I finally invested in a new women's specific saddle. I went to my local bike shop and picked up a Bontrager inFormR WSD. The saddle cost me $75 so I was really hoping it would make a difference. I did feel better knowing it has a 90 day comfort guarantee, so if I don't like it I can return it within 90 days with no questions asked.
This saddle also comes in 3 different sizes so I measured my bum at the shop by sitting on a measurement scale that changes colors where your sit bones have the most pressure which allows them to see how wide you need the saddle to be. I guess I have an averaged size bum because I needed a 150mm and the sizes are 140mm, 150mm and 160mm (the standard (men's) seat which I was using before is 130mm).
The woman's specific design is wider in the back and has a shorter nose. The inFormR WSD product details:
- Rear curvature is carefully modified between saddle widths to provide correct support to the rider's sit bones
- Three curvature (or width) options provide support for different skeletal structures and a customized fit
- WSD saddles are designed to better fit a woman's skeletal structure
- Gender specific CRZ relieves pressure on soft tissue
In other words, all these features help stop your vaj-jay-jay from going numb.
Here is a comparison of the two saddles side-by-side. My new saddle (in the front) has a wider rear and a shorter nose.
This is a closeup of the two saddles. Can you see the awesome dent in mine? It helped to relieve a lot of the pressure!
I had the opportunity to test out my new saddle this morning on the Bronx River Parkway. Now typically you couldn't bike on the the Bronx River Parkway, but on summer Sunday's Westchester County has "Bicycle Sunday's" and closes and 6.5 mile stretch of the parkway for walkers, joggers and cyclists. This is the second time we've taken advantage of this and it really is a great, traffic-free ride. I did two loops for a total of 26 miles. I had similar times on booth loops; each loop took me about 45ish minutes and I held a 17mph average.