Ok, first of all sorry Ė Iíve held off asking this for as long as possible, thinking that with enough reading and trial and error Iíd find the answer myself, but nothing so far. I know this forum is flooded with the type, but still...
In 4 weeks Iím off on a long old tour, and Iím desperate to find a better saddle.
Have tried a range of saddles (below), in all manner of positions, angles etc.
All I know is that whatever saddle I ride, I get super sore sit bones (usually accompanied by some nice raised sores after a couple of days), and if I ride a saddle without a cutout I get that pins and needles feeling..
I currently ride a Specialized Alias on my road bike (around 20m a day commute and usually a century on the weekend), which is great during the week, but my sit bones usually hurt on rides over 60-70 miles.
Iíve also measured on both a Spec Ass-ometer and the trusty bin bag of flour Ė smack bang in the 145 rangeÖ.
FYI: I wear padded shorts, wash myself often enough(!), and while on tour use chamois cream, wipe down in evening (with anti-bac gel too), and sleep nude (er, in case that info helpsÖ).
Saddles Iíve tried include:
Specialized Toupe (&Gel)
Selle SMP Trk
Selle SMP Strike
Selle Italia Gel Flite Gel Flow
Iím not expecting a magical solution, just a last ditch attempt to find any suggestions about what to do/get
Happy to spend the cash to get the right one, only problem is Iím running out of time to keep trying new onesÖ
And yes, I realise I'm being incredibly difficult...
Current thoughts are between the Specialized Sonoma (bit like the Alias but softer), and the Selle Anatomica - does anyone know of any retailers in the UK for this? Bit anxious about buying one now and then trying to send it back days before I leave the country!
*The Caveat: I know this will probably automatically make me a bad person, but Iíve tried a Brooks B17 and it didnít work for meÖ I rode it about 700 miles and although my sit bones were ok, I could feel the impotence setting inÖ Iím pretty sure I need something with a cutout. Sorry.