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    Trek 4500

    I went to my LBS yesterday with the intent to buy a 3900 for myself and a 3700 for the wife. The bike shop was running a sale and I ended up with a 4500 for myself and a 4300 for the wife. The 4500 was $399.95 and the 4300 was $349.95, I couldn't pass it up.

    So far the 4500 is awesome except for the saddle... Wow, what a pain in the ass, literally. I did only 3 - 4 miles yesterday and my ass is killing me. Any recommendation for a saddle?

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    Well the standered saddle that comes with it is a racing saddle meaining that they make it as light as possible by taking out alot of padding. If its that much of a concern, just go to you LBS and pick out a nice padded saddle. I hope that helps.
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    Nope. Can't really help. Saddles are personal. What works for me might not work for you. I ride ones like this



    Totally unpaded hard leather. It's not nearly as bad as you might think

    Or I ride ones Flites like on this bike



    Again a firm saddle but with a plastic shell. This saddle is less comfortable (more padding) because it doesn't flex. I can't stand the junk saver saddles. They numb the ol' Wallys for me and are godawful uncomfortable. Other people swear by them.

    Try lots of saddles. When you find one - or develop the proper butt calluses - stick with it. But it can be a long search. Good luck.
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    Wow, if bought my 4500 at the end of the season I'd get it for $100 less... Oh well.
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    What kind of shorts were you wearing while riding? A pair of padded drawers may be enough if you are not already using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlucardZero View Post
    Wow, if bought my 4500 at the end of the season I'd get it for $100 less... Oh well.
    List is $520. $220. off that bike................?

    pjrocco, if you aren't wearing padded shorts, get some good ones as jyard suggested.

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    j-yard and j-lo go way back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdq 5oh View Post
    List is $520. $220. off that bike................?

    pjrocco, if you aren't wearing padded shorts, get some good ones as jyard suggested.

    I got my Trek 4500 for 470. He bough it for 400. thats almost saving a 100. Since it's the end of 07 it would've been marked down slightly.
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    there's a few ways to try saddles.

    1) just start buying saddles and trying them, expensive and can be slow.
    2) buy a few different saddles at once, keep one, return the others (or sell them on ebay)
    3) see if your LBS will let you test ride a few saddles, they might have test saddles or might even let you try new ones.
    4) some LBS's have the Specialized "saddle meter" that measures your sit-bones (probably awkward) and supposedly tells you what kind of saddle to get.

    I was fortunate to start out as a clyde (210 lbs) so I would severely bend the rails on any cheap saddle, so i kept buying different types of cheap saddles until i found what i liked, then bought an expensive version of what i thought i liked. Unfortunately i'm not 100% happy with my current saddle (only 90% happy) and it has hollow titanium rails, and I weigh less now, so it will probably hold up well

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