Your butt does not look like my butt. I’m not going to describe mine (it’s real nice), because really, there’s no margin in that. The fact is, whatever the vagaries of shape, composition, and contour, the saddle that you find comfortable will likely not work for me. Like my shoes won’t work for you. You wear a different size, and your feet are wider than mine, with more arch. You put your cleats in a different place, too.
Today’s cycling industry can solve a lot of your problems. A good fitting can straighten out your pedaling inefficiencies, identify weak muscles, asymmetries, poor posture. They can shoot you with lasers and motion capture. They can grow your top tube and raise your saddle without you even getting of the fit bike. You can get foot beds that give you a better platform to push off of, have your cleats moved and rotated to accommodate that hip injury. And yes, you can have your ass mapped.
Somebody 3D print me a drink.
Bike fitting really is approaching its endgame when we’re talking about customized touch points, i.e. butt, feet, hands. Hands, actually, are the only part of this equation I haven’t seen meaningfully addressed. Sure there are ergo shapes and you can find your favorite tape in multiple thicknesses, but I haven’t seen anyone offering customized hoods yet. Have you?
Really, in the hands/butts/feet hierarchy, I would have expected the hands to come first.
There is an argument to be made, I suppose, that if you get the fitting right, that takes some of the stress off the touch points, but almost everyone I know who spends significant time on the bike also spends significant time adjusting their saddle and shoes. It’s the sort of “last mile” of bike fit, and I don’t think it’s meaningfully solved for most riders yet.
This week’s Group Ride asks, how much of this have you explored? Have you had footbeds made? Have you had your ass mapped? How many saddles have you tried, or having found “the one,” how many of them do you own now? Am I the only one who thinks that more ergo-adjustable hoods are an attractive option, customizable at least for size, if not for hand shape?