by phototext   February 15, 2013  

I am getting older (58) and am now finding that the saddles on all my bikes are uncomfortable. There is no polite way I can think to put this, they cut off the blood supply to my willy. Even fairly short rides produce an unpleasant sensation when I stop and blood flow returns.

Should I worry about this? And suggestions to improve the saddle?

I bought a Rido saddle and found it unrideable, it might work if I were bolt upright but no use for my Galaxy, Epic or Stumpjumper.

Any ideas?

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Have you tried a saddle with a cutout? Specialized Romin solved this problem for me unless I spend hours in the saddle on the turbo

posted by pirnie [215 posts]
15th February 2013 - 20:24

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I have found the Specialized Toupe great for long rides and they don't give the 'numb nut' syndrome - similar to the Romin (suggested above) they have a centre cut out. I also found that a really good one that prevents the blood flow issue (if the above suggestions are too hard/expensive/spartan) is the Charge Spoon - really comfortable and reasonably priced too - no cutout but they have a higher back end that if i have a slight 'onset' then I just move back a bit and away goes the issue.
Big Grin

Hope it helps,


Trikeman. Wink

Grunt, puff, pant and groan goes the old man - but he gets there in the end. ;o)

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posted by trikeman [390 posts]
15th February 2013 - 21:25


trikeman wrote:
Charge Spoon - really comfortable and reasonably priced too - no cutout but they have a higher back end that if i have a slight 'onset' then I just move back a bit

Couldn't agree more best £20 I spent on any bike part....comfort and no chaffing = enjoyable ride out Smile

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posted by colhum1 [98 posts]
15th February 2013 - 22:48

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Looks like I am going to have to buy a saddle or two and try them. With the Rido I found it pitched me forward so all my weight seemed to be on my arms which got tired very quickly.

posted by phototext [13 posts]
16th February 2013 - 0:16


I've got a rido R2 saddle and it really does work. Have you tried angling it up a little this is what generally works for most who use rido. If the R2 does not work what about trying their new one the rido lt?

posted by hammond83 [33 posts]
16th February 2013 - 7:01

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Quite a lot of shops have test saddles you can try out - it's worth asking.

posted by bashthebox [762 posts]
16th February 2013 - 10:33

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+1 for the Spoon Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [917 posts]
18th February 2013 - 11:43

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I put the Rido on the Galaxy and fiddled with the angle. Much better than on my old Stumpjumper. I'll leave it on for a few rides and see if I get used to it. It does stop the problem.

Looks like I need to check out the spoon too!

posted by phototext [13 posts]
18th February 2013 - 18:22

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I switched to a Specialized Toupe for sportives and it cured the problem. You do have to pay attention to saddle sizing though as one size doe not fit all. The width of your pelvis dictates how far apart your ischial tuberosities (sitty bones) are. Get a saddle too small and the saddle slips between these just squashing all your soft tissues. Correct saddle fitting should have your sitty bones perched nicely on the wings with your penile nerves and blood vessels nice and tidy in the saddle groove.
Go to a shop that can measure your distance between the tuberosities - don't worry, you do it yourself and definately not a Are You Being Served moment (kids - cultural reference to 1970's sitcom).

posted by big shug [40 posts]
18th February 2013 - 18:38

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I have tried many saddles and have 2 favorites, the Specilized Toupe is light and does not look like it should be comfortable but it really is, but the best one I have ever had is a £20 charge spoon.
Saddles are a very personal thing, I tried braking in a Brooks once but never felt comfortable on it, it's bloody heavy and really does not suit a modern race bike which is a shame because the are very well made.

posted by broomwagonboy [14 posts]
18th February 2013 - 19:03