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Old 08-18-08, 09:25 AM   #26
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FWIW, I think the ladies NEED a place of their own on this male dominated forum.

Besides, "girl stuff" never interested me anyway.
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Thanks so much for all of the suggestions. And I was surprised at the women's only forum ....

I actually had a real problem finding bike shorts--I'm tiny (wear a size 0 - 2) and couldn't find any xs sizes in the stores. I ordered some online but they were still a little big.

The full cut out seats look great. Right now on my regular commuter bike (a raleigh mixte frame single speed) I have one of the cut out seats from Dick's Sports. It's better, but doesn't have the full cut out. I just put one of those on my road bike (a 1980s Gitane--yes, I have really classy bikes. I did the 184.5 mile C&O canal trail on a 20 year old pink and purple roadmaster) because was in so much pain from the recent tour that even a 35 mile weekend ride was terrible. Is there really big difference between the full cut out and the little hole in the seat from Dick Sports?

And about the strong core/hard seat thing ..... I used to be a professional dancer and still take ballet class / modern class a couple times a week so have a pretty strong core and generally prefer the hard seats. Maybe that was my problem on this recent tour--the pink/purple roadmaster has a bell gel seat of some sort.
Gel seats are comfy when you first get on them and are nice to make quick runs to do errands. With a hard saddle you get the support of your sit bones - gel seats tend to be more squishy, setting you down into the seat rather than onto. When you are in the saddle, your tender bits get pressure from the gel padding because the saddle isn't supporting your sit bones.

The saddle that I have posted a pic of is made out of hard leather and is designed like a hammock. The leather will flex just a tad (so it doesn't feel hard) but not to the point of sinking down into it. Over time, the leather will form to your back side, making a custom fit!
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I am a guy but my wife loves her Terry liberator.

The main thing is that you need to find a saddle that will provide you with the right support in the right places. You should start by measuring the spread between your tailbones (google it up or go to a Specialized dealer and ask them to measure you) and then select a saddle that is wide enough for you. In most cases people use saddles that are too narrow because they don't know better.
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When you are in the saddle, your tender bits get pressure from the gel padding because the saddle isn't supporting your sit bones.
I've got a gel seat that has quite thick padding on the sides and sit-bone area, and a groove or channel down the middle. I haven't owned it for very long, so we'll see what happens to it after several more months of riding. I find it's comfortable for the sit bones, and at the same time the channel takes the pressure off the softer bits.
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Comfortable Seat

Look at this seat

http://www.derriair.com/easyseat-deluxe.htm



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So my husband and I just finished the Allegheny and C&O Canal trails--Pittsburgh to Washington DC. It was our first time doing a multi-day distance trip.

By the time I got to DC, I had an advanced case of what I think is called vulvitis (men, cover your ears).

Women out there, any suggestions about what seat to get that's not too weird that won't cause this?

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Seats are so personal. It can take many tries to get just the right one for you. I think I tried 6 different saddles before I found one that was comfortable for me in both the upright and the aero position. I think the key is finding a place/company that will allow you to return a saddle after a period of time if you aren't happy with it. If your LBS will do that, that's great. Terry gives you a 30 day trial period. Koobi (what finally worked for me) does, too. Some of the others may also. Check their web sites.
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I sent a PM to Donnamb about getting access to the Womens Forum. I haven't heard anything back. Is there any other way to get there? BTW, I am a woman.
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I actually had a real problem finding bike shorts--I'm tiny (wear a size 0 - 2) and couldn't find any xs sizes in the stores. I ordered some online but they were still a little big.


And about the strong core/hard seat thing ..... I used to be a professional dancer and still take ballet class / modern class a couple times a week so have a pretty strong core and generally prefer the hard seats. Maybe that was my problem on this recent tour--the pink/purple roadmaster has a bell gel seat of some sort.
You might consider a Brooks saddle. Once they are broken in, you don't have to wear padded shorts anymore, so it might solve your shorts difficulties there.

Since mine has been broken in, I've been able to cover distances as long as about 80 kms without padded shorts ... a couple times wearing a bathing suit and beach shorts.
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What's a good brooks saddle for a thin, very fit woman with narrow sit bones?
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Hello Kristin, my stock answer is to try to find the Specialized Dolce saddle. It has a cut out, and it's been the most comfortable saddle I have ever used (until I got the Brooks Imperial, but that's not yet available to the public). My Dolce Elite came equiped with that particular saddle, and I have bought several more through eBay because I love it so.

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What's a good brooks saddle for a thin, very fit woman with narrow sit bones?
I could only offer that the B17N is the narrowest one they make. It works not bad for me (male) as far as width goes. I really like a Specialized Alias 143. Maybe if you go to a specialized dealer and try to let you measure yourself on their little measuring pad, you could at least assess if it is the right width for you.
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What's a good brooks saddle for a thin, very fit woman with narrow sit bones?
I have fairly narrow sitbones for a woman, and I use the B17 Standard. The B17 Narrow is even narrower if necessary.
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I have fairly narrow sitbones for a woman, and I use the B17 Standard. The B17 Narrow is even narrower if necessary.
Yeah, i guess i meant narrow for a woman. We got measured on one of those Specialized foam devices at our LBS once and we both have narrow sit bones. B17 works fine for me so I'll let her try.

So you recommend that over any of the actual women's models?

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So you recommend that over any of the actual women's models?

Thanks!

Yep. The women's is a bit wider, if I'm not mistaken, but the biggest difference is that it is quite a bit shorter. I prefer a longer saddle. You might want to check with Wallingford bicycles to see what the widths are.
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