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A Delicate Decision on Comfort vs Aesthetics

Old 01-29-18, 02:16 AM
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A Delicate Decision on Comfort vs Aesthetics

When you think about it, a lot of our decisions when riding come down to comfort vs astetics.

Well I have a major one. I've found the perfect saddle for me. After years of numbness down there I found a Selle SMP Pro. I can now ride centuries and nothing hurts after 10 minutes of decompressing my sit bones.

But my bike is red. The red seat matches perfectly. See attached. P.S. that is not my bike, but I'm at work and don't have bike access to take a photo.

You guessed it, when I sit on it I look ridiculous like I'm a thirteen year old horny boy!

Any similar feeling saddles that don't look so bad? I even tried red shorts but then it looks even worse.
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Old 01-29-18, 02:23 AM
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Is it color or shape you want to change?
Color should be fairly easy, I’ve seen commercial operations reskinning saddles.
Shape might be worse.
Adamo have some full-split saddles w/o the dropped nose.
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Old 01-29-18, 02:58 AM
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Why don't you just buy the same saddle in black?
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Old 01-29-18, 05:47 AM
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Their whole line features a downward curved front, but most aren't so sharply bent as the original design you have. Did you try them? The Glider is probably the most similar, just looks less bent. If the Pro model is only shape that does the trick, well, maybe people shouldn't be staring at it anyhow. But I don't think it matters what color it is - black won't make it look any straighter.
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Old 01-29-18, 06:01 AM
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Man, I'm embarrassed for you just looking at that thing.

"See you later honey, I'm off to ride with the boys!"
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Old 01-29-18, 06:47 AM
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They gotta offer that in black, no?
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Old 01-29-18, 07:33 AM
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They gotta offer that in black, no?
If only they could offer it in invisible.

Or you could ride it only in the dark.
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Old 01-29-18, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by raria View Post
when I sit on it I look ridiculous like I'm a thirteen year old horny boy!

Unless you are 13 years old, I would totally rock the "Check Out My *****!" look. You won't get too many opportunities as an adult.
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Old 01-29-18, 08:14 AM
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For a saddle I’m all about comfort (just post in hot or not with a different one)!

Check out Infinity Saddles. Was recommended by a fellow forum member to me. I was fortunate enough to live only a few hours from the creator so I went to him to have it fit and chat. Miracle saddle for me and many others. Does not look strange on the bike either. Some folks in our local cycling club have tried mine out and really liked it as well. Hoping to get him out here for a demo day. No more pain in any way...
Infinity Bike Seat ? The bicycle seat that eliminates pain and discomfort
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Old 01-29-18, 08:23 AM
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It seems as if I tend to wear out the saddle noses, so I thought a little different design might improve the saddle wear characteristics.

So, I guess I don't really care if it looks different from the other seats. In fact, I suppose I think it makes it look more distinctive.
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Old 01-29-18, 08:40 AM
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Here's the news----most people aren't looking at you. And the few of them who do, don't see what you see.

If you cannot choose between pain and image ... i cannot help here.
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Buy a normal saddle to put on for photos .
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White, worn out, nearly transparent shorts are the answer.
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My friend wins 24 hr mtn bike races on that saddle-

don't think anyone makes fun of him.

I use other model SMP saddles & think they look no more goofy than others-

the useless part sticking out the back of fizik saddles for instance.

You can't really see the saddle when someone is on it, but maybe you should go all in-

red shoes, socks, bar tape, everything.
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Ride naked ... the saddle won't get much attention.
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Use a black sharpie on the "red rocket" area. Ascetics over comfort, always!
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SO you're saying that people can look past a grown man wearing skin tight lycra riding a child's toy and the SADDLE is what looks ludicrous?

PS Who can see it anyway when you're sitting on it?

Where's the "who cares" box... I vote who cares.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
They gotta offer that in black, no?
Of course. But a red saddle fits my bike's look perfectly. Red just looks right. Black does not.
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Originally Posted by Capo72 View Post
Use a black sharpie on the "red rocket" area. Ascetics over comfort, always!
That's not a bad idea.

Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
PS Who can see it anyway when you're sitting on it?
From the side no one can see it. From the front, it looks like ... well it looks like a weener.
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What's the problem?

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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Here's the news----most people aren't looking at you. And the few of them who do, don't see what you see.

If you cannot choose between pain and image ... i cannot help here.
ditto

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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Here's the news----most people aren't looking at you. And the few of them who do, don't see what you see.

If you cannot choose between pain and image ... i cannot help here.
+1

(If it helps, I have the "knows his ass from a hole in the ground" endorsement on my license.
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Originally Posted by raria View Post
From the side no one can see it. From the front, it looks like ... well it looks like a weener.
Are you sure? Maybe it's not that noticeable.

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What's the whole point of that front section anyway... if you can't sit on it, why don't they just cut the saddle short? Or is there some support that comes from that front 2-3" section?
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What's the whole point of that front section anyway... if you can't sit on it, why don't they just cut the saddle short? Or is there some support that comes from that front 2-3" section?

Bike control. It aids in "holding" the bike, and maintaining your position on the saddle, I'd say. Although there are saddles available without a nose, so it's certainly possible to ride without it.
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