Since the winter I"ve been working on moving a parts group over to a Raleigh Super Course that I decided would be my touring bike this summer. All went well and I finally got it where all i needed was the fancy bits---the fun jazzing up. So I thought to myself, "What I fine time for a Brooks Saddle!". Classy, possess qualities as my ideal candidate for comfort...and again...classy. Joy! Bought it, tried it out. No go.
My problem is this Brooks Saddle. I have two now. One I can return in the next few weeks (mens b.17), the other I have to sell because I scratched the rails so they won't take it (ladies b.17). They are BEAUTIFUL, and I assume if I could sit on them properly, they'd be ideal. But that's the problem...I have a long torse and short legs. It didn't cross my mine to be concerned with rail length since they appear so long. But I have to have my seat shoved as far back as possible. It's always been like this. My track bike is set up the same way but the Selle Italia gives me ample hangover, and is okay in terms of comfort. My bikes fit in terms of standover height (i'm a 52/53). Conveniently the track saddle has long rails so I can push everything back far enough. So I wouldn't say my bike is too small. Further, after all I've been putting into these bikes over the year, it'd kill me to hear they are. I always figured if I couldn't standover it then it was a no go.
But I really just desire a Brooks for my touring bike. Other saddles are rather unappealing on the Raleigh and I'm not a big fan of the cushier saddles. But how do I get that extra 1/2" - 1" about?
My LBS said I could try a longer stem.
But I feel it's more where I sit about the pedals. I feel like I have to keep pushing back but I can't get there. And my legs have been sore in where they usually aren't. So it's really just the saddle.
I've thought about getting a seatpost with more setback (which someone just mentioned) but I need ample set back and I'm not sure where to get it, what one is most cost effective (i'm in no need of carbon fiber)...etc etc.
What do I do? Any suggestions?! I'm plum out. Do I just have to sacrifice the elegance of a Brooks Saddle for something...*gasp*...plastic??? The Raleigh is all decked out for the honey saddle, handle bar tape and clip leather. ANY help/suggestions/would be appreciated!!! I can post pictures of the bike, laying out the problem, showing where I stand, etc...anything to get the ball rolling.