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Old 01-18-19, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
I see a lot of these posts and it seems to me that a lot of people find a comfortable seat on the 3rd or 4th try. Could it just be that by the time they reach number 3 or 4 their butts have just gotten used to the narrow seat and it really is not a magical seat?

I am asking because I have 4 different bikes with a different seat on each one (same width) and I have never had a problem. Other than when I first started riding again after decades off the bike, after a few rides no more sore butt. Then came the other bikes and never a problem.
That is definitely a factor. In my case both were true. The seat that came on the bike was narrower overall than my sitbone width - there was no getting comfortable on that! Once I got a properly fitting seat, It's still not 100% comfortable, but each ride gets better as my butt gets used to it.
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Heh, I'm on my 4th saddle the past 4 years of owning my bike.

1st saddle that came with my Crosstrail, was too small for my sit bones since the saddle was only 144mm wide. At the end of the first year of riding, I could not handle the numbness issues that created anymore.

Switched to the Specialized Power Comp at 168mm and Wow what a great saddle that was. I say "was", because after 2 years of trail riding, I found one day that I broke the carbon underneath the saddle.

So I decided to try a lesser expensive saddle at the LBS suggestion.

WTB Comfort Gel, at 172mm, ...............was not comfortable and only lasted me last year. There is such a thing as having too large of a saddle for your sit bones.

Recently installed a Selle SMP from Bike Tires Direct on sale for $63 at 160mm wide. The last couple of trainer rides, I've been asking the saddle where it has been the last 4 years? It's a great saddle for me that I feel should last me longer than my Power Comp I had.

Once I get down to my ideal weight though, and hopefully can afford a lighter road/gravel bike, the Specialized Power Comp will be purchased again!
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I've put a couple thousand miles on a Serfas DDM-CT saddle on my road bike. It's a gel saddle. It's big (155mm I think), and the rails stand up kind of high, so it looks a bit goofy when I'm not on the bike. But of the half dozen or so saddles I've tried on the bike, it's by far the most comfortable. My longest ride with the saddle was just over 80 miles. The only thing I didn't like about it was the Lycra cover, which generated some friction with my bicycle shorts.

About a month ago I got the idea to check Serfas' web site to see if they might have a version of the saddle with some other cover material. There I found the Serfas TRS-2 Terazzo saddle, which I think is actually designed for mountain bikes. It uses the same "Dual Density" design as their other saddle that I like, but has a "microfibre" cover, which looks more like just plain vinyl or plastic to me. I thought I'd give it a shot. It's about the same size, possibly a bit longer in design. I've got a few hundred miles on it now, and really like it. The rails don't stand up as high as the other saddle, so it looks less goofy. The friction issue is gone and it seems more comfortable than the DDM-CT. My longest ride on it has been just over 100 miles, and during that ride I spent less time standing on the peals to regain blood flow than I normally do on the other saddle.

The only thing I don't like is that I seem to bump it when I pedal while standing. Which isn't much. I'm going to try pitching it down ever so slightly to see if that helps.

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Originally Posted by Archwhorides View Post
I weigh in at 265 lbs and although I find the Sella Anatomica saddle supremely comfortable, I can't commute on it, because the rails are too long and they eventually collapse from my weight in combination with the jarring miles. The Brooks B17/C17 rails are shorter/stiffer and they have held up well. I've been on the C17 for two years with a total mileage of about 6K, and the saddle is still structurally in fighting shape.
Arch, did Selle AnAtomica help you with their rails?
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I've had a couple of Brooks B17 and a Selle Anatomica Titanico X. They are all pretty comfortable but they are also creaky and heavy and not 100% water proof. The Anatomica sounds like an old wooden sailboat.

My current saddle of choice is the Selle SMP TRK Medium. I have them on two bikes and on long rides, saddle is no longer an issue. I've prefer angling the nose down until I no longer feel it rub my tenders. Sit bones are 130mm (if I recall correctly).
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After some further discomfort I just received a Brooks C17 and so far it is the best of the bunch. Get used to being on a saddle is taking longer than I'd like... Happy to say the pressure on my sit bones has decreased significantly however: weighed in at 310 this morning. That's 18lbs less than when I started this thread and 40lbs less than when I started.
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Haven't pursued it yet with SA, been a little busy, but thanks for asking!

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Arch, did Selle AnAtomica help you with their rails?
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I purchased a new bike in the spring last year and immediately bought a B17. I don't recall haveing problems the last season but on the trainer ive been having numbness issues. I did some research on sone other solutions. There is a company Sq Lab that has a few options. You measure your sit bones, pick your riding position and it directs you to a recommended. This is what I purchased and just received. Cant wait to get it on my bike. I went with the 612 active ergowave. There is also something called the bi-saddle...its bookoo bucks but basically two seat halves that are fully adjustable. Neat concept.
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