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Old 08-03-09, 08:27 AM
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Planet Bike's A.R.S. Anatomic Bike Saddle

Hey guys and gals......
http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-An...pr_product_top
Anyone ever try one of these saddles and like them? I'm looking to replace the saddle that came on the bike I just bought as it is quite painful. I think the seat is too thin and my sit bones aren't centered, which is causing me pain when I ride........granted....I just got the bike 2 days ago and have only ridding about 20 miles, but I know something doesn't feel right.......it just hurts too much.
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Old 08-03-09, 05:38 PM
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You know your body, but it seems like that's the kind of question that someone looking at you would do a better job of answering than a bunch of yahoos on the intertubes.
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I would agree with Kimmitt . . . when looking for a new saddle, I would spend some time in your local bike shop to see what they have, and to see if they have any saddles that have return options that come with them. Also, sometimes they have saddles that are in the "back room" which came off of other bikes, or returned saddles that could be workable. Serfas offers return option on their saddles, and they offer a number of options. Specialized also offers a return option. Granted, you WILL pay more for these saddles, but when we are discussing a bike part that you become very intimate with, it is worth the extra dollars.

It seems nice that you are aware of where you are fitting on your present saddle. This can help you a great deal. I could make a couple of recommendations, but everyone is quite different, and prefer different things in a saddle. Try different saddles, and you'll get an idea of what does or does not work for you.

Good luck!
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Old 08-03-09, 07:09 PM
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I find it hilarious that A.R.S is nearly A.R.S.E.
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Originally Posted by shelpdogg View Post
Hey guys and gals......
http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-An...pr_product_top
Anyone ever try one of these saddles and like them? .
They look very padded, which is not necessarily a good thing. If you're going to tool around town & maybe do 5-10 miles at a time they might be ok, but for any type of substantial mileage you'll want something firmer. The problem with excess padding is that it doesn't give good support, and on a long ride you'll sink in thus negating the benefit of the padding & leading to compression issues. If you're new, you do have to expect some discomfort. Over time your ass will get in shape along with the rest of your body. That being said, it doesn't mean the saddle you have will ever work. You need to get some advise from a good bike shop where they can factor in your bike, body type and type of riding.

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Old 08-03-09, 08:54 PM
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Looks like it'd rub the inside of your thighs since it has such a long taper to the nose. But that may only be a problem with me.
We all do saddles differently, I use a moderately padded saddle (with a cut out) and no chamios pad, which seems pretty rare on this forum. My wife does the same, go figure.
Extremely thick padding can cause serious health and discomfort issues. If you're feeling numbness, burning, tingling, or anything other then sit bone pain, the saddle isn't for you.
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Old 08-03-09, 09:03 PM
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I find it hilarious that A.R.S is nearly A.R.S.E.
No, no, no. That's the acronym for the "Extreme" model.
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Own it, love it. My wife was concerned that I make sure I get an "anatomical" saddle, so it satisfies her concern.

It does help with the soreness... but doesn't help completely. At my LBS, they suggested that I get a tiny little seat suggesting that - counter intuitively - it would be more comfortable.
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Actually, I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-50...ef=pd_sbs_sg_4

Similar, but a little more expensive, and a little cushier.
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Old 08-04-09, 09:58 AM
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Thanks to everyone that responded.....I really do value your opinions as they are directly related to experience.

It seems nice that you are aware of where you are fitting on your present saddle. This can help you a great deal. I could make a couple of recommendations, but everyone is quite different, and prefer different things in a saddle. Try different saddles, and you'll get an idea of what does or does not work for you.
Thanks Bob....Unfortunately, I am painfully aware of the saddle and where I sit on it. I wasn't half way through my first ride and I didn't want to sit back down. Now....I understand there will be some discomfort/soreness related to getting used to a new seat, but this seat and I are no longer friends. I did buy some Izumi attack shorts this weekend as well.....I think that may help.

They look very padded, which is not necessarily a good thing. If you're going to tool around town & maybe do 5-10 miles at a time they might be ok, but for any type of substantial mileage you'll want something firmer. The problem with excess padding is that it doesn't give good support, and on a long ride you'll sink in thus negating the benefit of the padding & leading to compression issues. If you're new, you do have to expect some discomfort. Over time your ass will get in shape along with the rest of your body.
I thought it looked like it had enough padding for a comfy sit, but not too much......I guess I'll know in a few days.....I bought it and will give it a go. I also saw a WTB seat at a LBS that may also work.

Own it, love it. My wife was concerned that I make sure I get an "anatomical" saddle, so it satisfies her concern. It does help with the soreness... but doesn't help completely
Actually, I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Bike-50...ef=pd_sbs_sg_4
Similar, but a little more expensive, and a little cushier.
Good to know others like/own this product.....my wife also expressed interest in this....saying..."better safe than sorry"......


Thanks again guys.

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Old 08-10-09, 05:47 AM
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UPDATE>>>>> I put it on the other day and rode an 18 mile round trip.....worked like a charm. It's got good padding....not as much as it looks like it would have though. I like it.
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