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    Saddle for ladies

    My gf has been complaining lately about the stock Kilo TT saddle being pretty uncomfortable for her to ride for more than about 5 minutes. What are some good saddles for ladies?

    Price range? Something a college student could afford.

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    In a proper saddle fit the saddle width matches the width of the riders sit bones.
    So she will just have to try a few.
    Women typically have wider sit bones so there are women specific saddles that are wider.

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    terry makes some women's saddles that have gotten good reviews.
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    i hate the kilo tt stock.
    As with everyone, not just women, have her try on a few saddles. Everyone's different. Personally I ride the Brooks Swift comfortably.
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    On the ss I built for my gf, I threw on an Iscaselle saddle that's basically the same as a Turbo. She's ridden upwards of 20mi on it at one time, and hasn't had any complaints.
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    I've never tried a Turbo saddle... but they look really friggin comfy. That's the one I suggested for her to try.

    Those Terry saddles look nice, too.

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    Gender and width of sit bones have no relevance except that given them by marketing people.

    Find a HARD saddle with a channel.

    Channel: important whether male or female.

    Hard: our bodies adjust quickly to hard and never to soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
    Gender and width of sit bones have no relevance except that given them by marketing people.

    Find a HARD saddle with a channel.

    Channel: important whether male or female.

    Hard: our bodies adjust quickly to hard and never to soft.
    On average, a woman's pelvis is wider than a man's pelvis. Ever taken an anatomy course where you learn to identify sex based solely on skeletal formation? This is simple fact--and highly intuitive, when you bear in mind a woman's procreative function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JesusBananas View Post
    Terry Butterfly.
    +1.

    many, many of the serious female riders i know swear by this saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cox View Post
    Gender and width of sit bones have no relevance except that given them by marketing people.

    Find a HARD saddle with a channel.

    Channel: important whether male or female.

    Hard: our bodies adjust quickly to hard and never to soft.
    And yet Brooks saddles, which are very highly touted by many riders, have no channel. They also make a slightly shorter and slightly wider model of the Team Pro that is marketed for women. They are on the hard side. I have found Brooks to be, by far, the most comfortable diamond frame saddles for me. No more numb "manhood".

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    One thing she can try is to go to the bike shop and test ride some different bikes for the sake of trying the saddles, and then get one like that. Not all bike shops will take returned saddles after they've been installed, but some will. Nashbar and Performance certainly will. And Terry has a money back guarantee on their saddles.
    But really, the only answer is to try out different things. And not only women's saddles; it's worth trying men's saddles too, you never know. I'm a gal and I find most women's saddles uncomfortably wide, whereas I'm happy enough for up to a century on most men's saddles. For rides longer than that, I get more picky and insist on my particular long distance saddle.
    You can talk all you want about what's popular or what works for someone else, but in the end it's what works for your gf that matters, and the only way to find out is to try stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coluber42 View Post
    One thing she can try is to go to the bike shop and test ride some different bikes for the sake of trying the saddles, and then get one like that. Not all bike shops will take returned saddles after they've been installed, but some will. Nashbar and Performance certainly will. And Terry has a money back guarantee on their saddles.
    But really, the only answer is to try out different things. And not only women's saddles; it's worth trying men's saddles too, you never know. I'm a gal and I find most women's saddles uncomfortably wide, whereas I'm happy enough for up to a century on most men's saddles. For rides longer than that, I get more picky and insist on my particular long distance saddle.
    You can talk all you want about what's popular or what works for someone else, but in the end it's what works for your gf that matters, and the only way to find out is to try stuff.
    This is about right. Specialised has a good selection of womens saddles, in multiple widths and price points. Specalized is one of the few companys that makes road saddles in a 155mm width to fit my wide ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    And yet Brooks saddles, which are very highly touted by many riders, have no channel. They also make a slightly shorter and slightly wider model of the Team Pro that is marketed for women. They are on the hard side. I have found Brooks to be, by far, the most comfortable diamond frame saddles for me. No more numb "manhood".
    Well, some Brooks saddles have channels (e.g. Brooks "Imperial"):

    But that said, all my bikes have saddles without channels (Brooks Pros and Selle Italia "Turbos" for the most part).

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    I hate the Brooks B17 (even after the requisite 1,000+ miles). I'm happy with my vintage Turbo, but I very much prefer the Fizik Rondine MG that I got from steepandcheap. It feels flatter. It's like sitting on a school bus. I haven't tried any of them, but women-specific saddles might be the safest bet. Just don't be a scrub.

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