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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-15-07, 11:20 AM   #1
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What saddle do you have?

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?
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Old 04-15-07, 11:56 AM   #2
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Brooks B-17, or if you have your heart set on a cut out, try a Selle Anatomica.
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Old 04-15-07, 12:17 PM   #3
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Brooks Flyer w/ Salsa seat post (350/6'1")

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Stay away from titanium rails... steel is stronger and will last longer

Get a seat post that allows fine tune adjustments (fore-aft and angle). A few degrees or inches one way or another can make the difference between comfort and agony (at least for me)

Pay attention to saddle width and make sure it "fits" you (good contact w/ your "sit" bones)
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Stay away from gel though....on long rides, it tends to flow into the crack of your nether region and create pressure and friction where you don't want either. I agree on Brooks, and a good pair of cycling shorts....padded, and nothing between thee and the chamois padding, you go commando. If you are embarrassed about wearing Lycra shorts, you can throw a pair of shorts over them. The padding in the shorts helps significantly with ride comfort and the flat seams prevent chafing.

A good source id http://www.aerotechdesigns.com where they have a grerat selection of Clyde size cycling duds. Of the shorts, I'd really recommend the bibs for sheer comfort.
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5'11", 255 lbs Brooks Team Pro all the way! I don't see where you could go wrong with a B-17 though!
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Old 04-15-07, 03:45 PM   #6
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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.
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Everybody's booty is different. What some posters LOVE (like the Books B-17) is MISERY to me. Vice versa is true too. One must just experiment until you find something that works for YOUR anatomy. It helps to buy used saddles on e-Bay and try them out. You can then pick out the features that work for you and the ones that don't. What doesn't work, you can resell on e-Bay for only a minimal loss.

Me, I like the Specialized Milano. The anatomical groove in the center works for me and the slight padding (that most folks avoid like the plague) also works for me. Most others don't agree...

Happy shopping, and YOU'LL KNOW when you get a saddle that works!
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I'm Riding the Specialized Alias on all three of my favorite rides.... As others have said, beware of saddles that are too cushy. They may seem comfy at first but after 15-20 miles they feel like a burning brick. Also stand up every chance you get.... cresting a hill, stop signs, even on long straight stretches you can up shift a gear or two and stand for a few strokes. It will make a difference.
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5'11" 250 lbs Brooks B-17-S "I like it a lot!"

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I've got a Specialized Toupe 'Gel' and a Brooks swift that I'm testing now. The 'Gel' on the toupe is about 1/8" thick, so it's not exactly squishy. So far, I really like Toupe. It fits my sit bones well. I had a Terry Liberator that was too squishy. Very comfortable for 4-5 hours, then it turned very painful, very quickly. It also caused numbness on climbing. I've been 100% numbess free on the Toupe. It's a harder saddle, so I'm still adjusting to that. I also haven't taken out for more that 25 miles do to an illness. I don't had enough miles on the Swift to make any judgements yet. From what I understand about Brooks, if you like it, you'll love it. If you don't care for it, you'll hate it.
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I ditched my Bontrager for a Concor Light, I like it, but the first few minutes it hurts like hell until I get situated just right on the saddle. The best advice really is to get a few off e-bay you think you might like & try them out.
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Old 04-15-07, 08:46 PM   #13
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6' 225ish Specialized Alias

Firm but comfortable. The cutout design is amazing.
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Old 04-15-07, 09:35 PM   #14
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Specialized Toupe for me...

6'2" 225



I rode 79 miles on it today...I am very happy with it...
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I almost didn't click-on this post,I had nothing to sat but what saddles I do NOT like oners that I already own. That Pro-V one looks good.I like the curve shape and it's padded,vrey un-like most of the hi-end saddles,I've seen it selling at very low prices.I'd be happy to have it suit me for a season,'till I season my butt. Many have written of specialized,very cool,my fav. LBS has a real lot of Specialized everything,I've passed-over the saddles he has..I'll take a close look at 'em now though, now that individuals "like me" have vouched for them..THANKS
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Specialized Toupe for me...

6'2" 225

I rode 79 miles on it today...I am very happy with it...
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Wonderful saddle. Best I've ridden.

6'3" 205 at the moment. On my way down.

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6'1-230.....DId 23 centuries and 7,300 miles in 2005 on my Terry Fly. Just bought another for our tandem!
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Wow - awesome responses guys. I might do the eBay thing and get some different shapes till i find something that fits. I'll stay away from the gel though - I wouldn't have thought about the squishy-ness factor, so thanks for the heads up on that.

Tom - that site looks great for shorts. I'll invest in a couple of pairs and see how I do.

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Your riding style is also a factor. I sit more upright, so I have a Brooks B67.
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Brooks B-17 on the single speed

brooks sprung B-17 on my full dresser commute beast.

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I've had a Terry Liberator which got problematic on longer rides (too wide at the middle) but was very comfortable otherwise.

Terry Fly was better, but was less cushy without really fitting my parts well.

Brooks B17N was not my cup of tea, but I may go back to it for periodic rides to break it in... not sure though. The thing literally bruised my sitbone area.

The Fi'Zik Aliante (carbon shell, Ti rails) is just the right thing for me. Comfortable, light, no worries at all.
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Brooks B-17 baby! The most comfortable saddle I've ever used.
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I've had a Terry Liberator which got problematic on longer rides (too wide at the middle) but was very comfortable otherwise.

Terry Fly was better, but was less cushy without really fitting my parts well.

Brooks B17N was not my cup of tea, but I may go back to it for periodic rides to break it in... not sure though. The thing literally bruised my sitbone area.

The Fi'Zik Aliante (carbon shell, Ti rails) is just the right thing for me. Comfortable, light, no worries at all.
Do you think you might have that Brooks a tad too far forward? If so, you might be sitting on the rear frame and that will NEVER break in.....
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I just got an Selle SMP Strike Plus, I have mounted it and st on it but yet to ride it as th weather has not cooperated. It seems to be a nice saddle, but the nice things is that it is a larger saddle without gel , so none of the problems associated with gel. The design makes sense as to whether it works that is a whole other can of worms
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