As modelled by Jeff and Jasmine the mannequins.
Open as normal Thrsday 26th and then again from the Saturday (28th) onwards.
When it comes to saddles, I have started to wonder whether people who don’t complain are just putting a brave face on it. Are we all massively uncomfortable on our saddles and those who say that they aren’t are just lying?
Having just bought a new road bike (I won’t name names) and done a few hundred miles on it I find myself in agony. My last road bike was by the same manufacturers and wasn’t all that bad at all. It was never as comfortable as sitting in front of the television on a beanbag, but in comparison to the latest, it was heavenly.
I used to serve customers in the shop with one uniform response in terms of saddles. This was that there was much to be achieved through perseverance and the slight or quite major adjustment of both saddle and post. Having tried this myself on the new bike over the first few rides I eventually admitted defeat in the New Year. A ride over Christmas had me stopping to regain some feeling and then on returning to work I set about the business of finding its replacement.
I finally started thinking along the lines of Gel. Now, this had always seemed to me, to be totally unnecessary. However, as I find myself on the shop floor sitting on bikes and imagining the miles perched atop each one I find myself drawn more and more often to the Gel equipped numbers.
The brand I’m drawn to is Specialized with their Body Geometry saddles. I discovered a model with both lightweight credentials and Gel- a seeming impossibility I thought. I’vegot one of these on order and I’ll
know soon enough if it’s the answer. The only other saddle I will recommend
is the Spoon from Charge. I have this saddle on my commute bike currently
and have had different ones many times before. It is the most generally
comfortable and also, happily, one of the best looking saddles (a strange
concept when you think about it really) that I’ve come across.
My belief is that the pressure relief channel makes all the difference, but I
don't know whether the cutaway as on the Specialized saddle above id fully
necessary. We shall soon see though.
I’m afraid that I won’t even attempt to tackle the world of ladies’ saddles here as my confidence has been knocked about men’s I don’t fancy making wide generalisations any more.
Written by Sam Price-Hunt, Wheelies blog writer.
With the Marina to Mumbles front and all the sand and salt this way,
it's worth paying some attention to this little piece.