About a year ago, I had crotch numbness. Figured I want an “open saddle”. So my LBS fitted me a Pro Stealth saddle. They measured the width I needed, which turns out to be the widest. Indeed, I have wide butt and my sitbones are relatively far apart. I look more like somebody who trains legs very often (weighing 80 kilo’s, heavy boned but only 10% fat), more than a “tiny compact” person who climbs mountains all days.
EDIT: I should note that when my saddle was changed, I also had a bike fit BEFORE and AFTER that. BEFORE, it revealed I had a pressure spot on the left, and that I needed a wider saddle AND a spacer on my cleats (had minor knee injury, left leg bit shorter or hip a bit higher than right). AFTER new saddle, pressure spot was gone, and distribution initially looked even on my new saddle.
Last 6 months, I have been dealing with a serious saddle sore that always comes back in the exact same spot. And that is where my left sit bone touches one of the support bars under the saddle. That is, the point where the saddle start folding downwards. I have never had this with my previous saddle, which I have had for over 10 years.
Training has not been fun for the last month because of it. It is driving me insane and I do not know what to do. But since training is all about persistence and perceived exertion, I just pushed through. I just wanted to get that power down. But this is really becoming too much for me to bear.
Also, I noticed that newer bibs have smaller/narrower padding, often just on the line of where the saddle sore is.
So I have three questions:
(1) Any tips generally?
(2) What saddle (brand) would you recommend for men with wide hips / butt / sit bones.
(3) What kind of bibs would you recommend? I am almost thinking just buy the right Assos just to see how a great bib “should feel” and buy more affordable ones after that.