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First Day on Mercier Kilo

Old 03-20-10, 10:12 PM
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First Day on Mercier Kilo

Soo just got a Mercier kilo tt stripper. Rode about 12 miles. when i was done my A$$ was killing me. Ive seen posts about how bad the stock seats are but i didnt think they were that bad. Now im feeling a little discouraged because now im in pain and feel like all seats will be the same. You think things will get better with a different seat??
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HTFU

If you haven't done much riding, you will need to toughen up. it takes about a month to get your ass fully used to sitting on a saddle.

Good saddles put the pressure solely on your sit bones, when i bought my Specialized Toupe, I had to have my it bone with measured, and it took me a while to get used to the new saddle, but after a while I got used to the new saddle and I could ride 140km plus with no problems.
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mmm...sounds pretty reasonable...oh yeah HTFU????
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should i ride through the pain? or give it a couple days
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htfu
qft
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Originally Posted by LosetheBeast View Post
should i ride through the pain? or give it a couple days
Ride through the pain but don't overdo it.
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Old 03-20-10, 10:30 PM
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the_don..nvm gotcha....mrvile...suck it
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HTFU is like STFU but with "harden". As much bashing as I do on bikesdirect bikes' saddles, I can vouch for the phenomon the_don is talking about. If you're not used to riding, the ass is gonna be a little bruised. I say take a couple days off, don't ride in pain. It only took me 2 weeks total to get past it. Since then I've been on 40mi rides and the WTB saddle on my Surly has been smooth sailing. It's possible the saddle might still suck even after your ass gets broken in though..
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Old 03-20-10, 10:34 PM
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Any way you slice it, that stock seat does suck.
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sweet, good advice...thanks
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Old 03-20-10, 10:36 PM
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scrodzilla thats what i heard..i guess ill find out when i start ridin again
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Take a chill pill bro.
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I personally find that saddles with the pressure relief slit down the middle for your junk, actually makes it very uncomfortable for me. Might be something to consider in the future.

Also, might want to stay away from buttsecks, that may contribute to the ass pain.
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buttsecks??
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Yea, sound it out
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hahahaha..yeah im sure that wont help
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I like saddles with the cutout in the center, it eliminates perennial pressure and stops the boys going numb...

only matters if you are doing long rides though.

Bontrager saddles are well designed for comfort, if you go to an authorised reseller, they will measure your sit bones and sell you a saddle that fits (specialized will do this too). But I know that Bontrager have a special comfort offer, if you find the saddle uncomfortable, you can return it within 30 days of buying it.

https://bontrager.com/support/guarantee_saddles

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Originally Posted by LosetheBeast View Post
should i ride through the pain? or give it a couple days
It takes about two weeks of intermittent riding for your butt to become accustomed to bike riding. This applies to ALL cyclists of all levels. It even happens to regular cyclists who take time off. A teammate of mine took 2-3 weeks off after a crash. When she returned to riding again, her butt was sore all over again. That's just part of cycling.

If after 2-3 weeks, your butt still hurts, then I would suggest participating in a bike shop's demo saddle program. Every shop is different, but basically they let your borrow different saddles for a week at a time to see how you like it. Some charge a fee (say $25) and apply that fee to the purchase of a saddle. Some are free with a credit card on file.
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...also

Most saddles are designed to be angled perfectly level. Meaning, put something like a book on the saddle, then use a level to verify. Adjust the angle with the seat clamp bolts.

Some saddles are different and require the saddle rails, not the saddle top, to be level.
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I have a Charge Spoon, and it's been comfortable since the day I put it on my bike. Plus it's fairly inexpensive.
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after years of riding on poor streets, my taint is harder than steel
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i know i gotta try diff saddles but to help narrow done the search, what would u recommend for a boney ass like mine?? and something that wont break the bank
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i know i gotta try diff saddles but to help narrow done the search, what would u recommend for a boney ass like mine?? and something that wont break the bank
I recommend that you take recommendations as something you should try, not something you should buy. Finding the right saddle is a process that all cyclist go through. Some are picky and have to ride the same model on all bikes, some don't care and will ride anything. Horses for courses.

No matter how awesome we say a saddle is and how much you might agree. It's not up to us or you. It's your butt's decision Let's hope it doesn't like expensive saddles.

I like the Fizik Arione. I've been riding them for 5 years now. Very happy. At $120-140 it is expensive, but I consider it an investment. I ride 5-6 days a week year round.
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the_don..nvm gotcha....mrvile...suck it
lol?
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everyone goes through the buttache when first riding... i suggest getting some bike shorts for that nice padding... and once you get use to it.. you can begin riding without them... i'm more comfy without bike shorts now, because the tights cut off my circulation at times.. and i get numb.. =(
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