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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 03-05-11, 06:32 PM   #1
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It was a good day until....

So I went riding this morning and went topped my distance goal... a bike marathon... yeah. A decent pace at 14.7 mph.

I did well, but the boys are screaming at me because of the abuse that they had endured.

So, I am all full of myself as I walk in to the non-standard LBS, and ask for a saddle....

The kid responds... "Cruizer saddles are to the right"

No.. I need a road saddle, luckily they did not have the type that I was looking for and went on to the next store..

It appears to be a mom and pop location with a lot of vintage cycles and new Surly and Masi cycles and a complete repair shop. I tried the Brooks B-17, but did not have the courage to get it after a test ride. I wound up with a terry liberator, and hopefully it will work out better. Needless to say, I will probably be back.
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Old 03-05-11, 06:52 PM   #2
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After a little coaxing the Brooks may be the answer. It takes some time to break one in but after that it is smooth sailing.
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Check with the LBS what the return policy of their saddles are. If you find the liberator is not working out for you, return it and get something new.
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In my opinion expensive saddles are bull****. I ride the nashbar cr2 on my mtn and cross bikes and the r2 on my road bike. $15-30 bucks depending on the saddle and sale. I love them. Brooks are good saddles but they need to be broken in. The break in period can be difficult. I dunno i've spent $150 on a fizik aliante and would rather ride my nashbar saddles any day. Other than that try test saddles. My bike shop has about 15 test saddles to try out. Good luck!
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Hmmm, depends on your budget, but above all else, if you can find a LBS that you trust, generally they will work with you to find what is best for you. Do a bit of a search on this site too, there are a few posts about how to establish the right size saddle for your "sit-bones" (or whatever they are referred to! )
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I wound up with a terry liberator,
Great saddle. I have it on my hybrid and now on my road bike.
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I put the terry on this morning, and I think it will be better.
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I'm still working on breaking in my Brooks (Imperial with the hole in the middle.) Thought about the Fizik Aliante instead of the Brooks, but there are so many people who ride and recommend that leather saddle so I'm giving it an honest try. I have 15 hours of ride time on it, so there's still a lot of break in time!

Hope the new saddle works out well. I think the "valley" that runs down the middle of the saddle is the key for comfort.
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In my opinion expensive saddles are bull****. I ride the nashbar cr2 on my mtn and cross bikes and the r2 on my road bike. $15-30 bucks depending on the saddle and sale. I love them. Brooks are good saddles but they need to be broken in. The break in period can be difficult. I dunno i've spent $150 on a fizik aliante and would rather ride my nashbar saddles any day. Other than that try test saddles. My bike shop has about 15 test saddles to try out. Good luck!
I agree that the price of a saddle has no bearing on comfort... in fact many expensive saddles have cheaper twins with less exotic rail and shell materials. At the shop where I was working in ~2002, we had forged alloy rail Specialized saddles for $200, and steel rail version for $34.99. I tried and loved the $200 saddle, bought the $34.99 saddle, and have been happy ever since.

However, everyone's arse is different, so what works for you or I might not work for someone else... and maybe I would be happy with the steel rail version of a saddle while the subtle shape and construction differences of the carbon model is needed for someone else's comfort.
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