Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

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gadair149
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Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby gadair149 » 1 Aug 2010, 2:17pm

My husband and I have a Cannondale Mountain tandem which we love, but I am finding it difficult to achieve comfort in the - ahem - saddle region :oops: . I have a suspension seatpin which helps a bit, and a Ladies Turbo saddle which I have used loads on my mountain bike, but I am still getting sore quite quickly. Other Half is good at shouting if there is a bump, so I'm able to get up and take the load on my legs - it's generally while riding along that I'm feeling uncomfortable. Any tips or advice gratefully received! Cheers, Gail

boblo
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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby boblo » 1 Aug 2010, 4:11pm

Blimey a chance to reply on ladies 'bits'... :lol:

My wife uses a well broken in Brooks Pro (ladies version) when stoking on our tandem. It is a road bike rather than MTB type though. She finds she builds resilience over time i.e. put the miles in on a potentialy comfy saddle and so long as it suits you, you'll build capacity to sit for longer and your 'bits' should build resistence. She prefers leather over plastic/vinyl as it manages moisture better during the longer rides.

When we haven't ridden for a bit, she gets a bit of soreness in 'that' area but is able to build up again with regular riding. I understand Sudocream helps for a bit of external relief if there is any chafage in the undercarriage.... mind, that's true from male perspective as well.

Beware, if you choose a Pro, it takes some breaking in and is harder than Tungsten when new. However once broken in, it's like a pair of comfy old slippers.

If you'd prefer a more discrete off list discussion, happy to get Mrs Boblo to correspond directly.

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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby Russell » 1 Aug 2010, 4:56pm

It depends on where the soreness is but the least uncomfortable saddle* Mrs R has found is a Selle SMP TRK Saddle fortunately now quite cheap:

http://www.bikeplus.co.uk/cgi-bin/quikstore.pl?category=Saddles_Selle_SMP&and=1

Previous saddle was a Butterfly but this chafed on the inner thigh.

* we're still looking for saddle Nirvana

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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby byegad » 1 Aug 2010, 6:59pm

My wife uses a Specialized Body Geometry saddle. After getting one or her folder she ordered another for her Hybrid.
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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby cotterpin » 1 Aug 2010, 10:24pm

Hi Gail
My ex had the same problem,which she solved by buying a "Terry Liberator". I still have the saddle, and you would be more than welcome to try it as i have no need for it anymore.
If you are interested please email me at mabraid@gmail (dot )com and i will forward pics.

mark

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bikes4two
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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby bikes4two » 2 Aug 2010, 5:30am

Our custom built tandem was supplied by MSG Bikes in west sussex who were extremely thorough in their choice of components, including a a 'sit-bone' measurment for my lady stoker. The saddle provided was an SQLab 602 which comes in various sizes to suit. She has other saddles on other bikes but prefers the 602 out of them all but not having NOT tried those mention previously in this thread, a comparison can't be made.

I subsequently bought one for my own use and it is my most comfortable saddle to date. They are not cheap (£70 ish) but I got mine for £9 off eBay (amazing).

This link takes you to the German site and provides some background reading http://www.sq-lab.com/content/blogcateg ... 9/lang,en/

If you are near MSG Bikes why not pop in to discuss - or give them a ring: Shelagh is a tandem cyclist herself and Alastair is an absolute mine of knowledge on all things.
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horizon
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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby horizon » 2 Aug 2010, 10:09am

gadair149 wrote: I have a suspension seatpin which helps a bit, and a Ladies Turbo saddle which I have used loads on my mountain bike, but I am still getting sore quite quickly.


Gail: could you just confirm that you are using this saddle on the tandem as well i.e. swapping it over? If "yes" or "no" it makes a big difference, I would suggest, to what folks may recommend.
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Re: Good saddle for female stoker comfort!

Postby Winkeladvokat » 2 Aug 2010, 2:13pm

Russell wrote:It depends on where the soreness is but the least uncomfortable saddle* Mrs R has found is a Selle SMP TRK Saddle fortunately now quite cheap:


+1 This has solved my partner's problems competely. Although she ended up with the narrower men's version - the women's was too wide. Well worth trying, particularly at that price.