Dave W wrote:Thanks, couple of good replies there. Shouldn't have had my tea on one of them
Posterior doesn't seem to be a problem, I think it's the nose of the saddle - tilt it down and she slides forward and complains of wrist ache. Tilt it up and it becomes uncomfortable. I can't see the angle she rides at 'cos I'm the captain. Maybe I'll get a charge Ladle for her to try or borrow a test saddle from the spesh shop.
That is a really common problem. I have had it with my road bike. I can make a couple of suggestions.
Some women with this problem find that the saddles with cut-outs, or at least a little more room where the soft bits go, are more comfortable. I certainly do, and it's one of things that helps me like my Serfas saddles. Other things to consider are a noseless saddle or a Specialized that is fitted; they measure the sit bones (I haven't had this done, but I understand that one sits upon a sensitive mat), and recommend a saddle by width.
How upright a bike is can make a huge difference to this problem, and if you can't fix it with the saddle, the solution may be to try alternative handle bars or another way to change the handle bar / saddle relationship so that she can sit more upright. On my hybrid, I can ride on almost any saddle. I currently have a £20 Halfords 'ergonomic' saddle on it. On my road bike, however, the only saddle that is comfortable is my Serfas, and I have tried a Brooks and a leather San Marco on there (among others).