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    saddle question

    I went and did the specialized body geometry saddle width test at my lbs. He set me up with a romin expert gel 168mm. ( widest avail i think ) It is a level 1 padding road seat. I am saddle sore after my rides. Should i try one with a little more padding? Any other seats that wide i can check out? Or should i just get used to this one?

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    Are you wearing anything under your shorts/tights? I highly recommend a chamois liner. It will also take some time to get adjusted to the saddle. How long did you ride and how many times? Are you just getting started on a bike or have you been riding a while?
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    It takes a few rides to adjust to any saddle. And that's if you're used to sitting on one at all. If you're new to riding entirely, it will take longer. Shorts with a good chamois will help, but won't prevent soreness altogether.

    I strongly prefer saddle demos, to be honest. The ass-o-meter is a selling tool and I think a lot of shops that use them, do so in the absence of an actual demo program. I think it is a useful tool to help narrow choices for an appropriate demo program. There's more to saddle choice than just the width. The profile, the shape of the nose, the amount of padding, the presence/shape of the cutout or channel (or complete lack thereof) are all things that need to be accounted for that the ass-o-meter doesn't address.

    In your case, since you have it and are kinda stuck with it, I'd give it a number of rides before making a final decision on how to proceed. Worst case scenario, the shop won't take it as a return, and you can sell it to recoup some costs and try to find a real saddle demo program with several choices. Best case, once you've adjusted to it, you find it to be comfortable and stick with it.

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