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Old 10-27-12, 12:54 PM
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Seat

I just banged out 28 miles on my "new to me" road bike and my butt is so sore I can hardly walk. The stock seat has to go. The last seat I bought was a Nashbar men's model many years ago and it was actually pretty good, super value for the money actually. Thought I would get some input before I buy the replacement for this one. Longest ride I'll ever do is about 75 miles, looking for something that's good value. Any imput would be appreciated.

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Old 10-27-12, 12:56 PM
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Give your saddle a couple more long rides before tossing it. None of them are comfortable at first.
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Give your saddle a couple more long rides before tossing it. None of them are comfortable at first.
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Give yourself some time to adjust. If you still don't like it, then make a change.
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28 miles on any new saddle straight away will make your butt a bit sore because it's just different from your old one.

New saddles don't have a 'break-in' (unless it's a Brooks style) so if it remains uncomfortable after a couple rides, just get rid of it.

If it's a used saddle, the cushion can harden up and the leather dry out so it's no longer doing what it is supposed to. If that's the case, just get a new saddle asap.
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Old 10-27-12, 02:10 PM
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Is it the saddle that breaks in or a person's butt?
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Old 10-27-12, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
Is it the saddle that breaks in or a person's butt?
If it is a plastic saddle, a person's butt breaks in.

If it is a leather saddle, like a Brooks, both the saddle and the person's butt break in.


The fitter you are, the more comfortable you'll be on a saddle.
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Old 10-27-12, 02:22 PM
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Saddles are such an individual thing it is hard to generalize. That being said, after having used a wide variety of different saddles over the past 40 years, I've converted all my road bikes over to Serfas ergo saddles and have gone from being uncomfortable for any distance over 25 miles to being able to do 75 without issue. It has made a night-day difference in my riding. YMMV.

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Old 10-27-12, 03:55 PM
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ITS CALLED A SADDLE!!!


We call them "saddles," not "seats." There is a reason for this. A "seat" is something you sit on, and is designed to bear essentially your entire weight. Recumbent bicycles have "seats," but conventional upright bicycles have saddles. A saddle is intended to carry some, but not all of your weight. The rest of your weight is mainly carried by your legs, and some by your hands and arms.
-"Sheldon brown"

I have tried many saddle. different shapes, different gimmicks. Fizik arione was a great saddle for me but wasn't wide enough. went to the specialized romin evo pro with carbon rails (Have available with aluminum rails) and haven't looked back since. That DOES NOT mean it is the answer for you or anyone else. as you will find in EVERY saddle thread, "What works for me wont work for you."
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Old 10-27-12, 04:23 PM
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Leave it on. Your butt will get used to your ...SEAT
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Old 10-27-12, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
ITS CALLED A SADDLE!!!


We call them "saddles," not "seats." There is a reason for this. A "seat" is something you sit on, and is designed to bear essentially your entire weight. Recumbent bicycles have "seats," but conventional upright bicycles have saddles. A saddle is intended to carry some, but not all of your weight. The rest of your weight is mainly carried by your legs, and some by your hands and arms.
-"Sheldon brown"

I have tried many saddle. different shapes, different gimmicks. Fizik arione was a great saddle for me but wasn't wide enough. went to the specialized romin evo pro with carbon rails (Have available with aluminum rails) and haven't looked back since. That DOES NOT mean it is the answer for you or anyone else. as you will find in EVERY saddle thread, "What works for me wont work for you."
Do you attach your saddle to a saddlepost or a seatpost?
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Old 10-27-12, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Do you attach your saddle to a saddlepost or a seatpost?
ooooh....well played







BUT it IS a saddle
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Old 10-27-12, 05:08 PM
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I do agree give it a little more time. Make adjustments (angle & fore/aft) in small increments. I did switch to a Selle SMP in April and it is the only saddle I will ever ride with. One of my friends switched recently with similar results. If you get actual saddle sores use some triple antibiotic ointment on the crease between the glute and hamstring. Some people even use Prep. H and there are lots of remedies.

Do understand that saddle size and cushiness are counter intuitive to less pain. More contact area, especially soft rubbing, creates this wear/soreness. Your sitting bones, muscle tone, and adjustment are all factors. Keep riding, learn what you need to, and get the fit right. Then you will feel the same at 80 miles as you did at 20 miles.
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Originally Posted by markjenn View Post
Saddles are such an individual thing it is hard to generalize. That being said, after having used a wide variety of different saddles over the past 40 years, I've converted all my road bikes over to Serfas ergo saddles and have gone from being uncomfortable for any distance over 25 miles to being able to do 75 without issue. It has made a night-day difference in my riding. YMMV.

- Mark
I had a similar situation, only it got so I could only ride 200 km at a time with my previous best saddles before I was in pain. Switched to a Brooks B17 and I could handle 24-hour races and 1200K randonnees again. I've converted all my bicycles to Brooks now.
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As always lots of good input. I double checked "Saddle" height last night and looked just about perfect. I have a Nashbar saddle on another bike I'll probably swap for this one just to see if it makes a difference. We're running out of rideable weather here in the northeast so wont have much more time to play with it. The seat in question is nylon over gel original to this 15+ year old mid range bike so I almost pulled it off before even riding. Thanks for the tips on the Evo Pro, Selle SMP and Brooks B-17. They are at the top of my list.
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Do you attach your saddle to a saddlepost or a seatpost?
Touche
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Just don't get the whole attitude thing from the ' saddle people'. I dont care if you want to call it a saddle but why get all bent out of shape when someone calls it a seat? I have a feeling these saddle people are also are 'diversity' types. Go figure...
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
Just don't get the whole attitude thing from the ' saddle people'. I dont care if you want to call it a saddle but why get all bent out of shape when someone calls it a seat? I have a feeling these saddle people are also are 'diversity' types. Go figure...

Simmer down mr. wulf....jeebus, its called sarcasm
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I've had good luck with Charge saddles (or seats). The spoon is nice, and a bit cushy and heavy. The knife is great.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
Simmer down mr. wulf....jeebus, its called sarcasm
I'm sure it is...now.
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