- Padded Saddle or Panty Liner?
ok, I tend to wear baggies, with padded undershorts, but the other day I was wondering, why padded shorts why not a better padding on your saddle?
How come all the thousands of pounds that are spent annually on saddle design have yet to manufacture a saddle that doesn’t require the rider to wear something close to sanitary padding?
Is it because it’s not fashionable to ride with a gurt big mattress of a saddle or that it woud be, heaven forbid, be heavier!?!Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
MrNUtt – I have puzzled about this – I have tried a few combinations of things and what works best for me is ordinary cotton underwear and a well padded saddle.
I think the hard saddle and padded shorts is more officiant for pedalling ( as you don’t get the lost energy in squishing the seat padding)so is goood for serious racers and the rest is just fashion
I did a solo 24 hr with a well padded saddle and cotton kecks with absolutely zero botty pain. I hate the feel of lycra next to my skin and find it holds sweat and I dont get the nice cooling breeze.Posted 9 years agoStonerSubscriber
my preference is for the endura cotton knickers with a little bit of padding. Collmax I think they call them. Far better than lycra. Less syntheic and under baggies they are very comfortable and in all my riding Ive never had a botty problem including the pompino trip.Posted 9 years agobreakneckspeedMember
Just to through a bit of a spanner in the works in recent weeks I’ve been playing around with saddle position and have found getting that dialled make a big difference to comfort levels – especially over the 2hour mark – that said I have always used padded cycling shorts and prefer a harder saddlePosted 9 years agoRudeBoyMember
Can’t stand squishy padded saddles- they don’t support your pelvic bones propply, and are a nightmare for long rides.
I just wear normal pants for most rides, but padded undershorts/lycra with chammy are better for longer rides, speshly in sweaty summer. Less chafing, and better moisture transfer.
Pants= closer fitting briefs. Boxers dont hold yer cobbly bobblers in place well enough, and you run the risk of a squashed plum. Plus, they can crease up, and cause all sorts of grief.Posted 9 years agojoe1983Member
defo tighty whiteys and padded shorts, don’t like squirmy saddles and went out for a 25 miler the other day in loose boxers and ended up in all sorts of trouble
oh and ton, fair enough mate! I have enough trouble without having to explain my calloused ass to my next fling!Posted 9 years agoSinglespeedpunkMember
Brooks saddle (well broken in and maintained)
Chocolate Fish merino boxers and Altura trousers.
Lack of seams, a saddle that fits and supports your sit-bones with out squishing stuff are the crucial points. Excess padding, fancy groves and weird rubber bumpers might help but its a wild stab in the dark.
Specialized ar5e fitting is one of the few good systems out there as it measures your sit bone width and guides you to a suitable width saddle for your body / riding.
SSPPosted 9 years agospooky_b329Member
I always used to wear baggys with padded liners, bought some lycra padded shorts a while back and then started wearing them under the baggys occasionally, found them much better. So much so that I haven’t used the old liners for about 6 months.
I can’t stand a well padded saddle, its the wrong shape. I’ve just gone from a WTB Pure/Rocket V which have a bit of squish to the Charge Spoon which is pretty hard. So comfy I promptly bought another Spoon for the other bike 🙂Posted 9 years agoTandemJeremyMember
My kecks dont have seams where I sit. My well padded saddle supports on the sit bones and puts no pressure anywhere else. Dead comfy. wearing lycra led me to severe problems with skin infections
I have been measured for a SBG saddle and bought one. Not ridden it enough yet to be sure – its probably the most comfy hard saddle I have tried but the jury is still out – I need to ride it morePosted 9 years ago
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