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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 09-20-11, 08:21 PM   #1
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Bike Seat for a big guy

Anybody have a recommendation for a comfortable seat for a big guy? The OEM Felt seat that came on my Z85 is decent but I'm looking for something a little more comfy. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend $200 but $100 isn't out of the question.
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Old 09-20-11, 08:57 PM   #2
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I use this one and I"m happy with it: selle san marco rolls

Obviously there's no point in springing for the Ti railed version, but the steel railed version is pretty reasonably priced.

Go get your butt bones measured and get the right size.
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Go get your butt bones measured and get the right size.
+1 to this...

It may not lead to immediately to the perfect saddle, but should eliminate many mis-steps and at least get you something bearable even if its not perfect.
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No ones butt is shaped the same. So another +1 on the sit bone measurement. At least from there you can easily rule out what saddles WONT work for you.

Sadly saddle buying is a trial and error process until you find the right saddle shape for your riding posture. Be it flat, or kicked up, or a flat or rounded nose, with or without a center channel, etc. etc.

If you have an LBS that does a saddle rental program, i highly recommend that you put some money towards that, and try as many differnt saddle shapes as you can, until you can find what works best for you. Sadly there is no magic bullet saddle that works for everyone out there. Regardless of what the Brooks saddle owners would have you believe.
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"No ones butt is shaped the same. So another +1 on the sit bone measurement. At least from there you can easily rule out what saddles WONT work for you."


Brooks saddles are your friend. If you can't find a Brooks that will work for you then no one makes a saddle that will work for you. It's all about the leather in the saddle.
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Volrus, in case you're not in on the joke, a Brooks saddle is like a big slice of petrified beef jerky that you stick on top of your seat post. Then, believers say, you must anoint its hard, unyielding surface with costly unguents, and keep pressing your tender underside against it, despite the pain. Miraculously, over the course of many months, the magic oils -- combined with body heat and gallons of bumsweat -- will force the torturous thing to take on the shape of your aching butt. At that point, it will be as comfy as your favorite easy chair and you will love it forever. Or so they say.
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volrus, in case you're not in on the joke, a brooks saddle is like a big slice of petrified beef jerky that you stick on top of your seat post. Then, believers say, you must anoint its hard, unyielding surface with costly unguents, and keep pressing your tender underside against it, despite the pain. Miraculously, over the course of many months, the magic oils -- combined with body heat and gallons of bumsweat -- will force the torturous thing to take on the shape of your aching butt. At that point, it will be as comfy as your favorite easy chair and you will love it forever. Or so they say.
excellent take!
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"No ones butt is shaped the same. So another +1 on the sit bone measurement. At least from there you can easily rule out what saddles WONT work for you."


Brooks saddles are your friend. If you can't find a Brooks that will work for you then no one makes a saddle that will work for you. It's all about the leather in the saddle.
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Sadly there is no magic bullet saddle that works for everyone out there. Regardless of what the Brooks saddle owners would have you believe.
Case and Point.
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Volrus, in case you're not in on the joke, a Brooks saddle is like a big slice of petrified beef jerky that you stick on top of your seat post. Then, believers say, you must anoint its hard, unyielding surface with costly unguents, and keep pressing your tender underside against it, despite the pain. Miraculously, over the course of many months, the magic oils -- combined with body heat and gallons of bumsweat -- will force the torturous thing to take on the shape of your aching butt. At that point, it will be as comfy as your favorite easy chair and you will love it forever. Or so they say.
My personal take is that in that time, your ass develops such a well pronounced callous, that it actually mimics the surface of the saddle. At which point riding on a 2x4 would be comfortable.
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My personal take is that in that time, your ass develops such a well pronounced callous, that it actually mimics the surface of the saddle. At which point riding on a 2x4 would be comfortable.
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Volrus, in case you're not in on the joke, a Brooks saddle is like a big slice of petrified beef jerky that you stick on top of your seat post. Then, believers say, you must anoint its hard, unyielding surface with costly unguents, and keep pressing your tender underside against it, despite the pain. Miraculously, over the course of many months, the magic oils -- combined with body heat and gallons of bumsweat -- will force the torturous thing to take on the shape of your aching butt. At that point, it will be as comfy as your favorite easy chair and you will love it forever. Or so they say.
Hilarious! I keep reading on here about Brooks saddles but didn't quite get it, I think I'm starting to get it now. They aren't prettiest seats from what I've seen either, they look like something on an antique bike to me.

Just curious who in the HELL do I get to measure my a$$ bones? Is that something my wife does, a proctologist, or what? Then, assuming they can somehow manage to find the bones underneath all the padding I have, what do i do with the measurements? Are saddles measured by a$$ bone width or something?
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Hilarious! I keep reading on here about Brooks saddles but didn't quite get it, I think I'm starting to get it now. They aren't prettiest seats from what I've seen either, they look like something on an antique bike to me.

Just curious who in the HELL do I get to measure my a$$ bones? Is that something my wife does, a proctologist, or what? Then, assuming they can somehow manage to find the bones underneath all the padding I have, what do i do with the measurements? Are saddles measured by a$$ bone width or something?
A LBS that sell Specialized has an arse-0-meter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMbZ2Q8VqOo

If you are reasonably adept with your own two fingers and a metric rule you can get a pretty good idea once you identify your sitz bones. You might also want to read through Sheldon Brown's article regarding seats. http://sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

Or, some folks just go straight to the finish line and buy a Brooks
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A LBS that sell Specialized has an arse-0-meter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMbZ2Q8VqOo

If you are reasonably adept with your own two fingers and a metric rule you can get a pretty good idea once you identify your sitz bones. You might also want to read through Sheldon Brown's article regarding seats. http://sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html

Or, some folks just go straight to the finish line and buy a Brooks
IMHO, over hyped. I put over 400 miels on a Brooks to try to get it to work, and all it did was chafe. I currently ride a Specialized Romin, and couldnt be more pleased with the comfort, and performance.

Like i said, there is no majic bullet "one size fits all" saddle. And there never will be.
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i'm currently using a Serfas RX (6.75" wide), if you'd like a wider seat, they make wider models.

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If you use the specialized ass-o-meter and then buy a Giro seat, will Specialized sue you?

Here are some saddle take-aways

1) Doesn't matter what it looks like, your ass will cover it quite thoroughly.
2) Big plush, comfy looking saddles typically... aren't.
3) You do not need that $400, 185 gram saddle.
4) Get black (or dark brown) unless you like a grungy looking saddle after a year
5) Your saddle is the thing you touch the most on your bike, please do yourself a favor and get one that fits. Comfy in the shop doesn't equate to comfy after 20 miles.
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Anybody have a recommendation for a comfortable seat for a big guy? The OEM Felt seat that came on my Z85 is decent but I'm looking for something a little more comfy. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend $200 but $100 isn't out of the question.
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Anybody have a recommendation for a comfortable seat for a big guy? The OEM Felt seat that came on my Z85 is decent but I'm looking for something a little more comfy. Any suggestions? I don't want to spend $200 but $100 isn't out of the question.
I have a Serafas EX 2600 Exercisor reactive gel on my comfort bike...
here is the link http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=42
I tried several others before...this one fits the bill...cost is 51 bucks. I have ridden 3000 miles on it and have had a 100 mile day and tons of 50+ mile days.. My butt is always just fine after. I am 209 lbs. I ride a Giant Suede DX model
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Get black (or dark brown) unless you like a grungy looking saddle after a year
I've never been one to get too hung up on pristine looks for those things that will eventually show wear and use. Like light-colored handlebar tape and saddles. I like that look - it shows that you're actually using the damned thing. I had a bright yellow Selle Italia Turbo on my Gitane for over 20 years and liked the "grunginess" it acquired over the years. Like a fine patina.
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I put a B 67 on my new LHT. I have a B 17 on my cross bike. I'll never use another type of saddle again. Once they are broken in, they are so nice.

*break-in did take me about 1000 miles on each saddle. If you get one from wallbike.com and don't like it, they have a 6 month unconditional return policy.
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I measured my own sitbones. I took a damp (not wet!) towel and laid it on a wood chair. I covered the towel with a piece of paper. I sat down on the paper and rocked back and forth a bit. I got up and there were two nice indents where my sit bones were. I measured center to center of the indent. The outside edges were a bit blurred.

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IMHO, over hyped. I put over 400 miels on a Brooks to try to get it to work, and all it did was chafe. I currently ride a Specialized Romin, and couldnt be more pleased with the comfort, and performance.



Like i said, there is no majic bullet "one size fits all" saddle. And there never will be.
Blasphemer !

Yes, I agree there is no one saddle or saddle maker that is a universal panacea.
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Get a Brooks B17 Special.

They are wide. They are comfy. They look good. You will be HAPPY.
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Brooks B-17 I only have 20 miles on mine and feels better each time I ride. Also as mentioned before wallbike.com gives 6 months money back if you don't like it, they also have the best price I've seen, there local for me which is nice.

They look badass too!
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See now I went a different way. Tired of saddles always going up my bum, I opted for a different type of seat. One that caresses my ass instead of going up it.

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See now I went a different way. Tired of saddles always going up my bum, I opted for a different type of seat. One that caresses my ass instead of going up it.

What the hell kinda bike is that? ANd seat? Use your words, SK!
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