I'm back to cycling this summer after twenty or so years away from the sport. I commute to work most days and love taking longer rides on the weekends. My idea of a long ride right now is 20 miles round trip, but I want to ride more.
I have an older saddle on my main bike that doesn't have the center cutout like the new ones do. From where I get sore from my current seat, I think I need a saddle with a cutout.
I have been stunned at what saddles cost in LBSs. I realize Things Cost Money but I'd rather buy another $100 craigslist bike than pay $100 for a saddle, especially when people say riders often try several saddles before finding one they really like. I don't mind doing that but not at $100 each, or even $50 each.
Naturally, that brings me back to craigslist, which I enjoy using. There are a bunch of saddles for sale at prices I can more easily afford. Some sellers say if it's a mens or womens seat and provide the brand and model number, but many don't.
Is there a way to tell from looking at a picture?
Does it even matter? I assume it does or they wouldn't be labeled...but maybe that's just marketing?
For what it's worth, I'm a 6'2" man and I weigh 210 lbs now - down from 225 at the beginning of the summer when I started riding. I don't know if that makes my seat needs any different than a smaller person, but I thought I'd mention it.