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Old 06-26-10, 01:58 PM   #1
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choosing a new saddle

the saddle that came on my SS is okay for < 10 miles but after that, it starts putting a little more pressure on my taint than I would prefer. (even with bike shorts)

any tips for choosing a new saddle? I'm assuming I just need a longer cut out but it seems like a lot of money to spend for trial and error.

Note: no numbness or tingling has occurred, just uncomfortable pressure. It's as much of a distraction as anything.

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Old 06-26-10, 02:50 PM   #2
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There may be no other more diverse issue in cycling upgrades than saddles. What works for some might not work for you so the absolute practice of "try before you buy" must be followed or you are simply tossing the dice.
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Old 06-26-10, 07:44 PM   #3
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Sounds like your present saddle has too much padding.
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I'm one of those Church of Brooks Saddles people that tend to annoy many cyclists, but my B-17 really is the most comfy saddle I've owned and the "break-in period" was nonexistent for me. Yes, they're expensive, but no more than any other high-zoot plastic racing saddles, and if you can find a good enough deal online, if you hate it, you can still pretty much get your investment back if you Ebay it.
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I'm one of those Church of Brooks Saddles people that tend to annoy many cyclists, but my B-17 really is the most comfy saddle I've owned and the "break-in period" was nonexistent for me. Yes, they're expensive, but no more than any other high-zoot plastic racing saddles, and if you can find a good enough deal online, if you hate it, you can still pretty much get your investment back if you Ebay it.
I've ridden on the B17 a few times but never for long enough to really know but a lot of people sure swear by them... that many people cant be wrong. The price isnt that big of a deal if it takes a person 2-3 $50 saddles before finding the "right" one...
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and if you buy a Brooks saddle, get it from www.wallbike.com They have a 6 month no questions return policy.
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I do like Brooks a lot too, and have B-17s on the two of my bikes that I've had for more than a year. No complaints at all about Brooks. There's Selle Anatomica too, but I've never felt the need to try them out.

On my newly acquired tandem, though, I haven't been able to come up with the money to replace the saddle, and the current saddle (some sort of Specialized) is fine. Too much padding can be a problem, so I here, and I personally can't stand saddles with a high ridge down the middle or that are super narrow.

My point, though, is that bad adjustment or fit, or perhaps even posture, can be as much of a problem as a badly shaped saddle. Setting the seat-post high enough and the angle not too low, and getting enough reach to the bars (I'm fairly long) seem at least as important as the perfect saddle (which would definitely be a Brooks, at least for me).
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my seatpost doesnt adjust for angle... crappy stocker. so I guess I can consider getting a new seatpost instead/as well.

also, for the sake of saying it... the cut out on my geared road bike is at least another 1" longer/closer to the nose. never felt any discomfort riding it.

could be the angle, could be the cut out, could be the padding... either way I gotta do something, I enjoy riding the bike too much to end up putting it aside over an easily replaceable part.
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