There are a lot pieces of clothing and equipment for which I take suggestions, but saddles isn’t one of them. As I understand bike seats, the width of your ischial tuberosities (sitz bones) determines what saddle will work best for you. Recommending a saddle to someone is a bit like recommending everyone wear your shirt size. “Oh, you’ll love medium. It fits me perfectly,” you might say.
I have ridden a litany of saddles, from old school leather covered to roadie classics, with and without cut outs, various widths, lengths, concavity and convexity, all trying to find something to cup my supple buttocks in such a way as to make those 5th and 6th hours on the bike less torturous than they need to be.
I have, at this point, settled on a go-to seat, made by a company I don’t particularly like, but a solution which nonetheless gets me there without the sort of physical crisis that can put a rider right off the notion of riding a bike. I will not name it, for to do so might smack of recommendation, which I think I have made clear, is not my jam.
If you are still searching the land for such a saddle, there are things you can do. You can have someone measure your tuberosities, but this is an intimate procedure, like a proper tick search, that not everyone is into. You can also have your ass pressure-mapped, which will not only help you find the right width saddle but also show you just how lop-sided and improperly you sit on your bike in the first place.
This week’s Group Ride asks, what does your butt look like, and what saddle do you ride? How did you find this mythical saddle? Trial and error? Professional guidance? Or do you labor on, riding a sleek but decidedly uncomfortable piece of carbon fiber covered in space edge materials that reduces its weight, if not its total impact on your gluteal discomfiture?