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    I need a Seat!

    Anyone here help me with this? I am an old fart so I need something comfy but not too big.

    Thanks
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    Hi,
    I use the Titanico, it's very good. Get the Clydesdale option and don't even consider getting one that isn't the treated Second Skin leather. Expensive, but worth it.

    http://www.mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiaTia View Post
    Anyone here help me with this? I am an old fart so I need something comfy but not too big.

    Thanks
    Mike
    Saddles (don't call it a seat, unless you want people to think you don't know what your talking about), are an individual kind of thing. Everyone has a slightly different rear end, and one person will try a certain saddle, and think it's perfect, another person (same saddle) will think it a medieval torture device. The key is that there are two bones in your butt, these are often termed the sit bones, you should have your saddle support on those bones, to narrow a saddle and your sitting on the soft tissues in between, which leads to numbness, this is one of the reasons many saddles now have depressions or cut outs in the middle. Too wide a saddle and you often get chaffing issues, which causes pain. Now, either numbness or pain, is likely to severely reduce ride time.

    There are two ways to measure your butt, if there is a Specialized dealer nearby, call and see if they have a butt-o-meter, this will give an actual measurement, get the numbers, and look at the collection of saddles the dealer has. Another way to get a measurement, is to take several layers of paper towel, the top one should be slightly damp, put them on a hard chair, and sit, now peel off the first couple of layers, and you should see two damp spots, measure them centre to centre this measurement is what you want.
    Saddles come in various widths, from around 120mm to about 160mm pick one closest to your butt width.

    Second item, it depends on your bike and riding style, a drop bar road bike, typically has a longer, narrower front then a saddle intended for city pootling, best saddles ar a Brooks of England saddle, they have been making them for over 140 years, not cheap, but they do work well, just make sure you get the right size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiaTia View Post
    I am an old fart so I need something comfy but not too big.
    After years of practicing amateur proctology on myself with bicycle seats I finally have a size that works for me. Anything smaller than this and after an hour I need a removal tool. I think it's one of the hazards of being an "old fart".
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    Let me be the first to recommend a Brooks. I have had my b-17 for just over 300 miles, and can say it is almost broken in. Every time I ride, it gets more comfy. Good luck in your quest!
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    I've blabbed about this saddle quite a bit around here (and no I don't work for the maker), but I've had really great luck with a Rido saddle. It's from the UK, but is really cheap. I was going to try Brooks, but went for this (because the risk was low). I really like it. My reason for getting it was a bit of a nagging prostate problem which was acting up on the bike. Bottom line: it's comfortable.

    But like the posters above said, it's an individual thing...you'll probably spend some money trying a couple before you really know what works for your anatomy. Good luck!

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    Search the forum for mentions of the Brooks B17. It deserves all the praise that it gets. It's good looking too.

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    One more vote for B17, try one out and give it at least a few rides. I'm getting another Brooks for my race bike :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikegummo View Post
    I've blabbed about this saddle quite a bit around here (and no I don't work for the maker), but I've had really great luck with a Rido saddle. It's from the UK, but is really cheap. I was going to try Brooks, but went for this (because the risk was low). I really like it. My reason for getting it was a bit of a nagging prostate problem which was acting up on the bike. Bottom line: it's comfortable.

    But like the posters above said, it's an individual thing...you'll probably spend some money trying a couple before you really know what works for your anatomy. Good luck!
    bikegummo, where did you get the rido? I found it on this site

    http://www.bikemania.biz/Rido_Saddle_p/rido_saddle.htm

    What bike are you using it on? How big are you? (if you dont mind telling) I ask because I am thinking of trying one. I ride a 520 in a pretty upright position so I put a lot of weight on my saddle. I'm good for around 20 miles then start feeling hot spots. the saddle I'm using now is a terry liberator. I'm 240 right now.

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    I'd give you the one outa my Ford, but I'm sure you don't want it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thestoutdog View Post
    Let me be the first to recommend a Brooks. I have had my b-17 for just over 300 miles, and can say it is almost broken in. Every time I ride, it gets more comfy. Good luck in your quest!
    You've had more luck than me - I've ridden by Brookes B17 for over 600 miles and it's still rock - pain-in-the-bum - solid. Still persevering with it but on another bike I've installed a Rido that cost a fifth of the price of the Brookes and was comfortable the first time I rode it. These really are good saddles; although they look cheap and nasty they are cheap but not nasty!
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