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firelady2011-01-17 18:12:56 +0000 #1
Yes I have a new bike. My old saddle worked great before kids and 30 lbs ago. I will be riding DC to Pittsburg in Sept and am on my 3rd saddle. I need a touring saddle for 75 mile days. Fat old lady could use your advise. Thanks.
Biciclista2011-01-17 18:24:46 +0000 #2
Pleasea check our favorite saddles thread:


unfortunately there is no one solution. A lot of us have Brooks saddles

and swear by them. A lot of others of us HATE them.

The same can be said of any other saddle out there.

One thing though, you will have to build your ability to ride on ANY saddle.

75 miles at a stretch is not easy at first.. work up to it.
Reesha2011-01-17 18:42:38 +0000 #3
I'm with Mimi... You have to get your butt calluses! The soft tissues of your rear adjust to the hardness of any bike seat. When I start a season my rear end feels like it got kicked real good. I usually pop 400 mg of ibuprofen and get right back on the bike the next day. I break in my butt.
ny biker2011-01-17 19:32:41 +0000 #4
Also do a search for threads on measuring your sit bones, so you know how wide your saddle should be.
KnottedYet2011-01-17 19:47:26 +0000 #5
Measure your sit bones!

(they are made of rami and tuberosities. For now, don't worry, just measure!)

Weight has absolutely NOTHING to do with width of bones or saddle size. It's all about the skeleton!

Measure your bones, tell us your feelings about the stock saddle and what saddle it is, and I guarantee you there will be at LEAST five women with saddle suggestions!
Trek-chick2011-01-17 19:05:17 +0000 #6
....only your butt knows the answer to that question.
firelady2011-01-17 20:17:36 +0000 #7
Thanks, was just wondering what was out there these days. I have ridden for over 30 yrs the past 24 on a womans avocet saddle. I have recently purchased a new bike and am looking for a new saddle to go with it. I am 6' tall so have wider bone structure then most women and all men in the hip region. I have ridden TOSRV (dbl century) twice but that was 20 yrs ago and before children. I have found the saddle that worked for long distance rides before children doesn't work for me now (girl parts have changed). I currently have a resprio soft men's saddle but it gave me such saddle sores that I will be off the bike for a week. I also need to raise the saddle up some as my quads were cramping at the 48 mile mark. I have been researching some Brooks saddles but don't know which is the best for long distances (sprung or unsprung) I do have the micro adjust on this bike so I don't think the flyer will work.
KnottedYet2011-01-17 21:48:05 +0000 #8
The saddle that will work best for long distances is the one that fits you best.

Don't be shy about posting your sit bone measurements. Heck, I've got the widest span of all, and I'm not shy.


As you can imagine, having sit bones wider than most saddles did cause me some difficulty.

Brooks B67 and B68 really and truly fit me. If your span is anything like mine, that's where I'd suggest you start. If you need a cut out, the B68 is available with cut out. Sprung or unsprung is a matter of personal preference. I like sprung best, but that's just me. I don't like short noses (short so skirts don't catch) so I stayed away from the B67-S and B68-S.

For rides of more than 50 miles, my favorite saddle by far is my Brooks B67. gives 6 months free trial on saddles.



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