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Saddle for a Clydesdale?

Old 08-11-10, 10:32 AM
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Saddle for a Clydesdale?

Yeah, Im a Clydesdale. True confession time: 6'1", 235 lbs., 40" waist, 52" around the shoulders.

Recently, I got a great price on a no-name 105/carbon fork/AL frame road bike. I plan to ride the wheels off it.
But I find that my massive bulk is centered on the bottom points of my pelvic bones, which is not terribly comfortable. Until such time as I leave the ranks of Clydesdale riders, Im keen to find a saddle that is more 'bottom friendly'.

Any suggestions.

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Old 08-11-10, 10:40 AM
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I'm a little larger than you are, and I haven't used anything but a Brooks B-17 for at least 10 years. Can't offer much in the way of comparison, because it's been so long since I tried anything else, but I know that works for me. I have them on three bikes.
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I've been happy with the Selle San Marco SKN Pro. Have the same saddle on both road bikes and a new one sitting on the shelf as a spare. I'm in the 215-220 range, ~37" waist. Strangely, there are a lot of factors that contribute to bike comfort (yes, even saddle comfort) besides the saddle itself. Sometimes just the angle of your current saddle makes a difference, etc.
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Just to be clear, your weight should be on your sit bones. If your sit bones aren't used to it, it will take a week or two before they adjust.
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Originally Posted by deep_sky View Post
Just to be clear, your weight should be on your sit bones. If your sit bones aren't used to it, it will take a week or two before they adjust.
+1...and (as I re-read the original question) losing weight won't narrow your sitbones.
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Originally Posted by Caymem View Post
Cannot say enough about the Selle Pro. I'm 5-11, 214lbs. I got it to relieve that particular area and also to rid myself of hemmi's. It is quite comfortable. Besides the Pro however, I'd get a clear measure of what you need and maybe go with a Selle Glider etc...
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6'3", 190-200ish, Toupe and variants here
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I am 6"2 215 and I use a Fizik Antares. Love the saddle! My reccomendation is to first find out what size you are first. It does make a big diffrence. I was on a Fizik Airone last year and I thought it fit, but once I found out that I was supposed to be a 143, I got an Antares and did not look back. Was a huge diffrence for me.
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Fizik Antares works for me. My old Specialized Alias was also comfortable. Both 143mm (or thereabout)
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
+1...and (as I re-read the original question) losing weight won't narrow your sitbones.
In my case, it seems to have made my saddle fit change. When I weighed 185, 130mm saddles were painful. I went to a 155mm width and for awhile all was ok. Then I started losing weight (now at 160), and the saddle started hurting and I could not stay on the sitbones at all. Took out the 143mm variant of the saddle on a ride yesterday, still can't stay on my sitbones, kept sliding forward. Took it back to shop I am working with, and took a few turns around the block on a 130mm, and much better. Going to test it on some real rides in the upcoming week, but my point is that your fit can change if you lose weight (as you get fitter from not dragging around all the extra weight )
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Originally Posted by dtrain View Post
I've been happy with the Selle San Marco SKN Pro. Have the same saddle on both road bikes and a new one sitting on the shelf as a spare. I'm in the 215-220 range, ~37" waist. Strangely, there are a lot of factors that contribute to bike comfort (yes, even saddle comfort) besides the saddle itself. Sometimes just the angle of your current saddle makes a difference, etc.
Thank you. Yeah Ive been playing with the angle and Ive hit on the right combination for that. Thanks again
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Originally Posted by deep_sky View Post
Just to be clear, your weight should be on your sit bones. If your sit bones aren't used to it, it will take a week or two before they adjust.
I was wondering about that, too. I used to ride roadies years ago, but I dont recall how the sit factor worked out. Ill keep at it, for sure.
I have some other saddles hanging around that Ill try, too.
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Originally Posted by Munk69 View Post
I am 6"2 215 and I use a Fizik Antares. Love the saddle! My reccomendation is to first find out what size you are first. It does make a big diffrence. I was on a Fizik Airone last year and I thought it fit, but once I found out that I was supposed to be a 143, I got an Antares and did not look back. Was a huge diffrence for me.
Okay thank you. That makes sense.
So how do I find out my size... do I measure my @ss this way, or maybe that way? Is there a trick to it that doesnt risk getting me locked up for indecent exposure?
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Originally Posted by dahut View Post
So how do I find out my size?
go to a LBS and get measured.you sit on a foam pad that leaves dents when you get up. and they measure the distance between the dents.

i just went through this. the general consensus is that everyones ass is different and it's trial and error finding the one for you.

i'm currently trying out a Specialized Alias (143)
i'm 6' 215. it's way better than what i had, a Selle something that was way too skinny.
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My friend is the just a lil heavier than you and he's riding a Selle San Marco Mantra n his Lemond and he has the carbon version on his Pinarello
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Specialized Body Geometry Plush Limo saddle.

Unfortunately, they don't make it any more, though some stores still carry it. I actually bought 3, which should last me for at least 10 years. But, I've never found a better saddle for eliminating numbness down there as well as all day comfort.
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As a fellow Clyde -- you need to get your sit bones measured. Just because you look big, doesn't tell us how wide your sit bones are, and that is the key to saddle fit. If you are lucky, you will be in that 140ish range and can find many options to try. But for me, at 154 -- there weren't many options. I have a Selle Italia Max Flite and a Brooks B-17. Those both work
pretty well.

You can do a decent job at home measuring by sitting on a bag of brown sugar or something. But a good LBS should have a method and they may be willing to let you demo a saddle or two as well.

Of course, as others have mentioned, you will need to build up your posterior fitness.
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I am barely a clyde at 205 but currently have a Specialized Toupe 143. I went to this from a Fizik Arione Wing which was highly disagreeable with the nether region. What I found is that while the sit bone width is the primary factor of whether a saddle fits or not, the shape is what determines if its comfortable for you. For instance the Arione when viewed from the back has the center higher than the sides, and when coupled with the pressure of my own body weight created unbelievable numbness for me in that region. Think of straddling a hatchet. The Toupe on the other hand is the inverse, with a valley down the middle and the side elevated. Chances are you just need to see what shapes and sizes work best for you along with a little hardening up.

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i'm a heavier Clyde than you and am loving the stock Specialized BG Avatar on my Roubaix.
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Originally Posted by Stickney View Post
As a fellow Clyde -- you need to get your sit bones measured. Just because you look big, doesn't tell us how wide your sit bones are, and that is the key to saddle fit. If you are lucky, you will be in that 140ish range and can find many options to try. But for me, at 154 -- there weren't many options. I have a Selle Italia Max Flite and a Brooks B-17. Those both work
pretty well.

You can do a decent job at home measuring by sitting on a bag of brown sugar or something. But a good LBS should have a method and they may be willing to let you demo a saddle or two as well.

Of course, as others have mentioned, you will need to build up your posterior fitness.
I measured my sit width last night, and got 140mm between the butt bones. While I respect your suggestion to visit my LSB, that makes me blind - I cant see myself going in there to buy anything.
They have shown time and again some of the worst customer service I've ever seen. I rather consider myself on my own when it comes to them. So be it.

That said, at least I know my butt's bigness now. Its actually not that huge, compared to some... its all the extra Clydesdale proportioning that makes it seem so. Ill work on that.

But for the time being, I did try an old POS saddle today that is closer to my proper width and, what do you know - it felt better!
Now, Im on the lookout for a 140-145mm saddle. At least Im on the right track.

Thanks a heap for your input.
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