Thursday, August 26, 2010

Saddle Swap

I was supposed to swim tonight, but my wife ended up having to work late.  So Ian was in my charge and we had time on our hands.  First we went to the park so he could have some fun with the neighborhood kids.  Then it was my turn to have fun, so we headed over to Surf City Cyclery.

 Specialized Romin

I've been meaning to do a saddle swap between my bikes for awhile.  I've been using a Specialized Romin saddle on my Bianchi road bike, which I love.  But it's a little long (270mm) and quite stiff, so I wanted to switch it over to my Specialized TT bike, which still has the standard factory saddle on it.  I figure that since my position on the saddle is more forward in the aero position, the extra length would be a benefit.  On the Bianchi, I wanted a saddle with more padding.  So I did some research and decided to go with the Fizik Aliante K:ium.

The Aliante is the same width as the Romin - 142mm (The Romin is actually 143mm), but it's also a little shorter (265mm).  The reason I like the Romin so much is because the width is perfect for me and the cut out down the center-line makes a huge difference in terms of comfort and pressure on my backside.  Instead of a cut out, the Fizik has a 4 or 5mm deep center channel.  It is also quite a bit more plush, though not that much heavier - 238 grams to 208 grams for the Romin.


Fizik Aliante K:ium

I just finished installing it and will give it a whirl in the morning.  The Fizik makes sense on paper (and felt good when I rode a mile or two around the neighborhood), but just in case, I wrapped electric tape around the rails so they don't get scratched up by the clamp.  That way I can return it if I need to.

We shall see....

9 comments:

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Yay new gear and the boys each getting some fun! Heard good things about the Fizik saddles though I'm still leaning towards an Adamo.

Jennifer said...

Good luck with that. I just noticed a huge tear on the seam of my saddle and now have to start thing about a new one. Mmm, so many choices...

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

The perfect seat is hard to come by but when you do, it's heavenly. I think the longer seat on your tri bike makes sense. Hopefully once you get a longer ride in, you can confirm that. I have a Fizik (can't remember exact model) that came standard on my C-dale System 6and I lOVE IT!

TRI-james said...

More padding? You must develop the Iron Crotch, grasshopper. Become one with the seat.

skierz said...

Hope the new ride is good to your boys!

The Green Girl said...

Good luck with the new seat. I tried riding a bike once last year and the crotch pain was so bad that I wrote it off completely for quite awhile. Now that the memory is getting a little less vivid I may try again. In a few years. Maybe.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I hope you like your new saddle! It's so nice when you find one that works!

Rad Runner said...

Ive never had nutella, I want some sO bad, I am honestly terrified its going to be so good that i am going to eat it all at once and make me sick, honestly thats why I have never bought the damn stuff! Great job on the miles!

Cynthia O'H said...

I've had the same saddle for years (don't ask me what kind because I can't tell you). Love it - when the bike goes, it stays.

Good luck with yours.

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