> > It seems like all the racing saddles are much more narrow on
> > the back end than the touring models. What's the reason?
> > Is it for weight saving? Is there a difference in pedalling
> > technique(s) when you race that require this narrowness?
> To me the question is why touring saddles are so wide (maybe
> I have never been on an extended tour.) With a wide saddle, I feel
> as if I'm sitting on top of the bike. With a narrow saddle, I feel
> as if the bike is a part of me. I find narrow saddles much more
> comfortable and secure.
I must agree, although I'm sure it depends on the rider. I went into
a bike shop looking for some trick moneyeating accessory for my
birthday. I immediately was drawn to the Bontrager/San Marco
TI-railed mtn. saddle.
However, it looked even smaller than my current racing saddle, so I
asked if anyone at the store had experience with it. They told me
"Scott" had one and loved it, and they'd go find him to tell me about
it. I expected "Scott" to be some aggro, superfit guy who wouldn't
care if he sat on the seatpost. Actually, he was somewhat overweight
and had the "Baby Huey" bowling-pin physique, and he told me it was
the best seat he'd ever had. If it was comfortable for him, I
thought, it should be for anyone.
I bought it, and he was right--it's the most comfortable seat I've
ever had, on long rides, on bumpy rides, etc. The rear of the saddle
is cut back at the sides, so it's very easy to get behind the saddle
on downhills without lowering the seatpost. It's not heavily padded
(the padding/gel=comfort idea is a total myth, I'm convinced), but it
just happens to fit my pelvic bones right on. I have no discomfort
problems, although to be fair, I rarely did before either.
The m***is: it depends on you. My girlfriend has a special saddle
designed for women, which to my way of thinking is too heavily
padded, but it seems to fit her well. I prefer lightly padded,
narrow seats--like the Bontrager TI.