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Trying out saddles

Old 04-06-06, 07:04 AM
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Trying out saddles

I see that alot of you guys try out many different saddles before settling on the best one. My question is.....how much money do you have tied up in saddles that you wont ever use again? Is there any place that will let you buy/try saddles and return them if you dont like it? I'd hate to spend hundreds of $ only to have them collect dust.
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That's a good question Miller2. I'm going through this process myself. One thing I've found out is the width is important for your fit. I bought a Fizik Arione based on recommendations from this forum and others here in Indiana. The saddle is only 132mm wide and my sit bones fall on the outer edges of the seat. This has caused the middle to push up and I experience pain after only 10 miles of riding. After doing research on different saddle widthís I found that I would be more comfortable on a 140mm. Now that Iíve figured that out I plan to go to different bike shops to try saddles in the width that I need. Itís trial and error but at least Iíve eliminated a large section of saddles that will not work for me. This forum also has a site for swapping saddles. If you find your saddle will not work you can post it there and trade for something more appropriate.
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I sell the old ones on ebay, you can actually recoup most of your money that way.
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Originally Posted by Mariner Fan
That's a good question Miller2. I'm going through this process myself. One thing I've found out is the width is important for your fit. I bought a Fizik Arione based on recommendations from this forum and others here in Indiana. The saddle is only 132mm wide and my sit bones fall on the outer edges of the seat. This has caused the middle to push up and I experience pain after only 10 miles of riding. After doing research on different saddle widthís I found that I would be more comfortable on a 140mm. Now that Iíve figured that out I plan to go to different bike shops to try saddles in the width that I need. Itís trial and error but at least Iíve eliminated a large section of saddles that will not work for me. This forum also has a site for swapping saddles. If you find your saddle will not work you can post it there and trade for something more appropriate.
Try the Specialized saddles. They come in a 143mm width. Similar to you the Arione was a little skinny for me.

Good shops will let you try a saddle and bring it back if it just doesn't work. You may pay a couple of extra bucks for the saddle but to me it is worth it.
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But how does one go about measuring their sit bone width?
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Originally Posted by brianallan
But how does one go about measuring their sit bone width?
Easiest way is to go to a Specialized dealer and sit on their state of the art measurement tool: a piece of memory foam. They'll measure your sit bone distance from the impressions they make on the foam.
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The specialized shop here will let you return it if it's not dinged up, I guess "like new". Another shop here has rental saddles you can take out for 10 bucks. The money you spend renting can then be applied to the saddle you eventually buy. That I think is the best solution and I'm not sure why all shops don't do it.
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Originally Posted by Chef23
Try the Specialized saddles. They come in a 143mm width. Similar to you the Arione was a little skinny for me.

Good shops will let you try a saddle and bring it back if it just doesn't work. You may pay a couple of extra bucks for the saddle but to me it is worth it.
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Any worthwhile LBS or online bicycle shop will let you try the saddle for at least a month, and will allow you to return the saddle at any time during the month for exchange or for a full refund.

And Wallingford Bicycles will let you test their Brooks saddles for 6 months. Of course ... at the end of 6 months, most people have decided the Brooks is the most comfortable saddle they've ever experienced so very few return them.
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