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Old 08-03-11, 09:17 AM
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saddle help

I am looking for a couple recommendations.

I am running the stock Bontrager R1 saddle. It feels fine for shorter 10 - 15 mile rides. Anything longer and I find myself moving around a lot to find relief.

I am most interested in longer rides and am also a bit of a weight weenie. Bottom line is, I want it all! lol.
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Old 08-03-11, 09:27 AM
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I would buy this one if I could get away with it:

http://www.sellesmp.it/smp4bike/en/full-carbon

because it is a much lighter version of the one that I have(and love):

http://www.sellesmp.it/smp4bike/en/forma

I've done a few 200+ mile days on it.
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Old 08-03-11, 09:35 AM
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If a saddle doesn't fit, it doesn't matter how light it is or how many people recommend it. It will never be comfortable. Get the proper size, pick saddle appropriate for your riding and ride more. The pain does go away.
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Ha. The full carbon seat is "recommended for thin people with narrow pelvises". I have neither of those.

@jdon - I wouldn't explain it as pain. It is really just an uncomfort. I also slide a bit on it, which I am sure is due to the vinyl wrap. Hard to explain, but I know that I would not look forward to a sixty mile ride on it.
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I have a Specialized Romin 155 Gel. The "gel" is very minimal. It took me about 4 to 6 weeks to "acclimate" to a non padded saddle. I used to have an ARS Planet Bike saddle which is heavily padded. I rode as much as possible on the Romin and during the first 3 weeks and even considered taking it back but that was only due to my backside not being used to a performance saddle. I stuck it out, H'dTFU and I just finished RAGBRAI on the Romin including the optional century ride. No soreness at all. In fact, I think I was in better shape regarding the state of my backside than anyone else on my team all of whom had saddles with a lot more padding than the Romin.

Love this saddle.
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