Gel saddles?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by hoppym27, 30 Sep 2017.

  1. bikepacker

    bikepacker Veteran

    My experience is opposite to many touring cyclists. I am currently using a Selle Italia Man Gel Flow saddle and find it excellent for long distance touring. I have tried every make of leather saddle including many different models of Brooks and find them to be most uncomfortable.
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  2. I think the point is for a saddle to be comfortable for a long ride, your weight should be on your "sit bones" (basically where your hipbones get closest to the saddle) and not on your <euphemism> soft tissues. So a saddle like the Gel Flow above might be great, because you are still mostly contacting via sit bones, and the padding just cushions them a bit, while a bulky padded saddle may feel comfortable when you first sit on it, after a few miles you'll be in agony.
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    I'm a fan of an unpadded Brooks, but they really don't work for everyone, and they are not cheap though I believe have a good resale value.

    Fizik have a saddle test scheme where I believe you can pay a deposit and try out different saddles. Might be worth looking for a retailer near you that has them.

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  3. KnackeredBike

    KnackeredBike I do my own stunts

    Horses for courses. I had all manner of non-gel saddles having read the "gel saddles aren't as comfy as a good leather saddle". Inevitably ended up with a sore arse over 30ish miles.

    Went into LBS asking for the comfiest saddle, didn't care how stupid it looks. Sold a gel one. Now absolutely fine doing long rides on 23mm.

    I think that if anything it shows that the material matters very little, it's much more the width and shape of the saddle which makes it comfy or not comfy.
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  4. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Or vice versa. Or one might be fine on one bike and the other on another, but swap them around and it'll be hell.

    I don't rate flat saddles like the first one above because they aren't saddle-shaped until someone of the design weight sits on them: if you're too light then it's like sitting on a table; too heavy and the "soft tissues" get squished.
  5. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Not all of them, but some offer it as a service. Or you can find Art's Cyclery videos on how to grope your own bum correctly with a tape measure by proxy with some foil or card. I've yet to see a system that gets it right every time - that's probably only possible with real-time pressure-measuring tools on turbo trainers at labs and maybe not even then.

    A bike fit should include it IMO but also include saddle position, stem selection and bar type/position as a minimum. Ask what it includes. There are no dumb questions - but lots of opaque adverts.
  6. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    I find this comfy

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  7. darksider! :evil:
  8. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Yep the darkside is comfy with this one. Not a single pressure point across hands, feet, neck or bum etc. A revelation after years of uprights.
  9. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    I have a Selle Italia similar to the one @jefmcg posted and it’s very comfortable for me, but my best one i bought for four quid second hand finished in a rather nasty fake carbon finish. If you a few you’ll soon find out which is good for you.
  10. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 20% through Decade 7. Yikes! Moderator

    Yes - Trek/Bontrager, Specialised etc stockists will have a device* to measure your sit bones width and then match you up to a suitable width saddle which will improve your chances no end of a comfortable fit.

    * It's a gel pad that you sit on and the depressions of your sit bone are measurable.

    No charge for this service from the dealer.
  11. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
    Otherwise known as an 'Assometer'.;)
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  12. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

    ITMD - Ischial Tuberosity Measuring Device?
  13. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
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  14. OP

    hoppym27 Well-Known Member i went to Evans just now..because its round the corner for work..the chap said we can measure you but there isnt much point, its how you sit..i said I had a hybrid and i do in excess of 50 mile rides..he said a hybrids not really designed for that distance then recommended a new adventure road bike..or try the fabric scoop or similiar with a 142 measurement....ive been impressed with that store up to now but i left feeling a little underwhelmed today!
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  15. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Should have probably said that's nice and asked if you could speak to someone more senior ;)
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