Anyone tried boy saddles and happy with them?

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Anyone tried boy saddles and happy with them?

Postby Christine Tham » Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:01 am

I'm thinking of buying a new saddle but there seem to be a lot more range and variety for men than women.

Is it okay to buy a non-ladies saddle?

I'm currently riding a Fizik Vitesse HP and I haven't much difference between the shape of that and a typical men's model. I'm currently thinking Fizik Arione CX, or maybe Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Monolink?
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Postby CommuRider » Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:57 am

1.Yes
2. No

Tried it once and I ached afterwards. Don 't know what it was, but it was some cheap narrow plastic piece of cr*p. But maybe you'll find one that you like. I am sure Brooks saddles aren't as bad as the modern day CF saddles in terms of comfort.
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Postby Nobody » Sat Jun 11, 2011 12:37 pm

Christine Tham wrote:I'm thinking of buying a new saddle but there seem to be a lot more range and variety for men than women.

Is it okay to buy a non-ladies saddle?

I'm currently riding a Fizik Vitesse HP and I haven't much difference between the shape of that and a typical men's model. I'm currently thinking Fizik Arione CX, or maybe Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Monolink?
I read somewhere (I think it was SC) recently that saddles for women are only shorter because the catch on skirts less and the tradition has gone on from there. The only danger you have is getting one too narrow. Unfortunately many racer type saddles are 130mm wide which is too narrow even for me.

CommuRider wrote:I am sure Brooks saddles aren't as bad as the modern day CF saddles in terms of comfort.
I believe you are correct but you are probably wasting your time typing this in a CT thread.

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Postby Parker » Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:15 pm

Some women like them others don't, I dont, I went with selle italia. Drunkmonkey and I had this argument once about WSD saddles and the conclusion is get what works for you.

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Postby Eleri » Sat Jun 11, 2011 5:24 pm

Just this morning I bought a Selle SMP Lite - the only difference between the men's and women's saddle is that you get some pink thing on the women's one. I don't want pink anything. A few of my friends, male and female, ride them and reckon they are the best ever. I've had 3 other unsatisfactory saddles, most of them WSD, so I thought I would try this. My current WSD saddle is chafes because the back seems to be to wide.

I think I got the right one, but hard to tell from the Selle SMP website. Apparently I am large or extra large (which is ridiculous if you saw me) and this is decided by, of all things, my jean size! Anyway, fair chance I misinterpreted that. Something got lost in the translation I think.

I'll let you know how it goes - I've fitted it, sat on it but will ride on it tomorrow.

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Postby Comedian » Sat Jun 11, 2011 6:40 pm

Eleri wrote:Just this morning I bought a Selle SMP Lite - the only difference between the men's and women's saddle is that you get some pink thing on the women's one. I don't want pink anything. A few of my friends, male and female, ride them and reckon they are the best ever. I've had 3 other unsatisfactory saddles, most of them WSD, so I thought I would try this. My current WSD saddle is chafes because the back seems to be to wide.

I think I got the right one, but hard to tell from the Selle SMP website. Apparently I am large or extra large (which is ridiculous if you saw me) and this is decided by, of all things, my jean size! Anyway, fair chance I misinterpreted that. Something got lost in the translation I think.

I'll let you know how it goes - I've fitted it, sat on it but will ride on it tomorrow.

I think the sizing they were talking about was pelvis size. I have no idea how to work that out but I doubt it's got anything to do with jeans size. :shock:

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Postby Eleri » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:13 pm

Comedian wrote:I think the sizing they were talking about was pelvis size. I have no idea how to work that out but I doubt it's got anything to do with jeans size. :shock:


The bit on their website about "how to work out which saddle" classifies by "Man Jean" and "Lady Jean" as well as other mystery sizes presumably the width of your sit bones. I am "Lady Jean" euro size 34 according to my jeans which are a bit too big for me. The distance between my sit bones is round about 12cm and this bears no resemblance to any other number in the table. Very curious. Especially when they are on about the scientific development of the saddles. :)

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Postby Comedian » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:22 pm

Eleri wrote:
Comedian wrote:I think the sizing they were talking about was pelvis size. I have no idea how to work that out but I doubt it's got anything to do with jeans size. :shock:


The bit on their website about "how to work out which saddle" classifies by "Man Jean" and "Lady Jean" as well as other mystery sizes presumably the width of your sit bones. I am "Lady Jean" euro size 34 according to my jeans which are a bit too big for me. The distance between my sit bones is round about 12cm and this bears no resemblance to any other number in the table. Very curious. Especially when they are on about the scientific development of the saddles. :)

http://www.smpselle.com/smp4bike/en/support/selection-table


I agree.. that's crazy. I've gone from "man jeans" 44 to "man jeans" 32. that's great... but I'm pretty sure my sitbones haven't shrunk!

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Re: Anyone tried boy saddles and happy with them?

Postby Ruby » Sun Jun 12, 2011 8:41 am

Christine Tham wrote:I'm thinking of buying a new saddle but there seem to be a lot more range and variety for men than women.

Is it okay to buy a non-ladies saddle?

I'm currently riding a Fizik Vitesse HP and I haven't much difference between the shape of that and a typical men's model. I'm currently thinking Fizik Arione CX, or maybe Selle Italia SLR Team Edition Monolink?


I have a women's saddle on one bike and a man saddle on the other. I prefer the man saddle as it is a little narrower.

Do fizik do test saddles? it was something i liked about specialized was to be able to ride a few weeks with the test saddle before outlaying the coin.

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Postby Christine Tham » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:23 pm

OK, I am now officially a boy because I have bought the Fizik Ariodne CX saddle.

Will let everyone know how I go - I do like the narrower saddles because they don't chafe my thighs when I sprint.
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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:34 pm

You sprint in the saddle? :o

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Postby Christine Tham » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:27 pm

Mulger bill wrote:You sprint in the saddle? :o

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My "technique" is to remain in the saddle for as long as possible - hook onto anyone that sprints past - get catapulted to 2nd/3rd place with no effort :-) Occasionally I win because the lead out rider got tired :-)
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Postby Eleri » Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:31 pm

I finally got to ride on my new saddle after a week of rain, random riding on other bikes and other stuff.

I did a 100km ride and ... it felt OK. Certainly no less comfortable than its predecessor but that's pretty good for the first time on a brand new saddle. I think I need to adjust it a bit, maybe drop the front part of the saddle lower because it was hitting my front pubic bone when I was deep in the drops and riding hard. But maybe I could raise the seat a bit as well.

I have to say it didn't feel like I was riding a boy saddle.

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Postby trailgumby » Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:43 pm

A female rider I got talking to one fine commuting day found the WTB Speed V worked for her. It came on my first entry-level mountain bike, and it was relatively wide ... judging by the bruises on my inner thighs after only one lap of Manly Dam.

But she swore it worked for her, so my old one got put on my daughter's bike. Viola, no more complaints about sore bottoms. I haven't measured it, but it's somewhere between 140-150mm wide. It seems that WTB saddles generally are a bit wider than say Fizik or Selle SMP so they may be worth a look.
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Postby activemum » Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:16 pm

I bought a womens saddle for my road bike, then put the original mens road bike saddle on my mountain bike to save buying another saddle. It seems to work pretty well.

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Re: Anyone tried boy saddles and happy with them?

Postby nana » Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:38 pm

ive had a selle smp for 3 years now. took me about a month to get used to it but i haven't looked back. although i did try my sisters specialised womens carbon seat (not exactly sure of the model) once and it was great. next time i need a new seat I'll get one of those.
i think it must have something to do with the width of the pointy end bit (very technical description there) because when i got a new bike recently i had a most seat with a wide pointy end bit, and it was terrible, so i went straight back to the old smp faithful.

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