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Old 08-25-08, 05:23 PM   #1
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touring saddle for abnormally wide sit bones.

anyone out there have my problem? i believe the standard sitbone wingspan is 3 inches and i measured mine at 5.. on a standard brooks B-17 my sit bones are over the rivits which is not a place of comfort.
ive never been able to find a saddle that works for me and now i know why. im not a heavy person at all but im very tall so i guess my frame is wide. i went ahead and ordered the brooks B-68 because its 210mm wide in the sit zone which would put my 5 inch spread in the right place,, supposably... ill be using this saddle on my touring bike which is setup with the bars roughly an inch above the seat so my posture will be mildly upright when im on the tops and stretched out when on the hoods or drops. heres my fear... because of my wideness, i will most likely break the saddle in on the outside area and create a huge "ridge of pain" down the center. in the forward position this will probably give me the numbness. im going to be spending months at a time in this saddle and i have aspirations to some day propigate my seed. i think you get where im going with this. anyway. i was considering modifying it with the contraversial selle anatomica cutout... ive seen it done to the b-17 but never the b-68.
i dont know.. basically what i really want is to hear from other people who have my problem and what kind of solutions they have come up with.. is there a better saddle out there for my "situation"?

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Old 08-25-08, 05:28 PM   #2
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I ride a B67 on a touring setup- upright on the top, and low on the aerobars. Get the nose height just right, and it's all day comfort. Order yopu Brooks from Bill at Wallingford Bike- 6 month return policy (and a heck of a nice guy).
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Old 08-25-08, 06:13 PM   #3
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Another vote for the B67/68, I think you made the right choice. IMO the wear will only make the saddle better, not any worse
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When you get the saddle, there should be some proofide & instructions. If you put the proofide on regularly the first months, there shouldn't be any hard "ridge" to worry about.

It's been nearly 10 years that I rode seats with cutouts & I too was concerned about that tender area (numbness is why I switched to cutout seats). It has taken a bit of tweaking to get 'er dialed in, but this first season with my Champion Flyer has been great.
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thanks,, that gives me a little more confidance about my decision.. i have a friend who rides the B-68 and he told me it sagged really fast and when he put the tension on it it just created the ridge in the center. that being said,, he first admitted that he wasnt really staying on top of the maintanence and let it get rained on a few times. ill deffinatly proofide it and cover it when neccecary.

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update.. i just got the saddle and have been riding it around for two days.. obviously not broken in.. here are my emediate concerns. the wide wings of this saddle really hurt the underside of my butt muscles when im in a down stroke and leaned forward on the hoods. right before my glutes meet the back of my legs. its like when the muscles flex its being crushed between my sit bones and the edge of the saddle. will this part of the saddle break in aswell? because its killing me right now.
i know the area directly below the sit bones in the sit area of the saddle will break in and sag,, but the ridge of the rear section? im concerned. it feels like im sitting on two hatchets right now. i tried to adjust the angle but cant find the sweet spot as of yet. im just stressing out because im about to be stuck in this saddle for a month.
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I have exactly the same problem as you so I literally feel your pain. I rode for years not understanding how everyone could describe their brooks b17 as 'more comfortable than their couch' yet all it ever felt to me was rock solid. I never broke it in no matter how far I rode. Then I switched to a selle an-atomica, which was more comfortable (though not any wider) but still not right for me.

After reading lots of threads about saddles I realized what my problem was: My sit bones are much wider than average so I have never ridden on the leather part of the saddle. My sit bones always rest on the riveted area of the saddle. So I borrowed a B68 from a friend and rode for a few days. It was better but still not wide enough. Now I have what to me is the best solution so far: Specialized Alias 155. It's absolutely hideous with silver stripes all over it. One of the ugliest saddles ever made. It might as well be white with gold lettering along the sides that says "ZOOM" and plastic 'bling' gems around the edges... However it is almost wide enough for my wide sit bones and allows me to ride without constantly shifting my position on the seat. Previously I would literally hang them off the back of the saddle, then I'd ride lopsided with one sit bone on the rivets and one on the leather, then switch, constantly searching for comfort.

I even went to go test ride 'bents before finding the specialized alias 155. Now I have something that approaches comfortable. But still, the search continues for something better.
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To fix your immediate problem with your B68 you might look for inspiration here:
http://www.wallbike.com/content/butchering.html

There are some photos showing how people have laced and/or cut their saddle to make it more narrow in the area it sounds like is giving you problems.

good luck!
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I have exactly the same problem as you so I literally feel your pain. I rode for years not understanding how everyone could describe their brooks b17 as 'more comfortable than their couch' yet all it ever felt to me was rock solid. I never broke it in no matter how far I rode. Then I switched to a selle an-atomica, which was more comfortable (though not any wider) but still not right for me.

After reading lots of threads about saddles I realized what my problem was: My sit bones are much wider than average so I have never ridden on the leather part of the saddle. My sit bones always rest on the riveted area of the saddle. So I borrowed a B68 from a friend and rode for a few days. It was better but still not wide enough. Now I have what to me is the best solution so far: Specialized Alias 155. It's absolutely hideous with silver stripes all over it. One of the ugliest saddles ever made. It might as well be white with gold lettering along the sides that says "ZOOM" and plastic 'bling' gems around the edges... However it is almost wide enough for my wide sit bones and allows me to ride without constantly shifting my position on the seat. Previously I would literally hang them off the back of the saddle, then I'd ride lopsided with one sit bone on the rivets and one on the leather, then switch, constantly searching for comfort.

I even went to go test ride 'bents before finding the specialized alias 155. Now I have something that approaches comfortable. But still, the search continues for something better.

yah man,, thats it.. matter of fact, im riding a 155mm saddle right now (Koobie au enduro) and im still sitting on the outside edges of it! total bruiser. its good to hear from someone else who has the same delema. if the B 68 breaks in and turns out to be the answer ill let you know. if it doesnt work out im screwed for the next month.
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