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Sore sit bones. Specialized buttometer?

Old 05-13-07, 05:31 PM
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Sore sit bones. Specialized buttometer?

My sit bones have been hurting lately even when not on the bike. I am using a Bontrager Race lite lux saddle. I was planning on going to one of the local LBS this week and looking for a new saddle. I thought I would try a specialized saddle. When I go to a store with the Buttometer. Do I need to wear cycling shorts? Or anything in particular?

Also will a saddle cause sore sit bones? Or am I wasting my time and money? I fell firmly planted on the current saddle no forward or backwards motion. Just my butt is sore when I sit in a chair.

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Old 05-13-07, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by blake711
When I go to a store with the Buttometer. Do I need to wear cycling shorts? Or anything in particular?

Also will a saddle cause sore sit bones? Or am I wasting my time and money? I fell firmly planted on the current saddle no forward or backwards motion. Just my butt is sore when I sit in a chair.
You'll want to wear something as lightly padded as possible. Don't go in jeans... it just won't work as you'll get impressions from the pockets. Something like mesh b-ball shorts or umbros would work well.

Yes your sit bones will feel it, but you'll get used to it. Better the sit bones than the boys up front.

I've got the Toupe now... but I did just fine with my Avatar in the same size (143)
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Old 05-13-07, 08:05 PM
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I just got the Specialized Alias (new model) and I love it. I've had other saddles that caused a lot of pain. Checkout the following link before looking for another saddle. But you may find it may take you several saddles before you find the rightone for you.

https://active.com/story.cfm?story_id...tegory=cycling
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Old 05-13-07, 09:00 PM
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I had an Alias and it did nothing but make my sitbones hurt. I tried out a Fizik Arione and all's been good since.
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Old 05-13-07, 09:08 PM
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I found the ass-o-meter was 1 size too small. It said I needed a 135mm when in reality, I was most comfortable in a 145.
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Old 05-13-07, 10:49 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I found the ass-o-meter was 1 size too small. It said I needed a 135mm when in reality, I was most comfortable in a 145.
I think I have the opposite problem. I was measured as a 155, and today just switched to a 143, thinking I'll be a bit more comfy.
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Old 05-14-07, 05:00 AM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
I found the ass-o-meter was 1 size too small. It said I needed a 135mm when in reality, I was most comfortable in a 145.
Did they have you lean forward in your natural riding position or were you sitting straight up? My fitter had me lean forward and monitored me so that I retained that position. I think it worked for me since my saddle feels much better since he repositioned it according to the ass-o-meter dimensions. Maybe it could feel even better but it feels so good now that I don't want to risk moving it.
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Ride more. It'll go away.
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Originally Posted by sweetnsourbkr
Ride more. It'll go away.
+1
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Old 05-14-07, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by blake711
I am using a Bontrager Race lite lux saddle.
There is your problem. I own 3 of these saddles and they all hang shamefully in my garage. I have a lot of saddles old and new around the garage and these things are not saddles. They are torture devices. Search these forums and you will see other threads that detail this.

The easiest thing to do is to buy a Brooks B17 saddle and never worry about your backside again. Search the forums for this too, if you don't believe me. I also agree that you need a lot of saddle time for a saddle to become comfortable, but most of those modern Bontrager saddles will never be comfortable because there are too many spongey parts jabbing too many sensitive parts of the anatomy.l
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Originally Posted by sweetnsourbkr
Ride more. It'll go away.
+2 - Then again most of the stock Bonty saddles are just total crap. A decent Specialized saddle will be a great improvement for you.

Specialized saddles are designed to place your weight on your sitbones. That will result in sore sitbones - rather sore tissue underneath the sitbones, but that goes away within a few rides.

The fact that you are having that pain means that you haven't spent enough time in the saddle lately, but look at it this way - if you didn't have pain there then it would mean that you were placing all of the pressure on your soft tissues in that region - not a desireable result.

Get a good saddle that fits you correctly. Specialized is a very good starting point.
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So a few hundred miles already this season isn't enough riding? How far do you have to ride to find out your saddle may not actually fit?
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As mentioned - your Bonty saddle is crap. You could ride on it for 2,000 miles and you probably would still be uncomfortable. I mentioned the sore sitbones because if you were to upgrade to a Specialized your sore sitbones issue would not go away immediately.

Once you switch you should give it some time.

...and no - a few hundred miles wouldn't even be enough time to break in a Brooks.
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Old 05-14-07, 10:38 AM
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Once they take the measurement on the buttometer, make sure they flip it over and use the chart on the back to get the right size. One of the LBS' here didn't use the chart on the back and tried to give my wife a saddle that would have been too narrow...... I've got about 4000 miles on an old Alias and love it. I'll probably replace it with a Toupe when it stops being comfortable.

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When I sat on the meter, they had me place my feet up on a bench about 6-8" up from the floor. I measured between the 14 and 155. I went with the 155 a few months ago and it feels pretty good.
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