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Old 08-30-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Great Scott, my butt hurts. Bike seat help!

TRIGUY! SCOTT! You, yeah... you!

I'm of above average size- ok, I'm "husky", "big boned", "chunky", "fat".. pick your adjective. A few years ago, I decided I was going to buy a bike, get svelte and start commuting by bike. So, I found a deal on a Scott Sub 20.

Let's just say- the seat that came with it was a little too "happy" for me and even a 10 minute ride left me sore for 3 days. I tried a time or two and it was just unbearable.

So, pretending it was a horse- I went out and bought a new "saddle". This one is vented in the middle and a little more cushy but still "streamlined" (because hey- this is a serious bike! It needs a serious saddle). I'm trying to find a link to it- but it was about $40 or $50. (It's not this one- but kind of like this.)

I still don't ride much, but Wednesday + Thursday here at the campground I rode a little bit (maybe 10-15 minutes Weds and 30 minutes in the morning and then short 5-10 minute rides the 2 or 3 times in the rest of the day). It's not bad, but I'm definitely a little tender when I sit on the bike and it got worse with each ride. And, I'm not sure how things are going to feel when I go for rides today...

SO- I'd like to try and replace the seat again. But, I don't have any idea what I'm supposed to look for. I even don't mind spending a little bit of money ($100-$125 likely is my limit).

Thoughts, comments, witty commentary?
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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Some seat are more comfortable than others. It also depends on how your seat is adjusted. Is should be kind of point down, and high enough. You don't actually sit on seat you lean back on it. The real issue is that your butt isn't broke in yet same as your mussels it takes awhile. Like in riding a horse your butt gets real tender at first. I'm not slim, 250lb but when in shape will do 20-30 mile in a afternoon. My seat is only 5" wide
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Some seat are more comfortable than others. It also depends on how your seat is adjusted. Is should be kind of point down, and high enough. You don't actually sit on seat you lean back on it. The real issue is that your butt isn't broke in yet same as your mussels it takes awhile. Like in riding a horse your butt gets real tender at first. I'm not slim, 250 but when in shape will do 20-30 mile in a afternoon
I've actually went through some issues with getting the seat adjusted- it was way too far down when I went for a ride couple of weeks ago at a campground. I felt like I was falling off. When we stopped, I adjusted it. But it sounds like I might have gone too far. I'll futz with that before I ride today.

You're sure right about not being broke in yet. I just don't ride often enough or with any consistency. Part of it is the pain. The other part is I'm frightfully out of shape. I'm about 265, but the 25 minute leisurely ride was about all I had in me yesterday morning. I was pretty happy to get back on later in the day and ride some more, though.

And- I'm doing all of this in regular gym shorts. I don't have any bike shorts, but generally for around the campground rides to see family + friends- I doubt I'd put them on anyway.

Keep the ideas coming, please!
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:26 AM   #4
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What Jim said! My Trek FX bike has a smaller seat than previous bikes but once I graduated from my "cruiser" style with a fat seat, my body was ready for a light weight fitness bike and it has a tiny seat. I learned quickly that you sorta lean on it but most of your weight is on the pedals non-stop. Keep riding and you'll love it!

Oh, and the first lesson I learned when getting back into biking again: Get the right sized bike for your body and the seat will be higher than you think it should be! You should have to "climb" up to it, not sit on it with your feet flat on the ground.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:33 AM   #5
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Get to REI or a decent retailer and try a couple of seats.
Being up there in years, I have a preference for a cut out.

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Old 08-30-2013, 09:33 AM   #6
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O yeah I forgot to mention I'm 70 Yr old. I agree with the cut out style seat. Mine isn't cut as much as the Nasbar But its that style.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:54 AM   #7
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O yeah I forgot to mention I'm 70 Yr old. I agree with the cut out style seat. Mine isn't cut as much as the Nasbar But its that style.
Way to make a guy feel bad- you're more than double my age and a hella lot better at this!

Here's my current seat/setup:
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
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Get to REI or a decent retailer and try a couple of seats.
Being up there in years, I have a preference for a cut out.

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Thanks. That is similar to my seat. I have the same split seat.

How do you "try a couple of seats"? Do I take my bike to the store and start swapping seats out and going for a ride? Or, just sit on it in the store? Or....
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:30 AM   #9
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Have you tried riding shorts? They are made with padding to minimize discomfort. You can find them at most sporting goods stores.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:36 AM   #10
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Sorry to hear you got butt hurt Doug!

You could always try a seat like this! I know I would be able to ride it for hours!


Now come on... you did expect me to reply like this right!? I try to keep it as real and to the point as I can!
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