anyone know what this might indicate? Leg length discrpancy or other strange biomechanics?

    As an aside I have a lower back problem (L5-S1) that exhibits pain on the right side. Not muscle pain, but bone pain on that bump that sticks out on the lower back.

    Just trying to see if any/all of this is related.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdolce
    Uneven seat pad wear
    Uneven ass.

    (sorry I don't have anything more constructive to say)

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    Thanks. That helps a lot...

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    Lopsided butt....
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    Some saddles (probably quite a few) don't have perfectly lined-up saddle rails. Your saddle might be lop-sided when viewed from the front/rear.

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    Being that you stated you have pain on the right side you might be compensating for that pain by placing more weight on your left side. You may be doing it unconsciously & it may not even be that much more weight but it could be the cause of your left side having a larger worn area. Just an uneducated guess on my part?

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    My best suggesrtion is to pay attention to the compensation theory by DavidLee. Sometimes I have noticed that I do not sit centered on the saddle. This is caused from with leg being weaker than the other or from pain. Once I become aware of this, I center myself on the saddle and concentrate on making sure both legs work equally.
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    All three of my Brooks saddles show deeper indents on the left side. I think humans, especially as we age, become less symetric due to over use or other life-long habit or frailties. Some skeletons found on the Mary Rose were of English Longbowmen who, because of years of training, had left forearm bones that were bowed from stress. I probably compensate for a bad back and arthritis.

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    Thanks for the input... While riding yesterday I thought I noticed that I was "leaning" to the left. I tried to compensate and I felt like it was hard to put adequate pressure on the right sit bone.

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