Saddles - Try before you buy

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thomaswilliamrogers
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Saddles - Try before you buy

Postby thomaswilliamrogers » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:28 am

I am intrigued to know whether a new saddle for my road bike would be an improvement on my current generic one. I am in the process of upgrading my cycle shorts as I have been relying on so cheap Aldi ones until now and they are crippling after 25 miles.

However I wondered whether a saddle change would also boost comfort. I have been looking at the Selle Italia range, but as with other users I don't want to spend on a saddle to find out it is rubbish.

I have heard that some shops offer a try before you buy service and wondered if anyone could suggest any possible services available that offer the chance to borrow a saddle to test it out.

Thanks

Tom

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Re: Saddles - Try before you buy

Postby RRSODL » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:00 am

]My guess is the main problem is the saddle as you shouldn't have that kind of problems for only 25 miles, even on cheap Aldi shorts.

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Re: Saddles - Try before you buy

Postby Gizmodo » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:54 pm

Aldi shorts are OK but you are better off trying tights/shorts with a better quality pad. I'm assuming that you have the saddle height and forward/backward adjustment correct.
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The search for "the" saddle is one that can take years, I am still looking for a saddle that is comfortable over 50 miles. Everyone is individual and will find different saddles comfortable for them.
http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40020&t=12889894

Get down your local bike shop and talk to them. Some have systems for measuring your sit bones. Fizik do bright yellow test saddles that you can borrow from a participating shop. Specialized do a 30 day swap guarantee.

Another alternative is a guy on this forum that has started a business "renting" out saddles so you can try any model you wish. See http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40013&t=12883890

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Re: Saddles - Try before you buy

Postby thomaswilliamrogers » Thu Dec 27, 2012 15:54 pm

Many thanks for the advice. I am still going to upgrade my shorts anyway as the ones I have are pretty useless. However I am going to pop to my local bike shop for some advice. I notice that when riding the discomfort I get is right from underneath me as though Im sat directly on the perineum and I am thinking that an SMP saddle with the cutout may relieve some of this pressure. Hope fully my local shop can assist.

Tom


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