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