This is one of my favourite threads, thanks, OC.
(and I don't even ride a bike!)
oooh now this is a rather apt thread as I am doing a Smiffy ride in the morning. I can sense a massacre coming on.
Was just thinking about this thread yesterday. Greg James on Radio 1 has a feature with his 'best bits from the radio from yesterday'. Yesterday's was a clip from Radio Somerset where the announcer said something along these lines:
"And later tonight we have a new programme called Lady Gardens. It's got two lovely ladies talking about gardens. If your hedges are hopelss, your decking is dismal and you want advice trimming your bushes, this is the programme for you."
Couldln't believe it!
Hi, I use it on a road bike and cyclocross. But I use the tri version which has slightly more padding than the hard core road option. The guy's at the internet site I bought mine from were lovely. Very happy to talk about 'Soft Tissue Areas'..... they ask you about your riding, hours aims and type of bike then will recomend the right saddle.
When I bought mine they ket me try a saddle for a week before to see if I got on with it and then even when I bought then as he was not a 100% about fitting one to my cyclocross he said to try it and if no good they would swap it for a MTB version. I really am happy with then. Now my only problem is that my glutes and sit bones need to get used to taking the pressure rather than other areas.
I got my saddles from:http://www.trybikestore.co.uk/
Give them a call and they will talk you through the options and also have a look on the ISM web site for fitting:http://www.ismseat.com/videos.htm
I'm still playign with the possition, but it's still a masive improvement.
Some of the women in the track world cup on TV this afternoon were using those saddles, including the GB pursuit team. They're not known for using kit that doesn't do the job, so there must be something in it.
Don't ask me how I noticed, though .
You've clearly got 'an eye for detail', Dave.
Orca I had a bit of a mare around March/April time last year when my bike mileage started to mount (and I wasn't constantly stopping for cake etc). I tried the Sel Italia Gel one with a cutaway - will look up the name if you like (Diva I think) - but hated it. Then tried the Specialised Jet 143, recommended by Mouse.
What I thought was that perhaps some people got sore bits at the front and some people had probs 'in the middle' which is where having a cutaway came in useful. I think I'm one of the ones that has probs at the front and the Jet is great because, as ShuffleB says with her saddle, your sit bones seem to be the only bit in contact with saddle and nothing else is in contact. Problem solved. Took a bit of getting used to but it was so much better than before... It's got a cut away, too, so perhaps it would work if you were a middle area sufferer, too.
Oh, and I've got it set absolutely horizontal so it's not as if there's no pressure on the front because I've got it tipped down.
Thing is, we're all anatomically different so it's def not one size fits all. My LBS was very nice and let me try the Sel Italia knowing I might not buy it.
I saw one of the GB ladies bikes with one of those seats too Dave. Did you have one of those on your bike yesterday AH ? I didn't notice one, mind you I was looking at your lovely eyes when we spoke
Oh and may I offer my new 'Lady Garden' services girls???? All types of bush trimmed, gardens checked for saddle damage, no job too small. Very friendly service guaranteed
Such generosity Nicko, I am truely "Under" whelmed
Thanks for the advice AH & Shuffle. From what I can see the Specialised and the Adamo appear to be the most popular with those whose lady gardens were getting massacred. I will have to actually get on my TT bike ( I haven't ridden it since last August) to figure out exactly where the issue was. I'll make a decision based on that. Thanks again.
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I mentioned this on another thread looking for saddle recommendations but if anyone is looking for an Adamo, Trybikes are selling some pirately yellow and bright pink ones on eBay for 70 quid which I know isn't cheap but it's 50 quit cheaper than the RRP. As you know from the post above I've been thinking of one for my TT bike which is a grey Felt so the bright colour brightens it up and makes it easier to spot in transition. At least that's the theory, I'll let you know how it works as I just bought last night.
I actually went for the pink
I know it's not very pirately but I wasn't wild on the yellow one at all!
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