I have been riding my new Fisher HKEK for just over two weeks now, and my butt is feeling the pain. Should I just go ahead and replace the Bontrager saddle, or should I try to stick it out? I have not ridden for many years, so I can understand some initial discomfort. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I got the HKEK 3 weeks ago & left the stock seat on to try - ouchie hoochie. After one hour on my second ride on the bike, my inner butt bones were hurting (female). The saddle is so hard & too long (my 16 yr old says men need the longer one - ? truth or how would she know) I replaced with a WTB seat. The saddle was second item on the HKEK I replaced after the pedals. Why not replace it @ min cost - plenty <$100 and make the body happy rrr:
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Sage Sierra's advice is pretty sound. WTB makes some great saddles. Please keep in mind that if you're a new rider or haven't ridden in a while, it takes some time to get accustomed to a saddle. Nothing against Bontrager saddles, but her comment about the HKEK saddle being hard is probably true. Saddle preferences vary, and it could be that GF outfitted this bike with a saddle with minimum padding.
If I might make a recommendation, in addition with WTB, I've had luck with Selle Italia products. They tend to be on the expensive side, but for me, they have the right balance of width and padding. I just bought one of these, but have yet to try it:
Best wishes in finding a good saddle.
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