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I slowed on my cycling recently (it's cold and wet in Texas), and started having some back pain, after every ride. Never really had it before. Stressed feeling sure but nothing ever out right debilitating. I finally gave up and at the request of my wife went and saw the Dr. He referred me to a sports medicine specialist who's first question about my bike was whether I had a tiny seat. Long story short sitting on nerves. I have switched to a padded seat and it's huge but we'll see how it works. If I start feeling better I might be on more. I had trouble finding them in my lbs. They had covers but no real seats. I was thinking about finding an old bike with those spring loaded seats but I don't know how much better it would be.

Has any one used a padded seat before? It's neat but I think you get what you pay for. Who even manufacturers padded seats that would be considered a quality manufacturer of bike stuff?
 

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I was sitting on a nerve. Something about veins and arteries that was leading to possibly reduced circulation? I would have to ask the wife she's the one who listens.
 

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Me too but that doesn't mean I want one. I tried one of the cheaper ones and it helps but I was hoping one of the bigger companies made one.
 

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That's what I was thinking of. Those are nice looking seats. Thanks Mootsguy. I found some with recessed padding and gel reinforcement. Not my cup of tea.
 

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That's what I was thinking of. Those are nice looking seats. Thanks Mootsguy. I found some with recessed padding and gel reinforcement. Not my cup of tea.
You might also want to do some shopping for a suspension seatpost. USE makes them, Rock Shock makes them, Cane Creek makes them in both short travel and long travel versions.
 

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You might also want to do some shopping for a suspension seatpost. USE makes them, Rock Shock makes them, Cane Creek makes them in both short travel and long travel versions.
Thudbuster is another brand people have recommended.

Personally, I chose to change to a completely different type of seat.............
 

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Thudbuster is another brand people have recommended.
With apologies for being a bit nit picky here, Thudbuster is a model offered by Cane Creek. Besides what do you care anyway --- :)
 

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With apologies for being a bit nit picky here, Thudbuster is a model offered by Cane Creek. Besides what do you care anyway --- :)
Don't need one personally, of course, but why not help out another cyclist?
 

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funetical, this might not be the advice anyone wants to hear but losing all the body weight you can for your height goes a long way toward eliminating seat pain. That and using a seat that separates in the middle and isolates your "sit" bones. Keeping weight off your central taint area is essential. That and being light of body mass. Also try moving the seat a tad forward to put you more on your toes while pedaling. The very act of pedaling should unweight your bum to a fair degree. I weigh 160 pounds and put no more than 32 pounds on my seat at any time while actually riding. This by actual measure while being fitted to my bikes. Figure 20% hands, 20% bum 60% on the pedals. These are the ideal weight distribution numbers if your bike is of the drop handlebar style and set up correctly. Numb bums should not happen.
 

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funetical, this might not be the advice anyone wants to hear but losing all the body weight you can for your height goes a long way toward eliminating seat pain.
Isn't that a bit presumptive on your part? --- ;)
 

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Isn't that a bit presumptive on your part? --- ;)
I was as gentle as possible. Reminds me of the time my brother queried an expectant woman on the train when her blessed moment was to occur.

Turns out she probably had bike seat induced pain too. No baby, just a lard ass. My brother never comments to strange women anymore. (what an embarrassing scene)
 

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No it's cool I'm fat. I think I've said it before. I'm 6'2" and weigh right at 200. The other downside is I have Hank Hill syndrome and have no real butt to speak of. Thanks for the advice on that Ian. I'm still looking for padded seats but I'm going to try out your suggestions.

The unfortunate side to being my size (I'm also pretty wide) is that if I drop below 200 I look sick. People start asking me questions(Do I have Cancer? Am I on Meth?)... It sucks.
 

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What about a different Doctor? I've tried a basement full of saddles and in my experience there is no corellation between thicker padding and comfort in fact if anything the opposite is true. Puffy saddles end up getting pushed into places where you don't want any part of the saddle to be. There are lots of designs with all types of cut outs to prevent pressure on nerves and blood vessels. Check out the Selle SMP line. They are pricey but many swear by them. Finding the right saddle just for you is a quest. What works for one is torture for the other guy. Don't buy without trying first, many shops have a demo program.
Back pain is usually associated with your sitting position and your conditioning... saddles usually affect the private bits and legs/feet... not the back???
 

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If we examine your riding technique in your avatar photo we can see a lot of curvature of the spine. Straighten up that back... there's yer problem! :D:thumbsup:
 

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What about a different Doctor? I've tried a basement full of saddles and in my experience there is no corellation between thicker padding and comfort in fact if anything the opposite is true. Puffy saddles end up getting pushed into places where you don't want any part of the saddle to be. There are lots of designs with all types of cut outs to prevent pressure on nerves and blood vessels. Check out the Selle SMP line. They are pricey but many swear by them. Finding the right saddle just for you is a quest. What works for one is torture for the other guy. Don't buy without trying first, many shops have a demo program.
Back pain is usually associated with your sitting position and your conditioning... saddles usually affect the private bits and legs/feet... not the back???
He talked about differed pain. Pain in the ass can make a pain in the back and vice versa. He looked at my shoes and everything. If it continues much longer I will defiantly get a second opinion. I thought about my position and my Avatar isn't to far off! I'll see what I can do about correcting it.

It raises an interesting point though. Maybe my Doc is in the bottom 10% of his graduating class and doesn't know what the hell he's talking about?
 
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