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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-03-16, 01:31 PM   #26
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Already a lot of 'which Saddle is right for me' threads have been done .

All I can say is which saddle I bought and it was OK for me to sit on with My pevis.

really is Not applicable because You Dont have My Pelvis.

"Saddle" http://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=308679
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Old 09-03-16, 01:58 PM   #27
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Get a Brooks you will not be disappointed..
Not everyone likes Crooks Saddles. I Love the way they look on a Vintage Bike. But I find them very uncomfortable. And very heavy. Much prefer a Rolls or a regal.
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Old 09-03-16, 02:01 PM   #28
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Not sure if this has been mentioned or not; many LBS's have piles of used seats for sale. You might go in asked to "try before you buy" and give different styles a ride. I purchased a bike the other day from my local shop (The Freewheeler in Grand Rapids MI) and the guy pointed to a wall of seats and told me to take my pick. I am pretty happy with what came with the Fuji though.
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The max weight for these is listed as 250lbs. Given this is a clyde forum, how many ride these that are over the weight limit? I've been thinking about one but am not at the magic number yet.
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Good question. I live in the 240s and ride an X, I don't feel like I'm at the edge of the seat's strength or anything.
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The max weight for these is listed as 250lbs. Given this is a clyde forum, how many ride these that are over the weight limit? I've been thinking about one but am not at the magic number yet.
My X arrives tomorrow. I'll let you know how it performs under my 270 lbs butt in a few weeks.

To provide my own take on everything said here I'll share that my WTB Pure V has been perfect on my mountain bike.

I bought another on for my road bike and couldn't stand it even on short rides.

I have was having decent success on my road bike until Monday with an old Selle San Marco Tecno Dynaimca. It was very flat and lightly padded which was great for several hundred miles. I went for a two hour ride and for the last 30 minutes I could not get comfortable. I went home and bought this Selle Anatomica.

I don't know what changed on Monday but awful.
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My X arrives tomorrow. I'll let you know how it performs under my 270 lbs butt in a few weeks.

To provide my own take on everything said here I'll share that my WTB Pure V has been perfect on my mountain bike.

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OK that is funny. I have a Pure V on my mountain bike as well and it has worked well for me over the years. Of course, on a MTB you seem to be on and off the saddle a lot, so maybe it isn't quite the same. I rode for 3 hours or so each Sat. on that saddle when we lived in India (foreign assignment) and had no complaints.

I also ordered an X, not having any self control I guess and determined to try to get something more comfortable on my road bike.
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The max weight for these is listed as 250lbs. Given this is a clyde forum, how many ride these that are over the weight limit? I've been thinking about one but am not at the magic number yet.
I weigh in at 260 lbs and have owned 3 SA Type X and 1 Type NSX. I love the X on my road bike from the start through many thousands of miles, wicked comfortable. On my commuter I broke the rails on two X saddles after about about 6K each- too many miles on crappy urban routes with my payload. The NSX is into 2K and seems stronger; took a little bit to break in, comfort is a bit shy of the X.

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The max weight for these is listed as 250lbs. Given this is a clyde forum, how many ride these that are over the weight limit? I've been thinking about one but am not at the magic number yet.
I was 260-280 when I was using one. Weight really isn't an issue, durability is. It's great while it lasts, but it won't last as long as most.

It's good enough that I didn't care, but YMMV.
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I weigh in at 260 lbs and have owned 3 SA Type X and 1 Type NSX. I love the X on my road bike from the start through many thousands of miles, wicked comfortable. On my commuter I broke the rails on two X saddles after about about 4K each- too many miles on crappy urban routes with my payload. The NSX is into 1K and seems stronger; took a little bit to break in, comfort is a bit shy of the X.
I just love Boston's car eating pot holes. I hit one close to 30 once, and thought I was going to die on the way in.
Despite shocks, it still bent spokes and the wheel went out of whack.

If I was going to ride there, I'd get 30-35c tires and run them at as low a pressure as I could get away with.
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I was 260-280 when I was using one. Weight really isn't an issue, durability is. It's great while it lasts, but it won't last as long as most.

It's good enough that I didn't care, but YMMV.
I agree that the SA saddles are so comfortable (for me) that I overlook the rail durability issue. Over the years SA has altered their rail design to improve the durability, however the basic hammock principal of the saddle design that gives its comfort results in a longer rail than conventional saddles. The longer rail is more prone to bending and stressing the components when taking an unrelieved hit on something like a sudden depression. I ride more out of the saddle now to eliminate these jolts, but there are always surprises in these streets.
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I'm 240 lbs (down from 265) and 6'3". 64 years old -- which is certainly a factor. 2014 Giant Defy Advanced 1. So we're not far apart, except maybe in age.

I've been through LOTS of saddles, looking for the Holy Grail. Clue: it doesn't exist. Don't believe anyone who says it does, or that "the saddle disappeared beneath" them.

That being said, there are better and worse saddles. Yes, it is a matter of your anatomy. Yes, you have to find what works for you. And yes, it is helpful to listen to what has worked for others.

But the biggest yes is making sure you have a good bike fit. The problem is that you can spend a lot of money and still not get one. My experience is that a bike fit is a good place to start, but then you have to make adjustments from there. And, your fit will change as you lose weight, get stronger, and get more flexible.

All that being said, here's my list of saddles and experiences. Emphasis MY. YMMV.

Specialized Phenom: painful
Bontrager Affinity RL: wonderful on my Trek 2.3, awful on my Giant Defy
Fizik Aliante gamma: came stock on the Giant. Good at first, but got too soft. After an hour, I felt pressure in perineum
Fizik Aliante Versus carbon braided: rode for 2 years. Great at first, but also got too soft
Selle Italia Superflow SLR: not bad, but not significantly better that the Aliante Versus
Selle SMP Pro: interesting, but after an hour I felt as though I were riding on 2 rails. Transfers pressure from ischial tuberosities to ischial rami.
Brooks Cambium C17: hard, and unlike the B17, it will never get any better. BUT, I loved the width.
Specialized Romin Evo Expert Gel, 168mm: This may be the one. All the width of the Brooks, with a little padding and a perineal cutout to boot. And, like the Brooks, it is best set (for me) level nose to tail, which leaves the nose appear a little elevated. This takes pressure off the hands (an issue I've had for years) and settles my tail back into the "hammock" of the saddle.

Specialized is the only saddle maker -- I believe -- who makes a non-leather road bike saddle the same width as the Brooks saddles that everyone loves so much. For many of us big people, the width is crucial. But B17s are designed (read the Brooks literature) for people riding upright on their bikes, as I did on my wonderful 1962 Hercules "English racer" 3 speed. As soon as you lean forward to get on the hoods -- much less the drops -- of a modern road bike, you transfer your weight from the ischial tuberosities to the ischial rami. Then a different part of the saddle becomes crucial, and many of us find a channel or a cutout helpful in relieving pressure.

The interesting thing for me about the Romin is that I find I'm riding lower on the bars than with any previous saddle. I'm even comfortable riding in the drops for extended periods of time for the first time. I think that's because the Romin is rotating my hips forward in a way the other saddles didn't. That's a good thing.

I'm still playing a little with the position of the Romin. But after about 100 miles so far, it feels pretty amazing.

By the way, many people swear by the Specialized Toupe, which is flatter front to back, has a cutout, and is also available in 168mm. And Specialized has a new saddle, the Power, which comes in 168mm and has a much shorter nose, making riding forward even easier. The owner of the LBS where I bought my Romin says the Power is the best saddle he's ever ridden.

Good luck!
Spring 2018: after going through several more saddles hunting for perfection, I ended up with a 155 mm Specialized Power Expert. This saddle is amazing. Those 3 cm missing off the nose make all the difference in the world.

With every other saddle Iíve used, a constant issue is getting the tilt right to balance the pressure on my sitbones with the pressure on my genitals. Too far nose up and my genitals are squashed; too far nose down and Iím sliding forward, pressure on hands, and hard on the sitbones. The Power solves the problem by putting my genitals (why do people writing in bike forums keep using euphemisims for body parts? Grow up!) in front of the saddle. The saddle can then be adjusted to balance the sitbones and the perineum, which gets additional relief from the large cutout.

Itís unfortunate that the Power gets advertised as a saddle for a low riding position. While it certainly makes riding lower on the bars or in the drops much more comfortable, the Power makes every riding position more comfortable for me. If you lean forward while riding, the Power helps with posterior comfort. Maybe if youíre riding bolt upright on a pub bike or leaning back on a recumbent the Powerís design is superfluous, but I would think it would help any rider of any size on any drop bar bike.

The Power is an absolute game changer. I wish I had gotten one three years ago when it first came out ó it would have saved me hundreds of dollars and thousands of miles of discomfort. Now I canít for the life of me understand why any bike saddle has a nose. Iíll certainly never ride a nosed saddle again.

Of course, your mileage may vary. But I recommend trying one out.
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