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Old 02-20-21, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by 50PlusCycling View Post
The best investment (and to many people, the most expensive) is time in the saddle. More than half of the comfort issue is your backside, not the saddle or shorts. If you spend enough time in the saddle, you get accustomed and remain accustomed to it. I like to play the guitar, and acoustic guitars are not easy on the fingers. You can use lighter strings and such, but the only way to play without pain or discomfort is to play as much as possible. If I take a couple/few weeks off from playing the guitar, it becomes painful again to play for more than half an hour or so.
My genitals disagree with this statement.
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Old 02-20-21, 08:27 PM
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I’m new to mountain biking and at first I purchased a cheap-o seat for about $30. After realizing it is not a good fit for riding I purchased a female friendly design from Selle for about $80. It’s worth it.

The other saddle I have is a used $12 saddle also inspired by female ergonomics. The original price would have been similar to the first seat.

I hate it when my hip bones hurt. A good seat is worth it.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Have you considered one of the Infinity Bike Seat options? eg.

Great minds think alike. But just sold one to another forum member. Didn’t work out with my sit bones. Too much pressure after 20 mins. But you have the right idea
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Old 02-20-21, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
drop nose with cutout might work
Bought one of those too. Have one on my mtn bike. Super comfy but didn’t help my issue

Originally Posted by Bmach View Post
I ride 5 bikes different saddles on each one. No problem with any of them.

I think part of the problem with saddle discomfort is people go on a few rides and don’t give their butts time to adjust. Then they start changing saddles, their butt adjusts and they think they found the magic saddle.
I used to ride 3000-5000 miles a year for several years, so have pretty good familiarity with long term relationships with saddles. I rode each of the current ones about 300-500 miles before tossing, unless you are speaking in generalities, then neva mind.
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Old 02-21-21, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
Great minds think alike. But just sold one to another forum member. Didn’t work out with my sit bones. Too much pressure after 20 mins. But you have the right idea
Good luck in your search. FWIW, another saddle I had looked at is the Tioga Spyder Twintail2. Has a somewhat different design you could try.
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Old 02-21-21, 09:31 AM
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Have you tried leather saddles, particularly the ones with cutouts?

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Old 02-22-21, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Good luck in your search. FWIW, another saddle I had looked at is the Tioga Spyder Twintail2. Has a somewhat different design you could try.
Than you. I will look into it. Much appreciated

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Have you tried leather saddles, particularly the ones with cutouts?

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My Selles are leather with cutouts, and so is a specialized I have. Are you thinking of something else?
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Old 02-22-21, 12:22 PM
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$30 carbon saddle and Castelli bibs, no issues, rode 12,500 miles last year on that cheap saddle. I think I just got lucky and found a good fit with the first saddle I bought.
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Old 02-22-21, 01:05 PM
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I currently have two road bikes and two off road, two Brooks B17N, one Brooks Professional and a Wrights. All bought used. B17s are two wide for me. The N’s are 15 centimeters wide, makes a bid difference! I have a B17 I need to sell.
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Our costs are through the roof. Because of out inability to solve butt and neck issues we have went to mostly all recumbent riding. My wife is taking delivery of a custom Ti recumbent today. Many dollars invested. Gone are all butt and neck issues, along with numb hands.
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Old 02-22-21, 01:38 PM
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With "wedgie" bikes, I spent years (and $$) trying various seat designs in order to mitigate the mashing of my prostate gland & penile artery. I finally admitted that balancing the entire weight of one's body on one's crotch was an anatomically unsafe thing to do. So, I switched to recumbents where you actually sit on your buttocks as God intended.
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Old 02-22-21, 03:27 PM
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I switched to recumbent. Solved the problem. Like riding a BarcaLounger.
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Old 02-22-21, 04:02 PM
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I switched to recumbent. Solved the problem. Like riding a BarcaLounger.
cycle rides naps be hitting differently when your the one driving.
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My road bike, a Moots titanium (yes I realize that's redundant since Moots only builds Ti, but maybe some don't), has a Brooks B17 Special Titanium. It has been comfortable for 10s of 1000s of kms over a 9 year stretch. I don't remember what I paid, but looking at the Brooks website today, I must have been feeling pretty flush when I spec'd my bike, because it's $290USD, and I would have likely paid well over $300 in CAD. My tri bike, a Kestrel carbon, has an ISM PN 3.1. I paid about $300 for it also. It's not particularly comfortable when I'm not in the aero position, but by far the most comfortable I've used when in the aero position. Even with it though, by the end of an iron distance bike split, I've had enough. I mention the bike frame because I think the frame matters to butt comfort too. As does the chamois. I prefer Pearl Izumi, Assos, and Endura. Most of those shorts were $200+ also. As I proofread this response, I now don't believe my butt is worth what I've spent on it.
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Originally Posted by glennwegner View Post
My road bike, a Moots titanium (yes I realize that's redundant since Moots only builds Ti, but maybe some don't), has a Brooks B17 Special Titanium. It has been comfortable for 10s of 1000s of kms over a 9 year stretch. I don't remember what I paid, but looking at the Brooks website today, I must have been feeling pretty flush when I spec'd my bike, because it's $290USD, and I would have likely paid well over $300 in CAD. My tri bike, a Kestrel carbon, has an ISM PN 3.1. I paid about $300 for it also. It's not particularly comfortable when I'm not in the aero position, but by far the most comfortable I've used when in the aero position. Even with it though, by the end of an iron distance bike split, I've had enough. I mention the bike frame because I think the frame matters to butt comfort too. As does the chamois. I prefer Pearl Izumi, Assos, and Endura. Most of those shorts were $200+ also. As I proofread this response, I now don't believe my butt is worth what I've spent on it.
I love how it's marketed with titanium rails for weight reduction. lol
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That Infinity Bike Seat is intense. Kind of looks cute like a heart too.
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That Infinity Bike Seat is intense. Kind of looks cute like a heart too.
a seat that'll love your butt, through the roughest rides... ?
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I have a Fabric Scoop Elite Shallow saddle on my road and gravel bikes. Only about $45 each. Just seem to fit my sit bones just right. But biggest investment is bike fits. A fit for my tri bike and gravel bike were about $300 but worth every penny. For my road bike maybe $200 as I had that years prior.
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Originally Posted by 50PlusCycling View Post
T... If you spend enough time in the saddle, you get accustomed and remain accustomed to it.
Negative on that. In my upright-riding days I'd ride 150+ miles every weekend and shorter 25-mile evening rides during the week. The sore butt got slightly more tolerable but never went away. I finally replace the saddle with a seat, which cured the problem permanently.
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I used to spend all kinds of time and money looking for the right saddle.

Now it's a Planet Bike A.R.S. for $35 on everything except the old Crack N' Fail Criterium - makes me go faster so I can get off the thing quicker!

The 2.8 Cannondale BTW is a great race day ride and has never cracked or failed. When the 68 year old is kicking 25 year old butt come race day some credit has to go to the equipment!
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I got my current saddle at least 10 or 11 years ago. Cost me maybe $70, and it's still (I'm kind of surprised that it's lasted so long) fine. Sometimes I think it's awful, but usually it seems just right.
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I've got saddles on at least 15 regular riders.
Some are better than others.
Butt when I ride, I'm off the saddle enough to avoid discomfort. Sometimes only a millimeter or two.

Do you guys ride with full weight on the saddle for hours? For those with problems maybe re-think your riding style?


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i put my load mostly on the rear rack.
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I've got saddles on at least 15 regular riders.
Some are better than others.
Butt when I ride, I'm off the saddle enough to avoid discomfort. Sometimes only a millimeter or two.

Do you guys ride with full weight on the saddle for hours? For those with problems maybe re-think your riding style?
Worth considering. I switched back to SS last year and it was really transformative in terms of comfort on long rides. Lots more time out of the saddle standing or at least pushing enough to lift a bit off the saddle.

Accompanying that was a switch to touring bars so I can have a standing position that can be used almost indefinitely when necessary.

Still if you wrap the forward section, you can move forward over a range of at least 9” and shift from semi-upright to more of an endurance posture and on to the center section with an even lower angle, and the other option I may add this spring is bar ends in the center section for an aero position. Kind of pointless ATM due to the need to negotiate mud with the weight back and a wide grip.

Taken together, it’s eliminated any vestiges of issues from either saddle or hands or wrists. 👍

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I currently have a Decathlon saddle on my bike which is mediocre at best (it starts to get particularly uncomfortable after about 100km of riding) so yesterday after reading about the Brooks Cambium series I decided to splurge and bought a C15 online. It should get here in a day or two and then I'll be able to find out if it's as comfortable as the reviews say it is.
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