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Finding the right saddle for your bike can be frustrating and confusing. Although its commonly said that you should buy from your LBS so you can try the seats out, good luck. Most shops have very few test saddles and even fewer in the more expensive brands. Even if they carry a premium brand they probably only have one of the dozen or so different models. Also, it really takes several rides to decide on how the saddle fits. Here's why I went for the Selle SMP Glider.
When I ride I want the best protection (down there) that I can get. After weeks of searching web reviews I decided the Selle SMP Glider sounded perfect for me. It has slightly more high density foam than average, but it's not a sofa. It's narrow and relatively light, and looks great. My sit-bones (measured scientifically by sitting on corrugated cardboard and measuring the distance between the impressions) is a little over 100mm. The Glider is 136mm which should be about perfect. But I was worried since my cheap old saddle was 150mm, very firm, but very comfortable. The only reason I bought a new saddle was that my old seat had NO cut-away for protection from sensitive part injury.
I mounted my new seat using carpenters level to make sure it was flat (plenty of directions online), put it in the same relative position (nose to handlebars) as my previous seat and went for a 40-mile ride. Immediately I felt like I had made a mistake. I was very aware of weight on my sit bones after a few minutes. But after about 20 miles I barely noticed the saddle. A couple of days later I went out for a 51-mile ride. After another 20 miles or so I realized that I hadn't thought about the seat at all-it was incredibly comfortable and really helped my seated climbs due to the firm high density foam and the support it offered.
My old seat had been distributing my 195 pound 6'3 frame across my entire rear end, including a fair amount of weight on my crouch. An ergonomically-correct saddle like the Selle SMP Glider puts the weight mostly on your sit bones. You adjust quickly but it's quite different at first. You really realize how much of your ride had been supported in the WRONG place with a low quality saddle.
The SMP Glider is simply the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. And the prices and service at BTD are outstanding. The only downside of this seat is that you may get tired of other riders seeking you out to tell you this was the saddle they wish they could get.
So the big take-away for me is-you have to put some miles on a quality saddle before you can tell if it fits. One test ride won't do it. If you're a guy, spend some money on a saddle that protects your sensitive areas.
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