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Wiener Problems - A good road back saddle!

Old 07-10-13, 02:05 PM
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Wiener Problems - A good road back saddle!

As the title explains, I've just purchased a new bike and with about 20 miles on the ODO I'm already having pressure issues.

I've done some saddle research and definitely feel like a cutout would help. Selle makes some really nice ones but they're a bit pricey. Serfas looks like they have a decent selection, and I didn't really see many options from Bontrager (I have a Trek). A friend of mine has a specialized and I checked out their saddles, and they actually have what looks like a pretty good collection.

I usually ride about 12-15 mi/day, with some lengthier rides on weekends.

Any advice or suggestions would help - help safe the nerves!
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3 things:
1) funniest thread title i've seen in a while
2) i thought it was going to be about a former congressman from new york
3) i've got a specialized avatar comp and am really happy with it. it has a cut out. no "pressure issues" to speak of. didnt break the bank either.
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OP, you may just go down in infamy.

Check out the ISM Adamo line.
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Run for Mayor of New York.
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adjust your saddle tilt angle before you rush out to spend money. the bontrager stock issue saddle can be finicky to setup for seat angle but once you get in the hammock of them properly it can make a world of difference.

with that said though i did the saddle dance before finally settling on a fizik arione which i am very happy with but my issues were sit bone related rather than tainted taint!
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Ha, specialized saddles are pretty good. Nothing worse then blood flow in spandex when you dismount...
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I'm going to go ahead and subscribe to this thread.

I have the Selle San Marco Regale...I really like the look and feel of the saddle, but I sit on my perineum and there's...umm, some numbness issues. I just ordered a fizik VS saddle - hoping that will solve things.
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Originally Posted by Gbrnole View Post
adjust your saddle tilt angle before you rush out to spend money. the bontrager stock issue saddle can be finicky to setup for seat angle but once you get in the hammock of them properly it can make a world of difference.
Yeah I'm definitley going to try that, probably tonight. I've had it level for a couple of days, so I'll go a few degrees nose-down. I have a seatpost with the infinitely adjustable angle setup and it's actually much easier than a 'standard' adjustment.

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Originally Posted by mshred View Post
3 things:
1) funniest thread title i've seen in a while
2) i thought it was going to be about a former congressman from new york
3) i've got a specialized avatar comp and am really happy with it. it has a cut out. no "pressure issues" to speak of. didnt break the bank either.
1) Thank you very much!
2) Don't you know we keep politics and personal beliefs out of these conversations
3) That's good to know. For some reason Specialized seems to have a pretty good selection. Is it sacrilege to use a saddle from one manufacurer on a bike from another?
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Old 07-10-13, 03:32 PM
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Thanks for the advice so far. I haven't come across ISM or Fizik but I'll def check those out. I found a few Selle's on ebay that look like pretty good deals too.
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Bontrager SSR. It has relief and only goes 20-25 bucks.
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Originally Posted by bbeasley View Post
OP, you may just go down in infamy.

Check out the ISM Adamo line.
Lol - I feel like in these forums you need a catchy title to get peoples' attention!
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Performance and Nashbar have some pretty comfortable saddles, for little money when on sale. Some of those house brands are really comfortable...... And easy to return if need be.
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At least you do not have serious problem like toe overlap.
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What symptoms are typical for cycling-related wiener problems?
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ive been thru dozens of different saddles....

my advice is figuring out (roughly) the width between your sitbones.
some people have thin hips, some have wide.

you'll notice on saddle specs the manufacturer typically lists the saddle's width...will probably look like 130, or 144, or 155...something like that.

thru sheer trial and error, i found the saddles most comfortable for me were the wider ones....like the 155 specialized toupe (i think it comes in different widths other than 155)
it also happens to have a cutout.

i was getting numb taint on rides longer than 40 miles, and thats basically because i was on a super skinny fizik arione (130 width)....instead of the sitbones sitting on the saddle and taking the weight of one's body, the sitbones were sitting on the edge or off the saddle, and the weight was being placed on the taint/junk area instead.

so long story short, maybe you have wide sitbones like me, and maybe look into a wider saddle (or wider saddle + cutout)

a Brooks b17 might be a good choice, since they are wide AND made of leather, which will eventually comform and mold to your butt.

also, the Fizik's come in roughly three shapes, the arione, antares, and aliante....in order of width and shape (arione slimmer/longer for moving around on the saddle, aliante wider...for staying in place...i guess) anywho FYI the Fizik's also come in VS versions....(like aliante VS)....the difference in the VS versions is that they have a "dip" or canal thru the middle (roughly acting as a cutout)

i have an aliante VS as well, and i find it very comfy.
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Specialized has good deals in their outlet section on saddles.
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Originally Posted by illdthedj View Post
ive been thru dozens of different saddles....

my advice is figuring out (roughly) the width between your sitbones.
some people have thin hips, some have wide.

you'll notice on saddle specs the manufacturer typically lists the saddle's width...will probably look like 130, or 144, or 155...something like that.

thru sheer trial and error, i found the saddles most comfortable for me were the wider ones....like the 155 specialized toupe (i think it comes in different widths other than 155)
it also happens to have a cutout.

i was getting numb taint on rides longer than 40 miles, and thats basically because i was on a super skinny fizik arione (130 width)....instead of the sitbones sitting on the saddle and taking the weight of one's body, the sitbones were sitting on the edge or off the saddle, and the weight was being placed on the taint/junk area instead.

so long story short, maybe you have wide sitbones like me, and maybe look into a wider saddle (or wider saddle + cutout)

a Brooks b17 might be a good choice, since they are wide AND made of leather, which will eventually comform and mold to your butt.

also, the Fizik's come in roughly three shapes, the arione, antares, and aliante....in order of width and shape (arione slimmer/longer for moving around on the saddle, aliante wider...for staying in place...i guess) anywho FYI the Fizik's also come in VS versions....(like aliante VS)....the difference in the VS versions is that they have a "dip" or canal thru the middle (roughly acting as a cutout)

i have an aliante VS as well, and i find it very comfy.
The aliante VS is what I just picked up from the for sale forum...I'm hoping it solves my problem. I'm not a fan of going to the doc for E.D. medicine at the age of 33.
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I have Performance Forte Classic saddles on all my bikes, $40 ea. Specialized Romin has been getting very good reviews.
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I roll on a Specialized Toupe that I picked as a brand new take off saddle...$45. After the STP last year I was numb for a day after riding an old Hoskar....that's never going to happen again as the Toupe cutout works and I've the saddle say 5 degrees nose up.
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What symptoms are typical for cycling-related wiener problems?
It bumps into the handlebar
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Measuring your sit bones is a good idea to make sure you get a saddle with the proper width, as mentioned above. I put a folded towel on a chair and then put foil on top of the towel. Sat down on the foil, got up and then measured the distance between the center of the sit bone indentations.

Its not as good as the specialized ass-o-meter, but good enough to know what saddle width to get.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
It bumps into the handlebar
Flip it.
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It bumps into the handlebar
As long as it's not getting caught in the chain
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