Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Bikes: Breezer Uptown 8, U frame
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Yes. Take her to a Specialized dealer. They have this measurement tool which will tell you how wide your sitbones are. It's called the "sit-o-meter" or sometimes the "butt-o-meter". This is the key measurement that should be the foundation for saddle choice in women. She won't really be able to narrow down which saddles to try until she does this. Women's sitbone spans vary greatly - and it's not necessarily dependent on height or weight. You can be short with a wide sitbone span or tall with a narrow one. There's only one way to know for sure - measure.
Brooks and Terry saddles are not cheap. I hear Specialized saddles can be reasonably priced and they have a range of saddles depending on the bike geometry and what position that puts one's rear. I would just let the LBS guide you to the range of saddles depending on the outcome of the sitbone measurement.
One other warning to pass along - padding can cause more problems than they solve. Too much padding can result in irritation or even injury to the soft tissue of a woman's pelvic region. That would be bad.
If you do a dealer search on the Specialized site and see a symbol for women's, I think the LBS is supposed to have someone there who actually knows about stuff like this.
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