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Generally you will find, for getting started a gel seat may help. As do padded shorts. However, once you ride regularly, and build some muscle and tolerance around your sit bones, you will find it annoying. So it is a good gateway drug to getting used to a saddle. Generally people find that narrower and simpler seats are more comfortable, once you start ...


It can take a few weeks to get used to a new saddle, or other components, but if adjusted properly they should be 'uncomfortable', not 'freaking hurts' painful. When it comes to saddles, even after a professional fit you may need to make adjustments at home. Using a grease pencil or other means of marking the position you can start by doing two things ...


Gel saddles are quite comfortable when new. Unfortunately, the gel tends to get displaced over time, so the comfy-ness tends to not last. However, as geoffc pointed out, these saddles are good introductory saddles for new riders.


I think saddle choice is largely down to personal preference, if it works for her she should keep it.


This question was answered by a suggestion to slide the saddle forwards on the seat post. You could give that a try. I doubt you'll get used to an existing, uncomfortable saddle position. I don't think that part of your anatomy will 'toughen up'.


I think most of the current gel seats are worthless -- like too many bikes these days, built to sell, not to ride on. There used to be the old TushCush/HydroSeat sold by Nat Calvert that was pretty good (it was a bladder and leather cover for a standard seat), but he sold the business to someone else who ran it into the ground.

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