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New saddle: thanks for your suggestions, here’s the plan.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by  
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In yesterday’s blog I talked about the problem of soreness and numbness on my road bike, and that it was time for a new saddle.

Between the replies to my blog, the posts on Facebook, tweets and emails I received nearly two dozen suggestions for nearly two dozen different saddles. 😀

There’s no question that saddles are about the most personal and important choices one can make, so I can’t say I’m surprised by the diversity of the suggestions.

Here’s what I’ve decided to do. I ordered the Forté Pro XFR Saddle as a starting point. I mainly decided to start with this saddle because I’ve actually tried it (albeit for a limited time) and found it extremely comfortable. Also, you can’t beat the price.

Selle Italia SLR Flow

Selle Italia SLR Flow

If love the Forté then great. If I don’t like it I can send it back for a full refund. While I’m all for a good bargain when I can get one, you can’t put a price limit on comfort and health. If the saddle doesn’t work for me then I won’t hesitate to send it back.

If I do wind up sending the Forté back I think I’m going to give the Selle Italia SLR Flow, or perhaps the Gel Flow variant, saddle a try next. The Selle Italia saddles are well-reviewed, supposedly very comfortable, light weight and they look great.

If the Selle Italia doesn’t do it for me, I’ll probably try one of the Adamo saddles next.

I’ll let you all know what I think of the Forté once I put some miles on it.

John Stone Fitness Comments

3 Responses to “New saddle: thanks for your suggestions, here’s the plan.”
  1. John,

    Finished my century ride this weekend. They decided to add an extra 8 miles at the last minute to spotlight a last minute sponsor. Armed with my mustard and salt stick caps….zero cramping. Not even those little twinges that worry you half way through the ride. Thanks for the advice they worked great. Also, just to let you know I nominated you for a free spot in the Leadville 100. Strava was giving away free spots and free gear. If anyone can do that race you can. Hope you hear something…you deserve it.

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    • Way to go, and great job! I’m really happy to hear that the Saltstick/Mustard combo proved to be a successful combo on such a long ride.

      I’m honored that you thought to nominate me for a spot in the Leadville. That’s a tough race–probably one of the toughest MTB races out there. It would take everything I have to complete it, but I would love the chance to test myself. Thanks!

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      • Thanks, I’m no speed demon…. finishing is my reward.

        My pleasure on the nomination, I would love to follow those blogs on your training for such a race. Last time I was out in vegas…I did a 13 mile mountain bike tour in mid-august after a night of drinking (not my brightest idea). It about killed me. I remember really thinking the altitude being a factor. I can’t imagine another 3000 feet in elevation. Anyway of course I get paired with a guy who has run the race and was even wearing his Leadville 100 jersey. What a mismatch….anyway he said the race was amazing. The tour guide spent the next few hours asking him questions about the Leadville. It must be something. The last day for nomination was yesterday, if I would have had more time, I would have started a thread. I have a feeling we could have gotten you a few more nominations. Still I hope you hear something.

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