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    mixed saddles

    I recently got back into riding when my SO & BIL bought me a mountain bike for my birthday. My cruiser still needs work and our roads are not cruiser friendly. I took my first ride of .83 miles the other day, a couple of days ago I took it 1.4 miles and found out that the stock saddle really hurts my rump. My wife thinks I should put my cruiser saddle on the moutain bike instead of buying a new jell saddle specificaly for it. I think that she is crazy what do y'all think?

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    My wife and I both ride Brooks saddles, she doesn't think I am nuts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles.lowry View Post
    a couple of days ago I took it 1.4 miles and found out that the stock saddle really hurts my rump. My wife thinks I should put my cruiser saddle on the moutain bike instead of buying a new jell saddle specificaly for it. I think that she is crazy what do y'all think?
    If you feel those are your choices, I'd try the cruiser saddle. If you decide that you like it - fine. If you don't, you won't have any money invested and you can always buy the jell saddle to try later.

    It's counter intuitive but my bet is most experienced bicyclists will recommend a harder, narrower saddle.

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    find a Bike Shop that will let you ride on a saddle for a while and exchange it,
    if your butt and the saddle are not happy with each other.

    the wider saddles suit sitting upright, leaning forward makes a narrower one recommended.

    the bones in your pelvis that you sit on remain the same, posture makes the difference.

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    Give it time. It does sound as though with the short distance you have ridden the saddle is either rubbish or not set up right for you. BUT give it a few miles and when you get up to a 10 mile ride and you finish that ride standing up on the pedals- then look for a new saddle. If you are still sitting at the end of 10--Then give it a few mores rides and miles to get the saddle and your butt attuned to each other.
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    If the saddle hurts you after only a mile and a half I'd suggest that it may be how the bike is set up that is the problem. Saddle to low or too high, positioned at the wrong angle, set too far back so you are sitting on the narrow part instead of the seat, something like that. So before swapping it out, and certainly before spending money on a new one, make sure you have it positioned properly. Then go for a ride and see how it feels.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    1. Make sure your bicycles are set up properly.

    2. Try the cruiser saddle on the mountain bike and go for a couple 2 mile rides and then a couple 5 mile ride next week. Notice where your sitbones are ... is your body being supported by both sitbones comfortably? Does the saddle feel too wide? Too narrow? Too flat? The following week, go back to the stock saddle and do a couple 2 mile rides and then a couple 5 mile rides with it. How does it compare?

    What you'll be accomplishing here is determining the shape of saddle you need ... and getting your butt used to saddles in general.


    I would not, however, rush out and buy a new gel saddle.

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    Brooks leather saddle is better than any gel saddle.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11629987@N02/sets/72157639939606343/

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    OK, I had no power at the hose all weekend so I spent most of it at Wal-mart in the AC. Not being able to check in here I went ahead and put down the money on a saddle:



    I went for a two mile ride (my longest so far) and had no issues, I was perfectly comfortable the entire ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles.lowry View Post
    OK, I had no power at the hose all weekend so I spent most of it at Wal-mart in the AC. Not being able to check in here I went ahead and put down the money on a saddle:



    I went for a two mile ride (my longest so far) and had no issues, I was perfectly comfortable the entire ride.
    That looks like a very comfortable saddle. It's one of those newer designs, with a groove to relieve pressure in a sensitive area. Good luck with your riding.

    (BTW- Did you mean "House"? You left out the letter "U" so it says "Hose".)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11629987@N02/sets/72157639939606343/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    That looks like a very comfortable saddle. It's one of those newer designs, with a groove to relieve pressure in a sensitive area. Good luck with your riding.

    (BTW- Did you mean "House"? You left out the letter "U" so it says "Hose".)
    Umm, yea, my hose was fine, my house was without power

    I thought that the groove was to let my exhaust escape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles.lowry View Post
    I went for a two mile ride (my longest so far) and had no issues, I was perfectly comfortable the entire ride.
    You should be comfortable on just about any saddle for 2 miles. Now go for a 5 mile ride and see how you feel.

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    I'm working on it, it rained yesterday, and tonite is bill night. It will have to wait untill tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotbike View Post
    Did you mean "House"? You left out the letter "U" so it says "Hose".
    When I first read "no power at the hose" I thought it was a reference to E.D.
    Gave a very different view on the urgency of changing the saddle.
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    I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )

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