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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 10-20-06, 12:26 PM   #1
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saddle recommendations?

Ill start this post with a disclaimer: Im a big guy.
Here's the problem: Im a newbie to cyclocross (my first race tomorrow!) and Ive been practicing my mounts/dismounts. Ive been trying to hit the saddle with my thigh then slide on, but I have had the tendency to bend the saddle (two so far). The LBS repalced the original saddle (velo plush), but I doubt they will continue doing that. Any recommendations for a stronger saddle? Am I just remounting WAY wrong?
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Old 10-20-06, 02:53 PM   #2
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You probably are jumping too high and then slamming down on the saddle. I did the same thing my first year and I am 195lbs. Were your saddles cromoly rails? That is definitelly what you need.
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Old 10-20-06, 03:03 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reponse. I have no idea what the rails are. I know the saddle is bottom of the line, el cheapo. Any recommendations for a good cromoly railed saddle? Any strategies to improve sliding onto the saddle rather than jumping?
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Old 10-20-06, 03:38 PM   #4
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Maybe the Ritchey Pro Streem, it has cro-mo rails. It's out of stock on cyclocrossworld.com, but you can get it here: http://www.sagecycles.com/Merchant2/...ode=SD00RCPR01
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tneedham: how comfortable is that Ritchey saddle?
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Old 10-21-06, 01:23 PM   #6
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my taint has no complaint
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How wide is that Richie saddle?
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