Buying a road bike for wife

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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby Duck! » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:27 pm

Kronos wrote:If the cutout in your saddle isn't designed properly for your junk then the seat is bin food.

Cutouts aren't necessarily the defining aspect of whether a saddle is right or not; the overall shape is what matters. I've ridden saddles with cutouts, which while nice to the undercarriage, were too wide through the mid-section, which caused issues elsewhere. Given women's naturally wider pelvic structure, that may be less of an issue, but I'm not a woman, so I don't know..... Comes back to the point from my previous post, the only person who can know what the right saddle is, is the person sitting on it.
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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby Kronos » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:47 pm

Duck! wrote:
Kronos wrote:If the cutout in your saddle isn't designed properly for your junk then the seat is bin food.

Cutouts aren't necessarily the defining aspect of whether a saddle is right or not; the overall shape is what matters. I've ridden saddles with cutouts, which while nice to the undercarriage, were too wide through the mid-section, which caused issues elsewhere. Given women's naturally wider pelvic structure, that may be less of an issue, but I'm not a woman, so I don't know..... Comes back to the point from my previous post, the only person who can know what the right saddle is, is the person sitting on it.


You might want to consider the increasing interest in cycling related erectile dysfunction and get back to me.

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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:56 pm

Kronos wrote:
You might want to consider the increasing interest in cycling related erectile dysfunction and get back to me.


The post and thread relates to a female rider. ED is not an issue and your point is irrelevant. Ducks observations are spot on ie it's what fits the individual and the only real method is trial/error.
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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby Kronos » Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:00 pm

10speedsemiracer wrote:
Kronos wrote:
You might want to consider the increasing interest in cycling related erectile dysfunction and get back to me.


The post and thread relates to a female rider. ED is not an issue and your point is irrelevant. Ducks observations are spot on ie it's what fits the individual and the only real method is trial/error.


It'll be irrelevant when you get a limp dick. I (personally) would not go back to a flat saddle. As for women, they (usually speaking) have wider sit bones (covered this already), so saddles for women are (generally speaking) wider. Meanwhile, though not all women want a cut-out channel (to relieve soft tissue discomfort) most women like men who use one find they are more comfortable with one than without one.

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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby Duck! » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:00 pm

Comes back to what I said above. A cutout is just one aspect of saddle shape to be considered. The trade-off with cutouts is that they often make the mid-section of the saddle wider, which can lead to discomfort in other areas. If a saddle with a cutout is best for you, that's fine. If a saddle with no cutout, a slightly narrower nose and a bit more lengthwise curve is best for someone else, that's also fine.

For a completely-irrelevant-to-anyone-else perspective, my most comfortable saddle, which is on both of my MTBs because that's what's ridden the longest at any session, is a non-cutout, moderately curved model. My commuter bike has a cutout model discarded from one of my MTBs because after about two hours (and I can spend five times that on the bike in one day if the mood takes me) it's a plain old pain in the arse - mostly due to other elements of its shape. But it's fine on the commuter 'cos I'm only on that for 15 minutes at a time.
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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby cyclingnolycra » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:55 pm

Ended up getting a couple of year old second hand merida bike for 500 with sora drivetrain. Women's bike... so don't need to spend on anything else which is good. Ok deal given there wasn't too much out there in terms of 2nd hand women's bikes.

Thanks everyone for your advice and suggestions!

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Re: Buying a road bike for wife

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:20 pm

cyclingnolycra wrote:Ended up getting a couple of year old second hand merida bike for 500 with sora drivetrain. Women's bike... so don't need to spend on anything else which is good. Ok deal given there wasn't too much out there in terms of 2nd hand women's bikes.

Thanks everyone for your advice and suggestions!


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