Lady problems (road bike saddle related)
So let me just say from the outset, I have absolutely no doubts as to where this thread could end up! But in amongst the innuendo I’m hoping there may be some nuggets of wisdom from some of the few ladies on STW…
So basically my girlfriend suffers from a nasty rubbing from the saddle in a rather delicate place 😯 She wears decent padded shorts, the saddle is dropped so the front is lower than normal to try and get the weight onto her sitting bones, but she still seems to get a lot of pressure here. I know nowt about womens bikes or womens setup – is there something obvious I’m missing or is it time to mess around with different saddles (it’s the stock saddle that came on the women’s specific Cube)? Thoughts / humour welcome 😆Posted 4 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
A similar question was asked a while ago.Posted 4 years ago
Not surprisingly, the thread went rapidly down hill, but there is some useful information there.MidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
I tried an ISM Adamo on 14 day trial.
It’s not sold as either a men’s or women’s specific saddle, it’s a bit of an odd looking thing and it takes a few rides to get used to, but I ended up buying three of them.
With a 14 day free trial, you’ve got nothing to lose.Posted 4 years agoretro83Member
bookwyse – Member
My missus used to suffer until I got her a Selle Italia female specific saddle. I would suggest using Chamois Cream on the pad as well to try and help.
Yea chamois cream makes a big difference, for the twig and giggleberries, so I assume it’s good for the lady garden also. I recommend ‘Udderly Smooth’. It’s great stuff!
On the subject of saddles, Specialized dealers can measure your arsebones and recommend a saddle that should work.Posted 4 years agoon and onSubscriber
Having the saddle nose down is probably not helping. Flat or slightly nose up would help with the squishy bits.Posted 4 years ago
The selle Italia x1 flow lady saddle is cheap at 18.00 and quite light at 270 grams. This really helped my wife when going from a 5 miles ride to doing 30-40 miles rides without discomfort.The PilotMember
I use a Selle Italia women specific saddle on my mtb and find it super comfortable.Posted 4 years ago
When I transferred it to my cx bike though it was no good at all. Because the body is less upright on the cx bike obviously, I found the Selle saddle had too much padding on the front which made it uncomfortable.
So now I use a lower profile Spesh women specific saddle and find that about right. I’d go for one of those for a road bike. Wouldn’t recommend the Jett though unless you’re only going to do super short rides. It’s great for about half an hour but is as hard as nails and soon becomes painfully uncomfortable, for me at least. Hope that helps.CloverSubscriber
+1 for bike fit!
Just a normal Charge spoon on most bikes but feels completely different on different bikes – don’t notice it at all the mtb and cx bike number one. Sadly, new cx bike (same saddle) is sore but I think it’s down to position not saddle so I am going to have to mess around with the set up.
Also, I once cycled home from work (40 miles) on my other half’s bike. We use the same saddle and similar set ups. But carrying a heavy pack changed everything… I couldn’t sit down after 25 miles. 15 miles standing up is pretty tough…Posted 4 years agosteel4realMember
Miss4real has a Cube (Carbon Hardtail) and discarded the saddle immediatley – using a Selle Italia Diav Gel Flow has been her saviour !
So much so she’s just bought another for her new bike before it get’s delivered.
I set it level at the nose using an inclinometer on the phone.Posted 4 years ago
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