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I have recently completed my first season as a triathlete, and I have thoroughly enjoyed it all. I mainly did sprints, but also completed two olympic distance events. As a requirement for any triathlete, a certain amount of time in the saddle is expected. It's all good and proper if you get on with your saddle. However, if your relationship with your saddle has become somewhat strained and you seem to rub each other the wrong way - what to do? (sorry I'll stop the puns now).
As far as I am aware, lots of us struggle with chafing and even numbess in certain areas. It is not something that is excruciating but enough to make me feel that I could do without the discomfort. I notice this more when in Aero position - it can actually be quite painful in around the 'nads.
I saw at a race recently someone with a very minimal saddle. It looked like two ice cream sticks next to each other. Since then I have found out that this particular saddle is a Dash Tri 7 saddle. I would love to order one, but the only problem is that it costs £465 + shipping + import duties - Let's face it, I baulk at being asked to cough up around £300 for a saddle (I could almost buy a set of wheels for that). I know they do a trial programme, yet there would still be the added costs of shipping and duties to be paid. The reasons why a noseless saddle might be a good idea are to me purely anatomical, as the best contact points between the saddle and the body are the ischial tuberosities (sitting bones) not the soft bits between those and the pubic symphysis, where the nose of the saddle tends to dig into. The argument about reduced handling is relatively arbitrary with TT bikes, as there is relatively little requirement to weave around sharp bends like you would on a mountain bike.
My question is, that has someone come across something similar but more credit card friendly? Are there any other manufacturers out there who make these? If not, does anyone know a carbon fibre artisan (not sure what they are called) who could make me one?
looking forward to the torrent of helpful answers and/or botty related puns and bad jokes.