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my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles?

Postby iamkickstand » May 30th, 2013, 4:13 pm

I know saddles come down to personal preference.

I know the shop in milford does the rent a seat thing. I don't want to do that.

What I want is the specialized saddle butt measurement thing. Which shops measure your sit bones? I beleive that my current seat is too narrow.

I used to be able to ride a 2x4, but this season something has changed and my ultra slim ultra hard non supportive seat just isn't cutting the mustard anymore.
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby xcrdr » May 30th, 2013, 4:19 pm

Central Park in Okemos has them. Doesn't do you much good unless you are in the Lansing/Okemos area. I had good luck measuring and using a saddle that fits my ass bones.
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Postby ColorVoyeur » May 30th, 2013, 4:24 pm

This doesn't coincide with you casing jumps, does it?
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Postby iamkickstand » May 30th, 2013, 4:32 pm

ColorVoyeur wrote:This doesn't coincide with you casing jumps, does it?

:mrgreen: No you big mean dummy head, I can't recall the last time I actually sat on the saddle of that bike.

This is for my XC bike.

Thanks xcdr, probably not a terrible option if necessary, okemos is only 45 minutes away.
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Postby abbeytrails » May 30th, 2013, 4:34 pm

Cycletherapy in Waterford or Walled Lake should be able to help you...Pretty sure they have the Specialized Ass-O-Meter
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby ColorVoyeur » May 30th, 2013, 4:37 pm

++ for Cycletherapy

Not sure all their fit services are available at Walled Lake, but they might have the Ass-O-Meter.
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby c0nsumer » May 30th, 2013, 4:46 pm

A third for any Specialized shop. Cycletherepy or Fraser.

Trek shops also have a similar meter, but I personally have a fondness for Specialized saddles, and they seem to be made in enough sizes and variety to fit many peoples, so I'd stick with them.
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby iamkickstand » May 30th, 2013, 4:53 pm

c0nsumer wrote:A third for any Specialized shop. Cycletherepy or Fraser.

Trek shops also have a similar meter, but I personally have a fondness for Specialized saddles, and they seem to be made in enough sizes and variety to fit many peoples, so I'd stick with them.

Fiance really likes her specialized saddle, as did 300hp when I talked to him today about it, so I want to stick with that idea and I figure if I can tolerate the saddles I have ridden for years a specialized that matches the ass - o - meter should do the trick handily.
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Postby c0nsumer » May 30th, 2013, 4:58 pm

iamkickstand wrote:
c0nsumer wrote:A third for any Specialized shop. Cycletherepy or Fraser.

Trek shops also have a similar meter, but I personally have a fondness for Specialized saddles, and they seem to be made in enough sizes and variety to fit many peoples, so I'd stick with them.

Fiance really likes her specialized saddle, as did 300hp when I talked to him today about it, so I want to stick with that idea and I figure if I can tolerate the saddles I have ridden for years a specialized that matches the ass - o - meter should do the trick handily.


For what it's worth, you can do the measuring yourself, then use the recommended width to compare to other brands as well. I did it using some cheap cardboard and a metal plate, and I've also heard of it being done using aluminum foil, thin carpet, and a hard surface. I've got the sitbone spacing measurement to Specialized saddle width recommendations here, and 2.5 years on from this I continue to be very comfortable on the width recommended, a 143mm Specialzed Phenom.
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby bikerector » May 30th, 2013, 5:38 pm

You could just pedal harder and lose weight to reduce the amount of force exerted on the saddle.

In seriousness, I feel like you could do the measurement easy enough yourself. I think there are a bunch of different ways to do it, just need something to give a lasting butt impression.

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Postby berto2cj » May 30th, 2013, 6:46 pm

Cycletherapy. Call ahead - depends who's working but a butt fitting is fairly easy for all to do. They also have demo saddles so you can try before buying b
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby iamkickstand » May 30th, 2013, 9:00 pm

Thanks guys, I'd rather just go to a professional butt measurer.



bikerector wrote:You could just pedal harder and lose weight to reduce the amount of force exerted on the saddle.


I lost 25 lbs since last riding season. Increased my cardio quite a bit, and spend a lot of time standing. I know you were half joking, but my butt has definitely changed enough where I think a new saddle will certainly make a difference.
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Postby TheyCallMeBruce » May 30th, 2013, 9:50 pm

iamkickstand wrote:Thanks guys, I'd rather just go to a professional butt measurer.

I lost 25 lbs since last riding season.


iamkickstand wrote: ....my butt has definitely changed enough where I think a new saddle will certainly make a difference.


Coincidence? Where did you lose the 25 lbs?

Seriously, ++ on Cycletherapy for the AssOMeter. Also I have seen similar ones by Bontrager at Trek dealers. I measured close to 140 on both, but surprisingly am pretty comfy on a 126 mm WTB Rocket. Maybe their saddles are measured differently.
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby iamkickstand » May 31st, 2013, 8:58 am

I am not sure it's a coincidence, but I have a feeling the loss of weight and my cute little bubble butt changing are likely related. :mrgreen:
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Re: my butt hurts, what shop does butt measuring for saddles

Postby Roy » May 31st, 2013, 5:43 pm

Lose all the weight you can want, your hip bones will not change.
For maximum comfort, load your weight to the saddle with the Ischium centered on the saddle pads.
The point of this butt measurement is to measure the span between the centers of the Ischium.
In theory, loading flesh in compression is more comfortable then loading flesh in shear.
But theory isn't always real life, so:
Lets hear from some long distance riders who put in a lot of saddle time.
Does anyone ride a hard leather Brooks saddle? rate it's comfort

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