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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 11-15-10, 12:20 AM   #26
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I just bought a Selle SMP Plus so we'll see how that works out.
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Old 11-15-10, 04:23 AM   #27
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I really like the Selle Italia and the Brooks B17. I have tens of thousands of miles on my oldest Selle. I still have it, but don't ride that bike much anymore. I bought a newer version for my current bike. They just seem to fit me well.
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Old 11-17-10, 09:22 PM   #28
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I've had all kinds of saddles, but my favorite all time saddle is my 30 year old Brooks Professional. Can't rid it anymore cause it has a tear in the nose of it, so I replaced it with a Brooks Team Pro. Different, not as good as it's sister, but doesnt have 1000s of miles on it. . . yet. It's on my weekday bike. My weekend Lynskey has a Fizik Aliante which is a very comfortable light weight saddle. It's also RED and came with matching bar tape. WHATEVER you do, don't ever ever ride a plastic saddle! They don't breathe and you WILL be MISERABLE ALL THE TIME! If you're gonna ride bikes, be professional about it. Get a good leather saddle that fits your bottom. . . Get clip pedals and hard sole shoes. . . . wear an appropriate cycling kit. . .and NEVER EVER EVER NEVER ride without a helmet!
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Old 11-18-10, 09:53 AM   #29
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Factory bike saddles are disposable. They are only there for decoration.

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Old 11-18-10, 09:01 PM   #30
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I just bought a new road bike. Stock saddle didn't even come home with me.
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Old 11-18-10, 09:10 PM   #31
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My $100 mountain bike, switched out the saddle immediately to a Walmart cruiser saddle.
Worksman bike still has the original cruiser saddle, with about 7,000 miles on the bike.
Raleigh Sojourn has the original Brooks saddle with about 7,500 miles on the bike.
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Old 11-18-10, 10:11 PM   #32
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Mongoose from Wal Mart (I was 16 and wanted a bike, don't judge me. It was very reliable for me, lasting 13 years before being replaced and donated. Mountain Bike)
No, but I should have looking back on it. It was an ass hatchet.

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Yes, another ass hatchet. 4 years, but I wouldn't ride in the winter, so each spring I would loose interest because it would tear me up worse each year. Replaced it in 07 to try and improve for commuting.
100 or so km a week.

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No, the Felt Racing saddle is like butter to me.
This one is currently put away for winter (she's to fast for this time of year and temps) but it will make an appearance in the winter if weather appropriate. About 100 km a weekend.
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Old 11-19-10, 02:04 AM   #33
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I did 31 miles on a brand new Selle SMP Plus today. It's not night and day, but noticeably more comfortable than the Alias 155 I was using. I assume it'll get even a bit better after some miles.

If anyone is considering one of these expensive saddles, a seller on Amazon has some new "factory seconds" for $180. Mine is flawless except for about 5mm worth of stitching in one of the Selle logos where the stitching is black when it should be red. My ass doesn't know the difference (and you really have to look for it) and I saved about 50 bucks. It's better than the one pictured on the Amazon page. It even has a little stitched "tag" that flies off the back of the seat with the Italian colors, and a little Italian flag plaque under the seat visible to riders behind you... gives my Specialized some more exotic street cred, lol!
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Old 11-25-10, 10:07 AM   #34
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I must be numb in the bum, or something, because I can't understand the constant fascination with bike saddles. I've kept and used the stock saddles of every bike I've ever owned, and if the Internet had never been invented, I wouldn't even know that anyone did any different. I like the Louis Garneau hybrid-style seat that came with my Specialized Expedition, and so far, I like the firmer, narrower Kona saddle that came with my new Dew Drop. I don't even remember what kind of saddles came with my previous rides, a Raleigh Record 12 and a Canadian Tire cheapie road bike. They all held my butt clear of the seat post and none caused me any great distress. I may sing a different tune next season when I plan to try some multi-day touring, but so far, the saddle aftermarket is strange, foreign territory for me.
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Old 11-25-10, 12:09 PM   #35
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I'm with you, marmot - every mile I've ridden in the last 25 years has been on an OEM saddle, except the one bike where I switched to a different color, but same brand and model, saddle. Of course, I might have just been lucky all this time.
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Old 11-27-10, 01:37 AM   #36
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I haven't bought an off the rack bike since the later 80's, so it's hard to remember, but I think that seat was not too bad. I worked in bike shops and knew what worked for me, so I have stuck with Selles. I liked the Flite saddles, and the later versions of them. Every bike since then I have built from scratch, so I go with what I know. Seats are so personal, I think it is hard to have one that doesn't fit quite right. I have to break in a new B-17 for my touring bike build, and I am not looking forward to all the adjustments to get it right. But when it's set, it will be oh so comfortable.
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