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Old 08-18-14, 07:20 AM
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Ladies (or those with experience fitting them) please chime in re: saddles

Hello fit experts of BF,

I'd like to start off by saying that I wholly understand how personal a choice a saddle is, and that I don't expect anyone to tell me the perfect saddle to buy. I am, however, looking for a starting point for my search.

The story is, I picked up a road bike for my lady a while back (her first). Got everything in tip top shape, and when she got back from a trip yesterday I surprised her with the bike. She loved it and was really excited (which I am quite relieved about). I put her on a trainer to get everything dialed in. We got the overall reach adjusted to where she's comfortable in that respect, but she absolutely hated the saddle that came on the bike (overly padded, relatively narrow Planet Bike saddle). We managed to do away with the perineal region discomfort by getting the saddle a little flatter than it had been originally, but no dice on the sit bone discomfort. From the way she explained it, it felt like the saddle was too narrow for her.

Measuring the distance between her sit bones (had her sit on a piece of extruded polystyrene insulation), the figure we came up with was 130-135mm. Lo and behold, the saddle that's on the bike measures 130mm, likely explaining the discomfort.

I guess there should be a question in here somewhere I wonder if anyone who has some relevant experience can offer some suggestions or personal opinions of saddles that I could begin looking at, as I'm a little overwhelmed by the choices. It may be important to note that the missus is 4'11 and 100 lbs, and has been riding in a very upright position on a very padded/sprung saddle until this point. That is to say, some padding may be appreciated until I sell her on the idea of shorts.
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I made my daugher happy w/ a Terry saddle. Terry is a woman-specific company, their website lists the width of the saddles.

If she doesn't like the idea of wearing cycling shorts, maybe get her the padded undershorts that are worn under regular clothes.
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+1 on the Terry recommendation. That said, women indeed may have wider pelvises than men, but a 4'11" 100lb woman should not IMO have a 130mm sit bone measurement. But I don't know that for certain. Did you measure 3x and average the results? You should. I would also just apply the tape measure directly to the affected area as it were. I would think you have earned that privilege? Failing that I would just go get professionally measured using a commercial version of the polystyrene.

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Padded liners and shorts make suck a difference. Also ask if your LBS has a saddle demo program of what their return policy is.
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Good suggestions everyone! Confirmed the sit bone measurment, right around 130mm. We ended up going to the LBS and she picked out a saddle which matched this width. They have a great return policy, and pretty much told us not to beat the crap out of it and bring it back after a month or two if she doesn't like it. Either way, she was way more comfortable on it on the trainer.

On a related note, after we encountered a rough, cracked part of the MUP on our inaugural ride, she decided she wants to try cycling shorts. This is going way too well
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Watch out, next she'll be shaving her legs . . .
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Good suggestions everyone! Confirmed the sit bone measurment, right around 130mm. We ended up going to the LBS and she picked out a saddle which matched this width. They have a great return policy, and pretty much told us not to beat the crap out of it and bring it back after a month or two if she doesn't like it. Either way, she was way more comfortable on it on the trainer.

On a related note, after we encountered a rough, cracked part of the MUP on our inaugural ride, she decided she wants to try cycling shorts. This is going way too well
Good deal.
If she doesn't care for the look of snug cycling shorts, looks at skorts from Terry or Team Estrogen
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