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First ride on new CADD6

Old 04-04-09, 08:18 AM
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First ride on new CADD6/Saddle issues

Hey all....well I went for my first ride on my fisrt road bike after being out of the saddle for about 10 years. My first impressions of the bike were that it was a very stiff and fast ride. I have recently quit smoking and still am working that out of my system so i only did 7 miles. with the wind and the new sensation of cars flying by me at 60 mph it was enought for the first trip out. One thing is for sure this is a long road ahead!!Even though i had gel shorts on my butt is brusied or at least feels like it. I played around with the handle bars and seat possition after my ride unitl i could sit on it and hot hurt as bad. I guess its just part of the fun. The saddle that is on the bike seems very very small for my frame....do you guys have any suggestions on a cyde approved road saddle???

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I have a R1000 .The stock saddle really sucked.I use a Terry Fly men's saddle. Nice and comfy.
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i ride wtb saddles. they too, are nice and comfy. pics needed
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Originally Posted by ryan2001
Hey all....well I went for my first ride on my fisrt road bike after being out of the saddle for about 10 years. My first impressions of the bike were that it was a very stiff and fast ride. I have recently quit smoking and still am working that out of my system so i only did 7 miles. with the wind and the new sensation of cars flying by me at 60 mph it was enought for the first trip out. One thing is for sure this is a long road ahead!!Even though i had gel shorts on my butt is brusied or at least feels like it. I played around with the handle bars and seat possition after my ride unitl i could sit on it and hot hurt as bad. I guess its just part of the fun. The saddle that is on the bike seems very very small for my frame....do you guys have any suggestions on a cyde approved road saddle???
Welcome to C&A, Ryan.

I don't know how much you used to ride or how far "into cycling" you were, so I'll offer this on the assumption you had minimal.

re: Sore Butt
Your butt (actually not your butt, but your "taint") will be sore until you get used to it. In fact, even after you've been riding awhile, if you suddenly increase the distance you're riding, it will be sore then as well. It all has to do with time.

re: Saddles
Ask on BF and you'll get 1,000 responses recommending 2,000 saddles. Besides, after 7-miles, you don't know what a comfortable saddle is yet. You need to get some mileage in before you start messing with the saddle. You're butt is going to need a "breaking-in" period. You're going to have to learn the difference between "sore-I'm-not-used-to-it-yet", versus, "painful-it-isn't-right-for-me". And this just takes time in the saddle. Sorry. Maybe re-visit this issue after 300-500 miles.

re: Small Saddle
Don't be misled: just because you appear bigger doesn't mean your skeletal frame is too large for your saddle. In fact, saddles that are too wide hurt more than ones too narrow due to chafing of the junction between your butt cheeks and your upper leg. Visit a bike shop (LBS) that carries Specialized bikes. They have a little gadget there called (I'm not making this up) the "butt-o-meter". It will measure how wide your "sit-bones" are. They can then tell you how wide a saddle you should have. Chances are, your butt's just as wide as any other person.

For instance, I use a Fizik Arione, what many would call a narrow "racing saddle" even though I'm 260-pounds. It fits me.



Gel shorts: almost always a big no-no. When you sit on them and squish the gel, it has to go somewhere. It usually goes into your soft tissue, causing unnecessary discomfort. Get one with a chamois, but not a gel. I (personally) think gel is unnecessary in cycling. Maybe others have a different opinion.
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I have the CAAD4. THe ride is a little harsh due to the aluminum frme, but I put on 28 mm wide, 110 psi tires and that helped a lot (as compared to the 23mm/150psi tires). The bike came with a CF fork and I bought a CF seatpost to cushion a bit more of the ride. As a Clyde, I found the accessories an absolute must have.

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Sheldon Brown's article on saddles is HERE
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Update....tonight i fussed with the saddle a little. I moved it forward on the post about 1/2". It made all the diff in the world to my rear. Rode 10 miles through town and not even a bit sore or real un comfy. i think i was sitting on more of the nose of the saddle vs the "butt" of the saddle with it pushed back Loved it. I need to bring the nose of the saddle down a bit i think it might be too high.

Thanks for all the input....I think i will keep fussing with the current components(Saddle, post hight and handlebar angle) before i start switching out components.

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By the way...left the gel shorts at home. Dont know if it helped or not??
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Originally Posted by ryan2001
Update....tonight i fussed with the saddle a little. I moved it forward on the post about 1/2". It made all the diff in the world to my rear. Rode 10 miles through town and not even a bit sore or real un comfy. i think i was sitting on more of the nose of the saddle vs the "butt" of the saddle with it pushed back Loved it. I need to bring the nose of the saddle down a bit i think it might be too high.

Thanks for all the input....I think i will keep fussing with the current components(Saddle, post hight and handlebar angle) before i start switching out components.

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By the way...left the gel shorts at home. Dont know if it helped or not??
It is amazing how a tiny adjustment can turn a bike from poor to good...

A word of caution, though - keep your saddle as close to level (from front to back) as possible. If it is nose-down your weight will try to slide forward and you might get excessive pressure on your hands. Personally I prefer slightly nose-up to slightly nose-down, but to each his own.

If it is just downright uncomfortable, though, try lowering it by 5mm, or try another saddle. ALso remember that your butt has to get used to riding just like you do. Unfortunately, some discomfort is inevitable in the first few rides.
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25 mile ride tonight! seat still feels alright.
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