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Old 05-31-08, 04:27 PM
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What should I do about a seat?

I'm converting my Trek 4900 into a commuter, and one of the parts at the top of my list to replace is my saddle. Without going into too much detail, the reason I stopped riding about a year ago was because I developed a case epididymitis. It wasn't my first time, and it certainly won't be my last. In fact, I'm one of those chronic sufferers. Not fun to say the least. Anyway, I can keep it under control for the most part as long as I wear enough support "down there". I'm trying to find a seat that puts as little pressure as possible on that region, and still retains all the other qualities of a good saddle. I'm prefer not to get one of those noseless seats, unless someone can convince me that's a good idea. I've heard nothing but bad things about them though. I also heard a Brooks probably wouldn't work too well for me since there isn't a cutout or anything.

Anyway, I'd greatly appreciate any and all responses to this. Please try and stay on topic though, I don't want this to turn into a joke thread or a thread about my condition. Thanks...
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Old 05-31-08, 05:19 PM
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If the "noseless" seats you are referring to are the Adamo Race saddles, well, I thought training for an IM length triathlon in the aerobar position was torture until I got one.

YMMV, but I would not write it off.
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Old 05-31-08, 07:47 PM
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On epididymitis: cut out refined sugar and HFCS, especially soft drinks. All that sugar feeds very bad things. Took me a while to get the hint. Don't just switch to diet either, that does different bad things. If you have a desk job and can afford it, a good chair like the Humanscale Freedom is nice to have.

I'm looking into buying a more comfortable saddle too. The various Brooks threads have been interesting, along with Sheldon Brown's Bike Saddles page.
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Old 05-31-08, 08:04 PM
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Originally Posted by goalieMN View Post
If the "noseless" seats you are referring to are the Adamo Race saddles, well, I thought training for an IM length triathlon in the aerobar position was torture until I got one.

YMMV, but I would not write it off.

I'd assume noseless meant something like this




I think the Adamo is worth looking into as well.
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Old 06-01-08, 05:26 AM
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I started taking a look at some of the Adamo seats, and they may be exactly what I need. It looks like they have more versions than I originally thought though. Take a look at this page and scroll about 3/4 of the way down. The ones I'm looking at are the Adamo Typhoon, the Touring Seat, and the Sport Seat. The Typhoon looks like all the other Adamo seats I've seen, while the other two look quite a bit different. Anyone have any suggestions as to which of those three would work the best? Right now I'm leaning towards the Typhoon simply because it looks a little more conventional and I'm always wary of seats that look too "gimmicky". Anyway, thanks so much for all the help guys.
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Originally Posted by findingemo View Post
I also heard a Brooks probably wouldn't work too well for me since there isn't a cutout or anything.
If a Brooks saddle fits your body correctly, your pelvis is supported, and all soft tissue "floats" above the saddle. If your LBS has a bike with a stock Brooks (several of this year's Raleighs have them), a test ride may be useful. Given that it's a medical issue, I wouldn't convert your primary bike to a Brooks without a test ride first.
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I broken-in brooks saddle would support your weight evenly over your soft tissue, thereby putting a lot less stress on direct parts of your body. I had issues with discomfort "down there" but when I switched to a Brooks saddle, I get no numbness or soreness after my 28 mile commutes. I would advise trying out a Brooks saddle and seeing if it works for you.
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Old 06-01-08, 10:50 AM
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I got an E3 Form Gel saddle to clear up this sort of problem, and it did the trick. It's primarily designed for road positions though. I'm not sure what sort of effect it would have on a flat bar bike.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I got an E3 Form Gel saddle to clear up this sort of problem, and it did the trick. It's primarily designed for road positions though. I'm not sure what sort of effect it would have on a flat bar bike.
I have the E3 as well. It is most comfortable when riding in the drops. It isn't as good in an upright position. I have my bars set slightly higher than the saddle. If my hands are on the flats for a long time, the saddle starts to become uncomfortable. I can ride for miles and miles in the drops with the E3 saddle and still feel great.

As others have stated, it is most important to get a saddle that supports your sit bones. Less padding (counter intuitively) actually is most comfortable for me as long as my sit bones are supported. You just need to make sure you stay off the nose of the saddle.
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I consulted with someone at Blackwell, and they said they would highly recommend their Touring Seat for a person in my situation. They said it was made for almost exactly what I'm describing. I think I may give it a shot, see how it works. The downside is there aren't any dealers in my area so I'm going to have to order one, but the person I spoke with seemed very confident that it would suit my needs well.
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Hope that it works for you. Saddles are one of those things that are very individual. There is someone who love and someone who hates every saddle made. You just have to try things until you find something that works.
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