Join Date: Jan 2013
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Saddle/Numbness Solution Finally!!!
Just throwing it out there for anyone just getting back into it or anyone experiencing the saddle "discomfort' and/or "numbness" issues... Since resuming riding last month i have had some miserable rides and was making little progress. Mostly due to soreness of the old sit bones and a lot of numbess/discomfort where no one wants it. I was really grinding and efforting to just get little 15-16 mile rides in and was numb "there" for hours and even a full day once after. Much different than my riding days of yore...
Tried many things: adjust my body postion(s), adjusting saddle angle/height etc.., adjusting handle bars...all to no success or change really at all.
FINALLY: Broke out the wallet (but didn't even have to go to deep) and purchased a "Selle SMP TRK" saddle + a pair of Bontrager Baggy Style Padded riding shorts.
Holy Cow!!!! Huge difference!!! HUGE
Rides doubled with no effort first time out and increasing every ride since...AND no numbness whatsoever and very little sit bone discomfort and then only at the very end of the ride when it probably should hurt...but even then its very mild and dissipates quickly...kinda like that "good hurt" that lets you know where you've been and what you've done.
The Selle saddle has a nice wide cut out that goes all the way up through the nose and the nose takes a nice dip downward. This gives the effect of little to no pressure on the perineal area and man does it make a difference. Add the riding shorts that add a little support to "things" in addition to some padding for the sit bones and....well anyway, it works for me...works very well and has made a ton of difference...
My unqualified advice: Get a saddle similar to the above and a pair riding shorts (both together were under $100) and smile while you ride...a lot further... a lot more comfortable... Then when your core improves and you get "back to fighting shape" you can re-saddle appropriately...But this is an awesome starter or heal up set up...for what its worth.