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    Which Size Seat Post is This? / Comfort Saddle on Road Bike?

    Looking to get a shorter seat post than the stock seat post the bike came with. Unfortunately even with the stock seat post pushed all the way down, its still a bit tall. If I scoot to the edge of the seat post, I barely can touch the ground with my tippy toes while im sitting down. The specs on the site say the seat post is

    Oval 6061-T6 alloy, 44cm (90mm0: ,47cm (100mm); 50cm (110mm,);53/55/58cm (120mm)

    Thats alot of numbers so unsure exactly what width and length my current post is.

    Also, is it sacrilegious to put a comfort saddle on a road bike? I ask because even with bike shorts on, after 5-7 miles, my balls/ass are pretty numb and then when i stand up to peddle a hill, it feels like blood is rushing back which is also a uncomfortable experience.

    I don't plan on racing anytime soon and am riding just for leisure and relaxation. Would a comfort saddle work? Looking for something that I can ride a long period of time without any pain and a saddle where it would be comfortable even if I forget my shorts one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isuckatbiking View Post
    Looking to get a shorter seat post than the stock seat post the bike came with. Unfortunately even with the stock seat post pushed all the way down, its still a bit tall. If I scoot to the edge of the seat post, I barely can touch the ground with my tippy toes while im sitting down. The specs on the site say the seat post is
    You're not supposed to touch the ground when you're sitting on the bike. You're supposed to reach the pedals. If you can touch the ground your seat is too low.

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    Those look like stem length numbers...but I'm pretty sure your frame takes a 31.6mm post (mine does). I agree with RPK79 though. I can't touch the ground when seated, and had to try a few road saddles before finding something that works well for me.
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    other issues sound like overall you need a proper fitting.

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    Is your seatpost bottoming out on bottle bosses, keeping it from going as low as you'd like? If so, you can hacksaw it off.

    +1 on tippy toes touching ground is just about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by isuckatbiking View Post
    Also, is it sacrilegious to put a comfort saddle on a road bike? I ask because even with bike shorts on, after 5-7 miles, my balls/ass are pretty numb and then when i stand up to peddle a hill, it feels like blood is rushing back which is also a uncomfortable experience.
    Comfort saddle may not be more comfortable. Most people find that a minimally padded saddle is actually better. Your best bet is going to the bike shop and seeing if you can demo several different models.

    Just able to touch the ground is pretty normal. Ideally, your leg is almost straight when the pedal is at the bottom. That means that your foot will basically be at the level of pedal, so it should be a few inches off the ground. If you point your toes, you might or might not be able to touch the ground depending on foot length and ankle flexibility.
    Last edited by gsa103; 05-27-14 at 10:15 AM.

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    Hey guys, thanks for the answer. I guess I don't need to buy a seat post then.

    And that is correct, with the post all the way pushed in, i can only touch tippy toes and thats why my butt about to slide off.

    I do have to take care of the saddle issue relatively soon though. How does one actually try those out? Just buy multiple, install, ride then return?

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    First thing's first: How big are you and how big is the bike? A picture of you sitting on the bike might speak volumes if you're not sure of the bike size (often it's on a sticker on on the seat tube down between the pedals/under the bottle cage.

    If you're, for instance, 5'5" tall and on a 58 cm bike, no amount of adjusting will make it comfortable. If, however, you're in the ballpark, size-wise, we can probably figure out how to save your nuts.

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    50CM and im about 5'6 1/2. Not sure inseam measurement tbh.

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