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Old 08-22-2012, 10:09 PM   #1
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My doctor no longer wants me to ride a bicycle with a regular seat. I am asking for advice as to what would be the best seat to purchase and not bother certain aspects of my anatomy. Thank you in advance for your responses.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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Not sure what the problem is , but a professional bike fitting and top quality shorts can make huge difference . Good luck
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:17 PM   #3
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Now, this is a subject I am NOT a Newbie idiot. LOL

I'm not sure what level of cycling you speak of so I will toss this link out

Welcome | Ideal Saddle Modification

These are high end saddles and not cheap but...for me...THEY WORK!!! I can spend 3-4 hours in the saddle and not get numb as long as I occasionally get out of the saddle like folks should anyway.

They take some getting use to compared to traditional saddles. You will find several models and good info on how to pick one. Some bike shops actually will have demos in stock for you to try. Generally you pay for it, keep it for a couple weeks and return it if you don't like it. In the process you go from one with funky colors to the colors of your choice.

I have tried many saddles over the years and none have done so much to make me comfortable as these. I have one for my race bike and one for my mountain bike.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #4
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I love the new bike seat I got with a channel cut through the middle to avoid the nerve in that area. I purchased one made by Bontrager at my local bike shop, but here's a link to a similar one on Amazon...

http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Cloud-...cmu_pg__header

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:32 PM   #5
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They sell aftermarket bike seats at Bike Shops that are wider and have a gel insert under the covering that makes it more comfortable, and once your ready for the Tour De France you can change back.
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Most folks just don't understand "racing saddles". Seat height, angle, for/aft position all play a huge part in getting the most comfort possible.

cycle shorts help a lot but some padded saddles just make things worse because the padding is in the wrong place. Terry Saddles (women specific designs) were some of the first saddles to have the cut out.

Part of the trick is to get the sits bones where they belong to relieve the pressure off of the soft tissues. A saddle without a raised place to put those bones on can have all the padding it wants but will still present a problem for many.

The Adamo saddles from ISM take a slightly different approach compared to the Terry type saddles. The open ended design is more stout on the "forks". While getting the sits bones in place is still paramount, the forked part of the seat is better designed to avoid the soft tissues.

Now, there are always the big saddles for putzing around and there is nothing wrong with them provided they are properly padded. Also, there are seat post with shocks built in that can help smooth out the bumps.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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Brooks Saddles makes handsdown the most comfortable bicycle saddles I have ever used, not neccesarily cheap, but very comfortable.

BROOKS ENGLAND LTD. | Leather Saddles, Cycle Bags, Etc.
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The large comfort seats at Camping World are the best I have ever found. They feel great to my old tired rump!
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My doctor no longer wants me to ride a bicycle with a regular seat. I am asking for advice as to what would be the best seat to purchase and not bother certain aspects of my anatomy. Thank you in advance for your responses.
My questions are...
What sort of seat are you calling a regular seat? One like on 10 speed or mountain bikes? One like on the old schwinn bikes?

What uses do you have in mind... is this your transportation when camping? how far do you go? Is this just for getting a bit of exercise around the campsite or at home...like 5 miles or less?

Or do you have a motorized bike you go for several hours on?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:41 PM   #10
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Don't ever buy a bicycle seat you can't test first. Most reputable bike shops have test saddles or a decent return policy on bike saddles. Contrary to popular opinion soft seats are not always the best. Brooks saddles are great, Selle Anatomica is another good one. As stated before, a good saddle is not cheap. But ya get what you pay for!

or, if you really need to change things up, a recumbent bicycle has a very comfortable seat. My husband recently switched to a recumbent and his rear end is very happy.
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I bought one of these "hornless" bike seats:
The worlds most comfortable bike seat.
Seems to work pretty well, it takes a little getting used to.
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Try riding a recumbent.....no more sore bottoms.

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