gregg.baker Posts: 19
Hi, struggling with saddles. Tried a few out and not had any joy. At 16 stone i'm carrying a bit more timber than i'd like but that's part of the reason i cycle. Think the additional padding means certain parts down there get pinched and therefore my bits go numb after 15-20 minutes either on the turbo or on the road. Obviously on the road when stopping and starting i can get some relief but that's harder doing specific workouts on zwift. I've tried a couple of different Specialized saddles with cut outs and a Selle SMP Well. Still get the same issues. I've tried nose tilted up slightly and also down but no change. Just wondered what others have found works in terms of saddles especially those carrying an extra few pounds? Thanks for the help.
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Saddles are very personal things and preference will vary from one person to another. Saddle width is one of the most important bits to get right as a starter. Your sit bones should be supporting your weight so if your saddle width isn't matched up to this then you're inevitably going to have comfort issues. Measuring your sit bone width is worth a quick google if you haven't done so already.
Many saddle companies will have similar videos / guides, but these may help.
I also spent a fair amount of time messing about with the bike set up (moving one thing at a time) and I found that using a 2cm shorter stem helped as it helped me get further back into the saddle and off the nose. There is a video on Francis Cade's youtube channel going through a bike fit with a body builder (also applies to larger cyclists) and is quite interesting and may give you some ideas.
Out of interest, do bib shorts malke a big difference in terms of thickness of padding?
For me absolutely. I tend to save my more expensive bib shorts with the better pad for longer rides.
There are some things you shouldn't skimp on & shorts are one of them IMHO. That's not to say all inexpensive bib shorts are no good, everyone is different but IME you get what you pay for.
As for saddles it's very much a case of trial & error unfortunately. Certainly get your sit bones measured either professionally or do it at home, that will give you a good starting point.
As @gingerscott says cutouts help a lot of riders, me included, but won't suit all. eBay or on here can be your friend to try out a saddle & then sell it on if you don't get on with it.
Main things to consider are width, whether you need a cutout or not & the profile of the saddle (flat or curved at the end). I would concentrate on getting the width right 1st & take it from there.
The basic cost for bib shorts includes fabric, pad and assembly - so if you look at Castelli for example, both the Free Aero Race 4 Bibshort and the Endurance 3 bibshort both use the same pad - their top of the range Progetto X2 Air Seamless pad, but the Endurance shorts are less than 70% of the price of the free Aero race shorts.
As someone whose go to pad for longer rides is the Progetto I'd be interested to know where you are picking up the Endurance shorts for 70% of the price of the Aero Race.
IME the Aero Race are around £160 & the Endurance 3 £130. I have more than 1 pair of both of the older versions which are extremely comfy for a long day.
The Free protect that MRP at £190
The Free race that MRP at £150
The Endurance that MRP at £130
So after re-checking, I copied the wrong name/figure combination - the Endurance are 70% the price of the Free protect. But the principal stands - don't just assume that expensive shorts are more comfy.
In the current market you can get castelli endurance shorts for around £100.