- 150-155mm wide in the butt-zone
- VERY T-shaped (as opposed to pear-shaped...which is relatively more common in women's saddles)
- firm -- minimal padding
- flat (ie not domed from side-to-side)
- white (so as not to get hot when under the Death Valley sun)
- long-ish, narrow nose
- cut-out (if the girl-bits ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!)
I have definitely learned that the Specialized recommendation for me to be on a 143mm saddle with my 130mm sit bones is off. It's no wonder I would end up shifting to sit a half-inch to the left-of-center (kinda like my politics, heh). There is slight compression on the edge of my Jett 143 saddle on that side, where that sit-bone was sliding off to one side.
I'm hoping this saddle arrives in time for me to get in 1-2 short rides before Saturday. If the overall fit is good I will use it for the ODRAM ride. Then the worst issue I am likely to encounter is sore sit-bones...which is pretty much a given by the end of a ~150 mile ride, right?
I'm really loving my new road pedals and shoes...especially after I discovered that squirting some light lubricant (like WD-40) into the guts of the pedals made them release MUCH easier (even on the very loosest resistance setting). Every stop before that was hairy-scary. By the last quarter of last weekend's century I felt it was pretty much a given that I'd not be able to unclip my left foot at some point, especially as that leg/hip/ankle started tiring from the torque required to unclip. Right around the 90 mile marker my suspicion was confirmed. I still have a dark bruise on my left hip and a scabby knee to show for it. First fall on my new road bike...took almost 2600 miles to take that fall.
Hopefully the pedals will loosen in time. If not I need to make a point to spray lube into the mechanism as-needed.
The larger pedal surface has made such a marked improvement in my foot comfort on these long rides...though the shoes are a little trickier to walk in....not that I do a ton of walking in cycling shoes.
Speaking of traveling on-foot in cycling shoes, it's less than a month until the first Kisscross cyclocross race of the season...I feel sorta sick to my stomach just thinking about it. I did my first "crit" closed-track race a few days ago. It went OK. There were only 4 of us on the track...one of whom is an opportunistic B-race cherry-picker who has no place in the C field (last week she hung on my hubby's wheel, then out-sprinted him to the finish...this past week she did the same to me for over a lap, then finished way ahead of me and 1 other rider. A young guy hung on her wheel to the finish...not how criteriums are supposed to go down, at all). I took 3rd, for $5. Woot! It gave me a bit of a taste of the effort level of cyclocross...though one of those races will take about 30 minutes and the Weds. race took about half that long for 3 laps. 'Cross is gonna hurt. A lot. But it will be fun. And there will be beer. And prizes are awarded by raffle/lottery, not placement. So I can win cool swag...and beer.