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    Best Saddle for the Front Range?

    just kidding.

    But seriously, my ass hurts. Whenever I spend a long time in the saddle on some long uphill grind, my taint hurts. I know that saddles are a personal thing, but there is some science to it, right? Like how the saddle lines up with your sit bones or something? Are there shops that can measure this or otherwise help me pick a saddle that's right? Or is it really just trial and error?

    If any of these saddle specialty shops are close to Boulder, that would be a bonus.
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    Best Saddle for the Front Range?

    I've personally found that choosing the right padded shorts is more critical than the saddle.

    That being said, I like the WTB Pure V saddle. Comfy and reasonably priced.
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    You can get your seat bones measured at any of the Bike Source Specialized stores. That way you at least know what width saddle you should be choosing for your butt.

    I think Bike Source also has "test saddles" that you can test ride for a few days to see if they feel OK. If they don't, call around to some other bike stores and see if you can find one that has some demo saddles you can try out. Like you said, fit is very personal and what works for your buddy may not work for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wARmachine15 View Post
    I've personally found that choosing the right padded shorts is more critical than the saddle.

    That being said, I like the WTB Pure V saddle. Comfy and reasonably priced.
    You may be right about shorts, I dunno, but I was happy with my last saddle with the same shorts (but that saddle was beat up, old, flexy, etc). I now have a Rocket V, not sure how it differs from the Pure V, but damn it makes my ass hurt.

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    Anybody using a Selle SMP saddle?

    I'm using the Selle SMP. Putting them on all my bikes.
    What a relief.

    Oh, and shorts... yeah they make a diference on your tail bone, or the bones you sit on while riding, but not where it counts. Sore nads is a saddle issue.

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    Problem solved!

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    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

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    Was gonna say Rocket V, but I see you've already ruled that one out.

    I also like the Fizik Aliante, but seeing as how I also like a saddle you hate, you should not listen to me.

    +1 on the butt measurement.
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    +1 on the Specialized seat fitting. Free and takes 30 seconds. I went from sitting on my inner wang to actually being on my sit bones.
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    Any place closer to Boulder that does that kind of analysis? Because it looks like the closest BikeSource to me is a haul.

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    Not sure if this link will work, but any Specialized dealer that does BG fit should work. Maybe even all dealers...

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    That link worked, and I work a block away from U-Bikes. I'll walk over there this week and give them a shot.

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    It's a Specialized tool. Find your local S dealer.

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    How does one get certified in sit bone measuring?
    What poor sucker has to manage this analysis within the hierarchy of a bike shop?
    Do you wear your extra funky chamois to the bike shop when getting measured?
    Is this a "bend over sir" situation, or more of a chalk on the bum sit on a seat kind of deal?
    Do I get to choose what staff member measures my sit bones?

    Curiosity is slaying me at this moment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    How does one get certified in sit bone measuring?
    What poor sucker has to manage this analysis within the hierarchy of a bike shop?
    Do you wear your extra funky chamois to the bike shop when getting measured?
    Is this a "bend over sir" situation, or more of a chalk on the bum sit on a seat kind of deal?
    Do I get to choose what staff member measures my sit bones?

    Curiosity is slaying me at this moment...
    It's not what you're thinking.

    There is just this little thing you sit on with kind of a memory foam deal. You sit on it, jump up, and find the sit bone depressions before they rebound. You can do it yourself if you know what you're doing.

    But nobody has to touch your booty.
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    Best Saddle for the Front Range?

    Hmmm. Disappointing yet sensical.

    On to other plans of getting gratuitous booty touches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    ...On to other plans of getting gratuitous booty touches.
    So you want to have somebody touch your monkey?

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    I've always had them use a bucket of sand, not the memory foam. Of course, that could be why my friends tell me I have sand in my hooha all the time too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP View Post
    So you want to have somebody touch your monkey?
    Kind of. Really I wanted to be selective about my bike shop if this was a process involving bum lookers and/or cheeky monkeys:
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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    Kind of. Really I wanted to be selective about my bike shop if this was a process involving bum lookers and/or cheeky monkeys:
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    I got a Spec Henge saddle, am happy with it. I also like Spec's satisfaction guarantee, if it doesn't work for you they will take it back within 30 days. U-Bikes usually stocks a lot of Spec stuff, I got mine there.
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    Re: Best Saddle for the Front Range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    How does one get certified in sit bone measuring?
    What poor sucker has to manage this analysis within the hierarchy of a bike shop?
    Do you wear your extra funky chamois to the bike shop when getting measured?
    Is this a "bend over sir" situation, or more of a chalk on the bum sit on a seat kind of deal?
    Do I get to choose what staff member measures my sit bones?

    Curiosity is slaying me at this moment...
    I'm sure with a little effort they can find a staff member who LOVES to measure seat bones. Probably the only certification needed is that they are willing to do it at all.

    They take you behind the curtain and into a sound-proofed room... no one wants to talk about it afterward so the exact method remains a trade secret...

    No, seriously, they do what Tom said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biopace View Post
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    If the OP (or anybody) wants one of these, I would give you mine. Free, or enough for a shot of Jack.

    It still didn't hit my sit bones correctly.
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    Best Saddle for the Front Range?

    Agree with the others; you should get measured.

    The Specialized Henge and Ergon SM3 work well for me. If I had to choose between the two, I'd take the Henge. The SM3 is a little flatter, and starts to get uncomfortable after 45-50 miles.

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    WTB laser V...they tend to align with my junk.

    This thread got me laughing a bit. Would be funny to see someone get their taint measured. In all sereousness most shops, I think, have a program where you can try varying saddles with the thought that you will buy from them. Pretty good idea.
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    I got my taint measured . Was kind of funny because it was a woman who helped me out, and I felt a little weird saying "my taint hurts" to her, but I don't know any other words for it.

    I guess I'm a 155 in Specialized Speak. May try out the Henge, since a couple here recommend it. Specialized has a 30 day satisfaction guarantee if you order direct, not sure if U-Bikes has the same. Would rather buy local of course, but not if they can't match that.

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    I've had several saddles and they all made my ass sore. I found an article on the interwebs that really helped. Place a piece of tin foil on a carpeted step. Sit on the foil, lean forward as you would riding and then raise your feet off the floor. There should be a good indentation where your ishchial's were. Measure center to center of the indents and this is your sit bone width. Narrow is 100mm and lower, medium is 100-130 and wide is greater than 130. Width of the seat you need is 130 for narrow, 143 for medium and 155 for wide. I bought a seat which had the measurement I needed and haven't had any problems since.

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    "Green" test for brokefork: Did you re-use the foil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    "Green" test for brokefork: Did you re-use the foil?
    Of course, had a great baked potato that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bagwhan View Post
    You may be right about shorts, I dunno, but I was happy with my last saddle with the same shorts (but that saddle was beat up, old, flexy, etc). I now have a Rocket V, not sure how it differs from the Pure V, but damn it makes my ass hurt.

    Pure V is a little wider than the Rocket and it is comfier on the bum. Since it is wider it takes a bit more effort to get behind the seat on descents and the drop nose is nice if you tend to snag your shorts on your saddle. A lot of shops have demo WTB saddles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    Hmmm. Disappointing yet sensical.

    On to other plans of getting gratuitous booty touches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgardner73 View Post
    ...starts to get uncomfortable after 45-50 miles.
    My won't the the only thing that starts to get uncomfortable after 45-50 miles...
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