Seat Bone Pain? (English Saddles)

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    11-30-2012, 03:40 AM
Seat Bone Pain? (English Saddles)

I've noticed that when I ride, the saddle feels like it's a wedge between my seat bones, pushing them apart. It's uncomfortable! Is this an issue with the twist or the seat width? If it's the seat, I'm assuming I'd need a wider one. If it's the twist, would I want it narrower (to prevent spreading) or wider (so I'm sitting on top of it like a flat chair)? I just don't know what's going on down there!

Also, I really am talking about my seat bones. My, um, crotch is just fine. Sorry for the added info, but I thought it may be relevant...

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    11-30-2012, 06:44 AM
Ladies do sometimes have this issue. It's often due to the extra width across the base of the pelvis - the bone edges line up with the edges of the saddle tree rails so you get two narrow areas taking a lot of pressure. Ouch.

The only way forward is to trial-sit on a variety of saddles to fit what sort of seat width is most comfortable. (I've said 'seat' but the waist or twist width is usually related to this so narrower twist = narrower seat - usually).

Best of luck finding something suitable. In the meantime one of those slow-recovery foam seatsavers might help :)
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    12-01-2012, 01:35 AM
Thank you! I guess you're right, I'll just have to try a bunch. I never considered a seat saver for myself, but that's a really good idea... at least while I'm figuring this out!
    12-01-2012, 08:21 AM
One other thing to consider is a saddle with a synthetic tree. That's because a plastic tree is moulded as a flat(ish) plate rather than a frame so there are no internal edges.

Not being blessed with a lot of padding myself, years ago I used to have breeches made up with a double seat, though to be fair saddle seats didn't have such comfortable foam padding at that time.

Just a couple of thoughts :)
    12-01-2012, 03:03 PM
Are there certain saddle brands that you would recommend that have synthetic trees? I haven't given much thought to the material of the tree before. I'll start paying attention to that now!
    12-01-2012, 03:42 PM
Not sure about in the US. There are the synthetics (Wintec/Bates, Thorowgood) and leather Kent & Masters, Whittaker and Kieffer. A lot of manufacturers use plastic trees for certain models eg. Passier, GFS (Fieldhouse), Jeffries.

Unfortunately the only way to tell for certain is to check manufacturers catalogues. Stores don't like advertising 'plastic tree' in the belief it sounds cheap, whereas its really an improvement over plywood and steel in a lot of cases. But anything with an adjustable gullet will have a plastic tree of some type.

Not sure if that's much help :)

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