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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-25-11, 04:34 AM   #1
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womens saddles: terry damselfly or falcon x?

right now i have the WTB that came stock on my steamroller, which i think is an SST model, 144mm x 274mm, but not sure.. those are the specs that i found online. ive been looking at the damselfly and the falcon x but don't really know which way to go, as the damselfly is narrower at 129mm and the falcon x is wider at 152mm. i thought womens saddles are typically wider?

i just went on a century riding fixed with the WTB and my sit bones started aching (which i guess is normal for centuries i hear) and i had a lot of pressure in the you-know-where area at about 30 miles. between the two, i think the frontal pressure was more of the issue, cuz i just got off my seat every once in a while to relieve the butt. i guess i'd like both problems to go away if possible, or at least not have to get up off my seat as often.. i was having to do it every 5 min or so after about 50 miles. ive read that the butt pressure isnt really something that can be helped on longer rides tho. i also normally have some chafing issues but i used body glide for the ride and i didnt have a problem.

basically im just looking for an everyday saddle for commuting that will also be comfortable for another century cuz i plan on doing more. im drawn to the cutaway if it really does help with the you-know-where pressure as they say it does. and im not a racer so i dont need anything in that style, but i do like to bend down when the cranking the flats. i just dont need to be the fastest person on the road. i THINK i tend to like a firmer saddle, but im really not sure, cuz this is the only saddle ive ever ridden on my fixed. i did ride my friends bike for a few weeks which had a saddle that was pretty firm and i never got any soreness anywhere. it was a guys saddle too, i think a san marco but cant quite remember. but also i never rode that bike more than 3 miles one way on my work commute. im not set on either of these saddles, so any other suggestions would be awesome too. oh this also was my first century by the way.. maybe this is something i just gotta get used to? thanks for any help!
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many of the local women group riders i know use and swear by the terry 'butterfly'.
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