Hybrid Bicycles - Bike Seats/Saddle Suggestions
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i have a new Trek Montare and its seat is uncomfortable. i want to switch it. i'd like to get a Brooks but there are SO many to choose from. How is one supposed to decide.
I use the bike for mostly fitness/travel/fun but don't just want to sit back on a big cushy comfort seat. the seat comes with the Bontrager Evoke 1.
i don't know much about seats. any suggestions. this is a dual sport hybrid bike with front suspension, 700c. leans forward but semi-upright.
Brooks makes fine saddles. Devotees say they´d never do anything else. But theres lots of different saddles out there, and in this case, looks shouldnt be a key factor - your behind is far too vital! Some bikeshops can lend you a variety of saddles before purchase - ask! Otherwise, borrow saddles (bikes) from friends and do some field test. In my case, certain Selle Italia saddles works outstanding.
08-03-11, 09:35 AM
Remember that riding time and bike shorts can go a long way toward achieving saddle comfort as long as the saddle fit and adjustment is correct. The saddle should support the "sit" bones and not much else. Your saddle should also be fairly level. I've got a Selle San Marco Elba and love it, but they have been discontinued and are hard to find.
Have a read through this link, you may find it helpful.
As EsoxLucius noted, it is important to have your saddle adjusted correctly.
If you want more information on which Brooks would be best suited for your bike / riding position pop them off a note and I think you will find them pretty helpful.
I've had great luck with Planet Bike seats, I forget which model I have but it has the ergonomic cut out and is very comfortable, and it was only $30. Used it for almost a year and it has held up great. Not sure if you can only get these in Canada though... MEC is where I bought mine.
I've owned five different leather saddles (Brooks Imperial B17, Gyes Thames, Tron & Berthet #39, Ideale TB-90, and Brooks B67), and still own the first three. It takes a distance (200+) miles (or way more) to break in a leather saddle, but they can be terrific if they fit you. Behinds and riding styles vary considerably. The first best guide is to take a look at the width of several models you like, and compare to your "sit-bone" width.
I suggest that if you want leather, try to buy "used" on E-Bay (like I did), and work with it for a while. If you don't feel the love for it, then you can sell it to someone who might have a different feeling. I've had no trouble selling the ones that didn't work for me, as a used leather saddle can actually be better than a new one.
I have two Brooks, a B17 standard and a Swift. The B17 was originally bought for my fixie which I sold, but kept the Brooks, I attached the F:zak that was on my road bike and sold off those two, and bought a Swift for the road.
I love my Brooks, and when I sell off my current rides, I'll probably find some cheap saddle to put on those bikes to sell off.
The B17 standard is probably the saddle you want for your bike. It's their entry model, and probably the one that everybody else gets.
You could try getting it used, but I suggest finding one that hasn't been broken in yet, a broken in saddle is broken in for somebody else's behind. I just don't think it would feel "right" when starting.
08-22-11, 07:44 PM
Any one know anything about either of these; Nashbar Men's Sport Saddle (https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10053&catalogId=10052&productId=175286) or Terry Men's Cite Y Gel Saddle (https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10053&catalogId=10052&productId=524740). I ride 20 to 35 miles a day with the intent of riding 50 or more. The terry would be my choice for my trek 720 and the Nashbar for the Specialized crossroads cruz (yep really old bikes; both are circa 1990-1995). The trek is my bike and the specialized, which was my first LBS bike, will be used by my eleven year old son till we see exactly how much he rides. The other seat I am looking at is Forté Men's Softail Saddle (http://www.performancebike.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10052&catalogId=10551&productId=1075364&summaryOnly=true) for both. Good? bad?
I'm using the same saddle as you, the Evoke 1 and find it quite comfortable.
I'm all in favour of getting new stuff so go for a new saddle if it strikes you but..
Comfort is 50% the right saddle and 50% having your rear end conditioned to be on a saddle. You may be surprised how good your current Evoke feels in a few hundred kilometers.
I use a Selle Italia on my bike - it did wonders for my bum.
When I added a stem riser to my bike and got the handlebars just above seat level, I installed a Brooks B-17. I find them comfortable out of the box and they are breathable compared to vinyl over plastic.
08-23-11, 06:39 AM
Some bikeshops can lend you a variety of saddles before purchase - ask! Otherwise, borrow saddles (bikes) from friends and do some field test.
This is good advice. Pay attention to width and overall shape when testing. I've found that my body prefers a flat saddle. The Bontrager saddle that came w/my Hifi Pro some years ago had a rounded profile. It hurt. I gave it away to some kid who needed a saddle for his BMX bike. (They never sit anyway). Flat works for me. Rounded hurts. Your body might be different. It's worth experimenting.
There are different widths too. It's important to get a width that encompasses your sit bones.
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