Hope to find some help for my partner in her hunt for the “perfect” saddle…if there is such a thing.
So I got her into cycling in June 2017, bought her a Hybrid and asked her to join me riding, she hadn’t ridden a bike since childhood. I had been an avid cyclist but through the preceding years, going through divorce and depression I hadn’t ridden in a couple of years and had gained a bunch of weight. Anyway she pretty instantly took to cycling and outgrew the low end hybrid so I bought her a Specialized Ruby and we got out in the road. Had her fully kitted up, proper shorts, tried several saddles until we (she) settled on the Specialized Power 155. As the days got shorter, darker and colder we moved indoors and started riding on Zwift, we did hours and hours and like 2.5k virtual miles in the winter 17/18. Spring came and we went back outside. Late summer 2018 she tells me she’s had an appointment with a urologist who told her that her saddle was causing her issues.
Excuse me? What issue? She had ridden for nearly a full year, thousands of miles and now I’m hearing there’s an issue?
Apparently she’s had an issue that started shortly after we started riding…but she didn’t want to “bother” me with it. Maybe (probably) she was embarrassed by it so she didn’t say anything. Basically any time she’s on the bike she feels the urge to urinate.
So now we are looking for saddles again. We’ve tried 3-4 other’s since late summer and just aren’t finding the solution from the Specialized lineup and have also tried some Terry saddles. First the Butterfly which she hated and more recently the Liberator X Gel on her trainer which she felt was better than the Specialized Jett 155. Her Ruby (bike) currently has a Ruby 155 (saddle) on it, but previously had the Power 155 and the Myth 155 (Myth is the new version of the Jett which is no longer sold). But she only did like 3 rides on the Ruby (saddle) before winter hit and we came inside.
So she’s still looking at saddles and was wondering about the ISM saddles. No shops in our town stock them so to demo would be through the ISM demo program and we’d like to have some clue where to start. She’s 5’7", 160 lbs and Specialized has her in a 155 width saddle. She’s tried the 168 width and hated it, said it was much worse than the same saddle in 155. But ISM has all these different shapes and not a lot of width choice, but I’ve heard they aren’t designed to be fit like other saddles as they support you differently.
TL/DR: Does anyone have any insight on which ISM saddle might be worth a try? WIll be used for endurance road riding and some road racing.
Edit: yes she’s had a fitting…and a refitting back in 2017. We are working on getting a new full fitting scheduled to make sure any changes needed given a year, lots of miles and her weight loss (didn’t mention that but she’s like like 50 lbs over this time).