Touring - Is this a good saddle choice for a touring hybrid?
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In my never ending search to find a good biycyle saddle, i have come across the Selle Royal Drifter Cruiser Saddle.
Would this be compatible with a specialized crossroads hybrid and a energetic rider who likes to go full throttle once in a while?
or would a racing saddle be good with that?
12-22-09, 11:19 PM
One of the things that seems to influence saddle choice is how upright you sit on the bike. If your bars are postitioned more than 3-4 inches above the saddle and you sit very upright, a wide saddle like that may work for you. If you have your bars even with or 1-2 inches up a medium width saddle like the Brooks B17 or Selle Royal Respiro Moderate. More aggressive riding you may want to go thinner still, such as the Brooks B17N or Sell Royal Respiro Athletic. Very narrow saddles tend to do best with very aggressive seating positions, when a lot of you weight is actually being supported by your arms and legs.
Lots of variables, if you ride mostly upright it could work. But it would be awful for the typical road racing posture. If you "go full throttle" infrequently and for relatively short distances then it may be ok. My 2 cents...it's too bulbous. Go with something more conservative...something with little to no gel, but wide enough for your hipbones. This is assuming you'll be wearing padded bike shorts. If there's a LBS nearby that has the Specialized Fit System (http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com/The_Saddle_Fit_System.html), do that. It'll give you a good starting point. Plenty of folks tour with sprung saddles but I suspect more go without springs. What saddles have you tried?
12-23-09, 12:29 AM
That looks too wide and too cushy for my taste. The squish may seem nice now, but ever spent too long sitting in a chair in one position and have your bottom fall asleep? well it's worse on a bike.
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