Saddled with a pain in the rear

Montebello summit had plenty of sun today. Not so north of Page Mill. Fog socked in Skyline.

Montebello summit had plenty of sun today. Not so north of Page Mill. Fog socked in Skyline.


As we age, saddle comfort becomes more of an issue. Muscles weaken and can no longer provide the padding that protects the ischium from getting sore. The same goes to the hands. I used to never wear gloves. Now I have to.

I’ve been experimenting with saddles, but I keep coming back to the Avocet Gelflex. Even though my saddle is 25 years old, it’s more comfortable than anything else I’ve used. I think it’s the gel, which is similar to silicone rubber. It seems to last forever.

So what hasn’t worked? I gave up on the Avocet Racing II by Sella Italia. It has the same shape and size as the Gelflex, but it didn’t have the silicone. It’s fairly comfortable, but caused minor pain on long rides.

WTB’s Pure V looked promising, but it’s a little too wide and after a 60-mile ride both ischium were more sore than any saddle I had tried.

Bike saddle comfort is an individual decision. Everyone is built differently.

I think gel is the way to go. Selle Italia makes a gel saddle that look promising. The problem is that you really need to test a saddle on a long ride before you’ll know if it’s for you. Does anyone want a WTB Pure V?

Santa Clara Valley from Montebello Road. I haven't seen fog this thick in late October.

Santa Clara Valley from Montebello Road. I haven’t seen fog this thick in late October.

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