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    Crawlin' up, flyin' down bikingshearer's Avatar
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    Selle San Marco Rolls. Find 'em on eBay.
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    Specialized Avatar that came with my Roubaix. Real happy with it. Was using a Serfas RX on my previous bike, it was great for rides up to 35 miles, but I'd suffer after that.

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    I should also add that I'm looking for a saddle that will keep going on long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khaosspawn
    I should also add that I'm looking for a saddle that will keep going on long rides.
    By my sig, you can see what I prefer. Especially on very long rides up to centuries. There is no other material available that wicks away sweat as effectively as thick leather hide. I speculate that the main reason for the advent of synthetic saddles was for weight savings. Leather rules on long rides, but you have to be willing to understand the nature of how it forms to you - and be patient. Most of the break-in myth is over blown. The anatomica saddles are very interesting. The main thing for me is that it has to be leather, with no backing or anything that blocks the wicking action. That includes all the salves, unquents, creams and other dunkings that people use to "soften" their saddles. I do use SnoSeal, with an occassional clear boot polish on top to keep the slickness.

    The padded or semi-padded, glove leather-covered saddles are not the same as a Brooks, though many riders in this thread like them. Glove leather is for wallets, car seats, boutique clothing, and... gloves. Hide is for saddles. I had the cheapo Specialized Milano that came on my Sequoia Elite that was pretty good for about 40 miles, then, it got hot. That would be a short ride for me. I think just about anything would work for 40 miles, though.

    BTW, as a heavy sweater, I have never had to use any of those butt creams since going with leather.

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    I'm 6'4" and 205lbs on a Specialized Avatar gel 155. I think Specialized allows a 30 day trial period, just don't beat the saddle up and you can swap for a different model. REI stores also have a good return policy if you have one in the area.
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    Ok, This is my first posting on the Clydes, Heres a saddle that will most def be comfortable for just about any of us! (Im 218...almost all muscle though LOL!) It came on the Schwinn World that I just got off the junk guy. Enjoy!



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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes
    Ok, This is my first posting on the Clydes, Heres a saddle that will most def be comfortable for just about any of us! (Im 218...almost all muscle though LOL!) It came on the Schwinn World that I just got off the junk guy. Enjoy!
    You can keep it, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes
    Ok, This is my first posting on the Clydes, Heres a saddle that will most def be comfortable for just about any of us! (Im 218...almost all muscle though LOL!) It came on the Schwinn World that I just got off the junk guy. Enjoy!


    Yikes! Sciatic nerve and circulatory damage special! Might be ok for short hops on a beach cruiser and an extremely upright stance, but on a long ride on a road bike, you will have numb legs and long enough, you will get permanent damage!
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    Here is a comfortable, all day on the bike saddle!





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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    You can keep it, thanks.


    I just posted it because a clydes guy saw it over at the C and V thought you guys would get a kick out of it, not trying to insult or trying to sell it!? so yeah, I will keep it, or maybe give it to the clydes guy as he was kinda interested, these are the saddles I use on my bikes, Im 218 lbs and they work/feel fine, the Selle Italia Sphere and the toy store Schwinn gel share the Giant (as needed) as a home.











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    +1 for the Brooks B17. A lot of people that see me out on it think I'm nuts, but it's very comfortable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by khaosspawn
    Hi Guys,

    Trolled for a long time, first time posting. Search is down at the moment and I went back several pages but couldn't find a saddle post.

    I bought a nice bike, ridden it in (did the tune up) and it's great. Except for the saddle. I want to have kids one day and I fear the stock will prevent that. I'm 5'11 and 230 lbls. Any recommendations for a good saddle?

    This one looks tempting.

    Any thoughts, tips for me?
    Before replacing the saddle, try a pair of bike shorts, the ones with the padding, I think they can make most seats comfortable, they did the stock seat on my Norco....

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    Yet another vote for B-17. And whoever said that break in stuff is pretty much a myth is pretty much right on. My first one was comfortable from day 1 and so is the one that I just put on my new bike. Wall Bike has a very liberal return policy on their Brooks saddles, you can basically try them out risk free. How can you go wrong there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ilikebikes
    I just posted it because a clydes guy saw it over at the C and V thought you guys would get a kick out of it, not trying to insult or trying to sell it!? so yeah, I will keep it, or maybe give it to the clydes guy as he was kinda interested, these are the saddles I use on my bikes, Im 218 lbs and they work/feel fine, the Selle Italia Sphere and the toy store Schwinn gel share the Giant (as needed) as a home.










    DUDE! Somebody stole a bunch of spokes off your Giant!
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    Still a clyde at 210. On both of my road bikes I have a

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    They fit my sit bones just perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrierman
    DUDE! Somebody stole a bunch of spokes off your Giant!

    LOL! Dude, my wife and are are seriously tickled! LOL!

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    Fizik Arione. It looks uncomfortable at first glance but after you put a 50km's on it, its your friend for life. It holds my 6'2'' 250 pound ass in great comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fay_yerng
    Fizik Arione. It looks uncomfortable at first glance but after you put a 50km's on it, its your friend for life. It holds my 6'2'' 250 pound ass in great comfort.

    WOW! if your ass is 6'2'' 250 pounds, how much do you weigh all together! LOL! (just a joke amongst us Clydesdales ) I now what you meant, but I couldnt help it!

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    My main road bike has an Avocet O2 Air 40 in the Men's model (wider than Racing but narrower than Women). It has Cr-Mo rails and a leather cover. I paid $55 for this saddle in 2004. This was a special edition model (the Cr-Mo saddle normally came with a terrible synthetic cover) made especially for Palo Alto Bicycles which was (and perhaps still is) "owned" by Avocet.

    Another road bike has a early 90s Vetta SP saddle that I picked up at an Oshman's Sporting Goods outlet for $4 about 10 years ago.

    A saddle I wish I still had was a Avocet Racing 1 saddle that I bought from Colorado Cyclist for $20 in 1989. I put this saddle on my 1989 Centurion Ironman Expert. When I sold the bike in 1998, the saddle went with it. Oh well.

    Bottom line is that I like saddles around 150 mm wide. I am 5"10 @ 205 lb. When I had my Centurion Ironman, I was a lot lighter, but I still liked wider saddles. Sit bone width does come into play.

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    Apparently Brooks believes they break in. Taken from their website....

    Dependant upon how toned a riders posterior is, a broken-in saddle may look deformed, but the rider will assure you that its comfort is unsurpassed. The leather however will still be firm. It will have just adapted to the riders anatomy -the perfectly broken-in saddle.
    Remember: a broken-in Brooks saddle is the only saddle that will be exactly formed to your body, with an incomparable customized comfort. Therefore you cannot assume that someone else’s broken-in saddle is comfortable for you.

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    I ride on a Selle Italia SLR and I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaxgtr
    This is my current saddle and it very comfortable. http://www.wtb.com/saddles_speedv.html. I'm presently 296 and started using it at 315.
    +1

    5'11" 210lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etd
    A saddle I wish I still had was a Avocet Racing 1 saddle that I bought from Colorado Cyclist for $20 in 1989. I put this saddle on my 1989 Centurion Ironman Expert. When I sold the bike in 1998, the saddle went with it. Oh well.
    I'll have to go in the bike stable to check tomorrow, but I think I have an Avocet R-1 saddle in there that I was saving formy new build up ... for me it's just a saddle that I could replace for another -- maybe we could deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by etd
    A saddle I wish I still had was a Avocet Racing 1 saddle that I bought from Colorado Cyclist for $20 in 1989. I put this saddle on my 1989 Centurion Ironman Expert. When I sold the bike in 1998, the saddle went with it. Oh well.
    I still have an Avocet Touring saddle purchased in the mid 70's. Great saddle. My son has it on his bike right now, and I'm riding a Brooks B-17.

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    Brooks B-17 Honey Brown with loads of Leather Conditioner!

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