Biking, in some shape or another, has always been a part of my life. I started out riding the big wheel around in circles on the little cement portion of the driveway when I was younger. I tore up that driveway. Power slides, burning rubber (probably more plastic than rubber), and, of course, going super fast:
Sadly, I out grew this speed machine and moved on to something a little bigger and with one less wheel. I got my first bike and learned to ride it without training wheels. Just a little guidance from my dad and… off I went. However, I can remember 12 mile round trip for breakfast a few times a year as a tradition with my family. These were my longest rides. Getting off the bike felt so good to relieve that saddle soreness.
Eventually high school rolled around. I was known for riding my bike to school and work when everyone else that could drive took advantage of their four wheels. Not me… I preferred two wheels. By the middle of my junior year, I finally decided it was time for a real road bike. I had no clue what I was looking at, and bought one off the internet (big mistake). I rode that thing in my first triathlon and for my first three years of racing. I’m not sure what saddle was on there, but believe me… it wasn’t very comfortable.
Fast forward to college. I finally broke down and bought a TT bike for triathlons. I had a Selle Italia Gel Flow saddle on it. It was fine for shorter rides, but when I started doing 70.3 and 140.6 races, the long miles on that saddle really hurt. By my Senior year at college I got my first really nice bike. It was a huge step up from what I was riding at the time. The saddle that came with it was a Fizik saddle. It didn’t take me very many miles (less than 20 on my first outdoor ride) to know that this bike saddle was one of the worst that I have ever been on. My plastic big wheel seat from my toddler years was more comfortable that this thing! Unfortunately, I was a poor college student and decided to just man up and deal with it.
After moving to Louisville, I was connected with a new triathlon store called VO2 Multisport. They suggested I try using a John Cobb saddle. The most popular one they sold was the V-flow Plus. They put it on the bike I was getting and I immediately knew this was the saddle. Every saddle I had before this wasn’t very comfortable to start with, and over time either my body got used to it or the saddle broke in a little bit and it became tolerable. But Cobb’s saddle was on a whole new level that the rest of the saddles I tried. I used that saddle until I wore it out (probably over 20,000 miles on it). When time came to buy another one, I didn’t even bother looking at another brand. I knew Cobb’s saddles were the best for several reasons. I never got saddle sore while riding… even during a race with minimal padding in the tri shorts.
John Cobb has lots of information on their website about their saddles, but here are a couple images to help you decide which one may be the best one for you:
They also have a new saddle called “Fifty-Five JOF (just off front)” that isn’t on these charts. For more information straight from John Cobb himself about this product, click here.
When ordering your saddle, remember that you can save 5% on your saddle and receive free ground shipping by using the coupon code “MavMike” at checkout.