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Old 05-24-14, 05:52 PM   #1
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More padding for my butt, please

That title got your attention didn't it? Good. Maybe you can help me out here. I'm tall, thin and have a bony butt that does not fare well on standard saddles. For years I've been just fine using the discontinued Titec Berserker downhill mtb saddles on both road and mountain bikes. Recently I got a newer carbon road bike and that kind of saddle just looks bad on it. Not long ago I switched to a WTB Pure V for my mtb and it works ok on a full suspension. I've been trying it on the newer road bike and I don't think I can do a century on it, not enough padding although the shape and size is good. I need a long saddle with extra padding that looks halfway decent on a nice bike. Any suggestions? My sore posterior thanks you!
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Old 05-24-14, 05:58 PM   #2
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More pizza, beer and ice cream, no more bony ass. Yes, you can say ass.
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Old 05-24-14, 06:01 PM   #3
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brooks?? i had a brooks team professional on my touring bike and damn was it comfy lol either that or go to walmart and buy a comfort class seat for 20 bucks
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Fizik Aliante has a decent amount of padding especially if you spring for the carbon version (not carbon rails, but carbon support under the padding).
Bontrager also makes decent saddles, in your case maybe the Affinity would work.
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Learn to ride. Raise your butt off the saddle and let your legs absorb bumps not your butt.
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Might want to try different riding shorts first. This advice was given to me when I posted an "I need a new saddle" thread last year and it was good advice. I'm still riding the same saddle, just upgraded to some better quality shorts.
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If you want pain, try a big fat, squishy gel filled saddle for 20-30 miles.

Trust me, you don't want more padding, just a saddle that fits. Brooks saddles are very comfortable despite being hard as bricks.

I'd rather ride 100 miles on my bicycle with my Selle Italia SMP than on my Vespa scooter. Talk about a numb butt. Harder to ride out of the saddle on a Vespa; just have to sit there and grin and bear it.
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The WTB Vigo feels much better to me that the Pure V or the Laser. I use that on my trainer (and my mountain bike) but may start to use it on the road as well. Check it out. I currently use the Specialized Toupe and Alias but they are a bit painful after 15 miles though I do need to recondition my sit-bones after a long hiatus.
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brooks?? i had a brooks team professional on my touring bike and damn was it comfy
I have four Brooks "Professionals" in service here; they work well for me. But the bottom line is that saddles are very subjective. Try a variety of saddles; many shops have loaner saddles for testing purposes. Wallingford Bikes has a six-month unconditional trial period on their Brooks and Berthoud saddles:

Saddles - Brooks, Berthoud | wallbike.com | wallbike.com
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If you want pain, try a big fat, squishy gel filled saddle for 20-30 miles.
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Trust me, you don't want more padding, just a saddle that fits. Brooks saddles are very comfortable despite being hard as bricks.

I'd rather ride 100 miles on my bicycle with my Selle Italia SMP than on my Vespa scooter. Talk about a numb butt. Harder to ride out of the saddle on a Vespa; just have to sit there and grin and bear it.
Last summer I starting riding a motorcycle again for the first time since before college.
To my astonishment, that big, wide, soft saddle was making me miserable as hell on long rides for the first couple months.
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That title got your attention didn't it? Good. Maybe you can help me out here. I'm tall, thin and have a bony butt that does not fare well on standard saddles. For years I've been just fine using the discontinued Titec Berserker downhill mtb saddles on both road and mountain bikes. Recently I got a newer carbon road bike and that kind of saddle just looks bad on it.
Remember no one can see much of your saddle while you're sitting on it
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Old 05-24-14, 10:17 PM   #12
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But when I'm off of it that's when the jokes fly, like on here.
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Old 05-24-14, 10:22 PM   #13
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Thanks Chandine, I suspected that for every 6 answers I'd get 1 would be serious and actually helpful. It will be interesting to see how many of the jokers will still be doing centuries when they are 65 and what kinds of saddles they'll be on.
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Old 05-24-14, 10:45 PM   #14
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You really will be better off with better padding in your shorts. Something like Bellwether Newtons have a chamois that is sufficient for a century.
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I run Performance Forte Classic saddles on all my bikes. They have some padding. Sort of like a Terry Fly built with better materials and cheaper. Yes, I still ride centuries and doubles at 68.
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Consider a Selle Anatomica
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Thanks Chandine, I suspected that for every 6 answers I'd get 1 would be serious and actually helpful. It will be interesting to see how many of the jokers will still be doing centuries when they are 65 and what kinds of saddles they'll be on.
I, too, have learned that more padding doesn't mean more comfort. How much hip rotation you have has a lot to do with how comfortable a saddle will be. The most comfortable saddle for my road bike has very little padding. But it wasn't as comfortable for the somewhat more upright posture on my gravelbike, I think I tried six demo saddles before finding one that worked with that bike (and it doesn't have much padding either). What both saddles have in common is a center channel relief so as to not restrict blood flow. I'm sure whatever saddles I use in the future will have that feature, IMO that is far more effective that a lot of unnecessary cushion.
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...I think I tried six demo saddles before finding one that worked with that bike ...
If you don't already know, your bike shop should have some sort of saddle demo program that will let you try saddles for a few days or a week until you find one that works for you. If they don't, look around until you find a shop that does.
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If you want pain, try a big fat, squishy gel filled saddle for 20-30 miles.

Trust me, you don't want more padding, just a saddle that fits. Brooks saddles are very comfortable despite being hard as bricks.

I'd rather ride 100 miles on my bicycle with my Selle Italia SMP than on my Vespa scooter. Talk about a numb butt. Harder to ride out of the saddle on a Vespa; just have to sit there and grin and bear it.
good man. speak truth.
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I probabaly have 8-10 saddles in a box that I tried while learning to find what my butt liked. I was told a 143 was my right size. After the 10 saddles I was told by a different fitter I needed a 155. The very first 155 I rode worked perfectly. I'm not saying that what will work for everyone. I'm just saying that maybe, you can try a different width to see how that works
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I too have found that soft squishy saddles are the worst. I must say that a Brooks I had was extremely comfy. I may try the racier Berthoud this time.
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How long have you been trying the new saddle?

1. Don't give up until you've done at least two rides/week, at least 80 miles/week for several months.

2. Experiment with different saddle tilts, handlebar positions, etc.

3. Try riding with two pairs of riding shorts.
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Learn to ride. Raise your butt off the saddle and let your legs absorb bumps not your butt.
My original post hinted that I do centuries. Why would you think that I need to learn to ride? Maybe you need to learn how to evaluate and respond to a simple question?
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