So, I got some new road wheels for the winter training season. This was mainly because the CX bike didn't fit right. So it is gone, and I don't have a ride for Barry-Roubaix, but that is another story.
So I have spent a good amount of time trying to find a seat that doesn't bruise my sit bones, and yet doesn't make my naughty places all numb and tingly. I bet you are glad this post doesn't have any pictures.
I got a fit at Two Wheel Tango, by master fitter Jess. Although she solved whatever knee issue I had, I still can't can't get my seating dialed.
I will do a brief run through of the saddles I tried.
First: Scor Something-or-Other
This was the stock saddle. It has bee some time since I was on it, so I don't remember the exact issue. I know at one point I ended p with some saddle sores, so it makes sense there was some chafing involved. I forgot this saddle at TWT, and have not yet gone back to retrieve it, so I have not retried it. I probably should give this one another try.
Second, Fourth: Fizik Arione
This seems like the number one saddle people mention when discussing road saddles. I love, love, love my Tundra saddle on the singlespeed. It would only make sense that the Arione would be the easy fix. However, this saddle is a bit more rounded than the Tundra, and that taint no laughing matter. So after som time, things go numb. I have taken this saddle back off, and put back on a couple of times, and I still can't get used to it. It has since been sold.
Third: Specialized Toupe Expert 143
I figured if the Arione placed pressure on the wrong places, a saddle with a cut-out and a sill name would be ideal. The online consensus is if you don't like the Arione, then ride a Toupe. Jess suggested a 143 saddle, from the Specialized Butt-o-meter. I rode this saddle from some time. I could not get it adjusted to be comfortable. Although the numbness was gone, the comfort wasn't there.
Fifth: Tioga Spyder Twin Tail
This saddle has a flatter profile than the Arione, so I figured I would give it a shot. It was cheaper too. I put is on there and rode it. The numbness wasn't an issue, and the comfort wasn't bad. However, I was quite sore after the ride. This just wasn't in the sit bone flesh, but my hips themselves hurt. I just couldn't get adjusted to it.
Sixth: Selle Italia Flight
Selle Italia often worried me. They have something like 47 different models, and I couldn't possibly try them all. They are all pretty narrow saddles. However, I found the SLR at a decent price, and figured it would be worth a shot. I ordered this saddle before heading out of town on business, and it should be waiting at home for me. I will give it a shot next weekend.
Honorable Mention: Charge Knife
I bought this one at the same time as the Twin Rail. I have not put it on yet. After ordering, I read some reviews that the stitching on the saddle can chew up your bibs. This is the most affordable saddle on the list, but I don't wand a saddle to ruin my Bibs that cost more than the seat itself. I still have it, and may give it a shot. I am also considering putting it on the Superfly 100 to check it out. I figured the time on the MTB might be a bit easier on the shorts. Perhaps I am concerned about nothing.
So, I haven't solved the saddle dilemma yet. I would like to get it sorted out soon, so I can begin my training for 2012. Plus I still need to figure out what I am riding at the end of March...