Classic & Vintage - Saddle question for 1987 Panasonic DX5000
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02-10-09, 05:41 PM
I just bought a Panasonic DX5000 but it does not have a seat. Does any one know what was the stock saddle? Or have suggestions about what kind of saddle I should put on it.
02-10-09, 05:52 PM
I don't know what was stock, but assuming you plan to ride it, the correct answer is "whatever makes you comfortable." A Brooks would be fine, or a Rolls, Concor, Flite, etc.
02-10-09, 07:45 PM
Yowza! Nice get. I love the paint on that 5000. If you get sick of it let me know...
I'd go with a white Turbo, Rolls or Regal. Any of those on Ebay will probably cost you near what you paid for the bike though.
02-10-09, 07:54 PM
Selle Italia Mundialita with Sugino SP-KCL seat post.
I've got the next model up (which, no offense, is much rarer - yours is still quite rare, and Panny's are undervalued) and came with a Selle Italia Turbo and Sugino SP-KC seatpost at 27.2mm. I don't know if there is any difference in the seat tube of the 5k and 6k, but I figured it helps to know.
If it rides anything like mine, you'll love it.
Those brake hoods will clean up quite well with WD-40
02-10-09, 09:53 PM
My 2 cents:
1-Fit, Fit, Fit. A properly fit bike, which includes the saddle position, can make even some pretty rough saddles feel OK. Then you can switch to your preferred saddle and feel simply great.
2-Understand what the saddle is going to do. Hold your upright self on a longish ride? Keep you on the pedals and tucked for the criterium? Some saddles are for sitting on; others simply keep the seat tube out of your "immediate vicinity." That has a lot to do with what saddle you may want.
3-Prioritize. Only three parts of your body touch the bike, so your bars, saddle, and pedals should be something you give some thought, not simply adding a component.
4-Experiment. Once the bike is fit, try a couple of saddles, and fine-tune the adjustment to see if you can get it better. Amani576 above has a lot different saddle on his bike than the Turbo it came with, but I like his present saddle.
5-Ask around. I have a friend who only rides Specialized BG, another who only rides Brooks B-17's, and another who has little problem with the better offerings from the mid-80's. I have no real preference, just light and small and out of my way.
02-10-09, 10:01 PM
Amani576 above has a lot different saddle on his bike than the Turbo it came with, but I like his present saddle.
You want it? I hate it, it's too heavily padded for my tastes. I ordered a new (white) one tonight.
02-11-09, 08:46 PM
so i just procured a selle italia turbo in black. would anyone who has a white one like to trade? i think the white would look better, especially since I have white brake hoods and rasta colored bar tape.
02-11-09, 08:56 PM
I know that this forum member has one that I almost traded for (Iowegian):
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