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  1. #1
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    Talking Lets talk about saddles

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    Hey Everyone!
    I am relatively new to riding, this is my second real season. This year I bought a Cannondale Synapse which I love, but I don't so much love the saddle. What saddle do like? I ride about 100 miles a week and am doing a 50 miles charity ride in June, and am also going to try to do a 100 mile race in August. I would like something that offers good support for longer rides without the soreness and bruise type feeling. Any input is helpful.

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    I have a Terry Butterfly on both my road & MTB.
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    I am going to send you to this thread: http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?t=39475

    It's rather long, and there are lots of links in there, so grab a drink and a snack.


    That said, I've had good luck with the Specialized saddles. Selle Italia makes some nice saddles too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owlie View Post
    I am going to send you to this thread: http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?t=39475

    It's rather long, and there are lots of links in there, so grab a drink and a snack.


    That said, I've had good luck with the Specialized saddles. Selle Italia makes some nice saddles too.

    Thanks for the link! I will take a look. My lbs let me try a Selle Italia Diva (I think) and it is ok, but not my favorite I am defiantly sore from yesterdays ride. I did just adjust it before I hit the roads today, i tilted the nose down a little, so maybe that will help?? I have a Specialized hybrid bike, and I really like the seat on that, but I am wondering if it would feel different on my road bike? Ah!! I just don't know!?! I will start by reading your link for sure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyF View Post
    Thanks for the link! I will take a look. My lbs let me try a Selle Italia Diva (I think) and it is ok, but not my favorite I am defiantly sore from yesterdays ride. I did just adjust it before I hit the roads today, i tilted the nose down a little, so maybe that will help?? I have a Specialized hybrid bike, and I really like the seat on that, but I am wondering if it would feel different on my road bike? Ah!! I just don't know!?! I will start by reading your link for sure!
    Try putting it on your Road bike. If you really really like it, then I don't see why not. I've heard people buy the cheapest saddle ($15 saddle), and they LOVE it. Others shell out hundreds and they love it too.

    After trying on so many different saddles (Including Selle Italia Diva - it turns out that it was just a little too hard for me after very long rides), I found my dream saddle - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow. It's just so comfortable for me, and even with a little shifting here and there for long rides, I'm not SORE at the end of 95-100 miles. My muscles are a little more sore than my butt. Proves that I got the perfect sadde for ME. :-)

    Even tiny adjustments (tilting nose downwards or upward, or more fore/aft) makes all the difference.
    2009 Jamis Ventura - Roulette 2.0 w/ Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow

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    Quote Originally Posted by AshleyF View Post
    Thanks for the link! I will take a look. My lbs let me try a Selle Italia Diva (I think) and it is ok, but not my favorite I am defiantly sore from yesterdays ride. I did just adjust it before I hit the roads today, i tilted the nose down a little, so maybe that will help?? I have a Specialized hybrid bike, and I really like the seat on that, but I am wondering if it would feel different on my road bike? Ah!! I just don't know!?! I will start by reading your link for sure!
    Are you wearing bike specific padded shorts/pants? If not, I highly recommend you buy a pair (no underwear to be worn)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris7047th View Post
    Are you wearing bike specific padded shorts/pants? If not, I highly recommend you buy a pair (no underwear to be worn)
    I did, I have a couple of pairs, I have now tried 3 specialized a Selle Italia and ProLogo, What do you think about Terry and Brooks? I went back to my LBS and they measured and fit me to a seat and I think I am finally in the right size but still havn't found the one. Most of them make the lady situation and my behind go numb, I even got a saddle sore from one!! I am starting to get frustrated that I will never find "the one"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyborgQueen View Post
    Try putting it on your Road bike. If you really really like it, then I don't see why not. I've heard people buy the cheapest saddle ($15 saddle), and they LOVE it. Others shell out hundreds and they love it too.

    After trying on so many different saddles (Including Selle Italia Diva - it turns out that it was just a little too hard for me after very long rides), I found my dream saddle - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow. It's just so comfortable for me, and even with a little shifting here and there for long rides, I'm not SORE at the end of 95-100 miles. My muscles are a little more sore than my butt. Proves that I got the perfect sadde for ME. :-)

    Even tiny adjustments (tilting nose downwards or upward, or more fore/aft) makes all the difference.
    I think I might try that one, I know everyone is different, but I am sick of it hurting and being numb. I did just get a bike fit and the guy who did it said that everything was fitting perfectly, I just needed to find "the one". My Hubby just got a Brooks and said about the same thing you did, that he can't feel any preasure points and he dosn't get sore. I was also thinking of trying a Terry.

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    Like CyborgQueen, I love the Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow. I also got very lucky with the one that came on the Trek Pilot I bought on ebay. I never thought I'd like a Bontrager saddle (they used to be instruments of torture!) but I am loving this one (see my signature as I can't ever remember the name).

    Good luck; it's a very individual thing.
    Emily

    2011 Jamis Dakar XC "Toto" - Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow
    2007 Trek Pilot 5.0 WSD "Gloria" - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow
    2004 Bike Friday Petite Pocket Crusoe - Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow

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    Ditto on the Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow, but saddles are an individual thing. Also for what it's worth my white one is turning yellow. The guy at the lbs showed me some brand new white ones that had yellowing. From now on it's black only for me.
    2012 Jamis Quest Brooks B17 Blue
    2012 Jamis Dakar XC Comp SI Ldy Gel
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    Quote Originally Posted by thekarens View Post
    Ditto on the Selle Italia Ldy Gel Flow, but saddles are an individual thing. Also for what it's worth my white one is turning yellow. The guy at the lbs showed me some brand new white ones that had yellowing. From now on it's black only for me.
    That is Good to know! I will steer clear of white! I have also heard that the Terry Butterfly is very similar to the Ldy gel flow? Have you seen/noticed that?

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    So do you feel one is better than the other? Do they feel the same? If I like one will I like the other? Also has anyone tried Selle SMP Women's TRK saddle? it is has the drop nose? Is that good? What about Brooks? I was looking at the Colt, but it is so hard to commit as I have to order all of these online to try out. Also, I have noticed that while I do sit on my sit bones I do also sit slightly on my pelvic bone. Do I need to change how I sit or find a saddle that feels great while sitting that way. I think that may be why I am numb?

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    With the caveat that you really should read all the info Muirenn is linking to -- your problems sound similar to mine, and I think we might sit the same way. I have been happiest with the Bontrager Affinity RXL. This has the least padding, compared to the Affinity RL and Affinity R. I tried both of those and had problems with numbness and pressure up front. I personally go with the medium width, which is 144 mm I think. Any LBS that sells Trek bikes will also sell Bontrager products, and will have a saddle measurement tool that you sit on to determine the correct width for you. Or you can do the measuring yourself and order from Bontrager online. Either way, they offer a 30-day comfort guarantee.

    http://www.bontrager.com/model/09729

    Note that you may need a different saddle clamp to work with the rails on the RXL. The folks at the LBS where I bought my saddle helped me with that. It was not expensive, and since it was from Bontrager it also had a 30-day guarantee.

    - Gray 2010 carbon WSD road bike, Rivet Independence saddle
    - Red hardtail 26" aluminum mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle
    - Royal blue 2018 aluminum gravel bike, Rivet Pearl saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
    - Silver 2003 aluminum road bike
    - Two awesome worn out Juliana saddles

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    I ride a Specialized Ruby saddle and I love it. I do have to nose it down more than the other saddles since there is a slight rise in front of the channel. Saddles are a personal thing and don't be afraid to try a "mens" saddle either. A good LBS should let you test ride the saddles until you find "the one" that is good for you. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muirenn View Post
    Edit: pay particular attention to Knot and Wahine.
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