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    Have any of you guys tried the Schwinn no pressure saddle?

    Just curious. Sure does look comfortable,a little wide in the saddle and no horn to prevent smashing the pelvic and groin areas. I'm considering getting one but I haven't heard any reveiws. Good idea for the seat?

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    Its an interesting seat:

    http://www.amazon.com/Schwinn-No-Pre.../dp/B000DZGLVY

    I would be interested in opinions too. Its very economically priced. I need to get rid of my Bontrager seat on my Trek 7.3. Any thing over 15 miles and my buns are on fire. I usually go the Brooks route but I need a seat that does not need care - keep dry, dubbbing etc as my Trek is a simple knockaround/commuter bike and I also dont want to spend $80+.

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    I've seen a spilt level seat with the same concepts,but it was going for $70 or more.At $16.00 I guess you could add a gel saddle that you can modify to fit it.

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    Fine for a tractor seat ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLKATO View Post
    Just curious. Sure does look comfortable,a little wide in the saddle and no horn to prevent smashing the pelvic and groin areas. I'm considering getting one but I haven't heard any reveiws. Good idea for the seat?
    These types of seats (general shape) are not that great. You will find that the underside of your upper thighs will be binding against the edge of the seat during each peddle stroke.
    A lot of people end up angling the front downwards to compensate for this and this leads to other problems, like constantly sliding forward off the seat. You are right to think that they will indeed alleviate the pressure on the areas you mention, but, you shouldn't have to trade one evil for another, imo.

    If you only plan on riding periodically and not for any great lengths, then the seat would probably be okay for you. Around the block or the neighbourhood type of thing. If you are more serious about biking than that, there are better choices out there.

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    These types of seats (general shape) are not that great. You will find that the underside of your upper thighs will be binding against the edge of the seat during each peddle stroke.
    My mom is wanting one for her bike, she thinks it will be great. I agree with Seve, I feel your thighs would bind and cause other issues trying to adjust it. I could be wrong, any reviews out there?

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    The only bike I could see this working reasonably well on is something like the Electra Townie or other similar semi-recumbent bike. When you are kicked back in a relaxed position like such bikes provide, it would seem less likely that you would get the rubbing on the backs of the thighs or slipping forward off the saddle. The beauty of a traditionally shaped saddle is that it provides something for you to clamp between your legs or thighs.

    The other thing I don't like about this type of saddle is that it forces you to sit on the soft, fleshy part of the hind end which is the worst place to try and support your entire body's weight. Our butts were just not designed for such sitting. If we were intended to be able to sit for such long periods of time on irregularly shaped objects, we would have a huge, blue and red thick, tough, and fleshy pad on our butts much like a baboon. I seriously think that such gimmicks as this seat are an answer to a problem that didn't need to exist.

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    Which is why I don't run off and make purchases any more.Thanks for the replies. Another question,what about the split seat with no horn? It's designed for performence and comfort as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLKATO View Post
    Which is why I don't run off and make purchases any more.Thanks for the replies. Another question,what about the split seat with no horn? It's designed for performence and comfort as well.
    See my comments above. I think a split seat with no nose or horn as you call it would be pretty much the same thing. Most traditional saddles that are split to avoid pressure on the groin area which is typically have the split up in the nose of the saddle where such pressure is located.

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    Another one that looks much better,(and pricier!) is the ISM Ergonomical saddle,built for touring and comfort as well is real high on my list right now.It is medically tested,and looks really,really comfortable.This saddle is one I can see myself getting,especially since I'm not into jumping or doing any stunts on a mountain bike.It would really do well on a hybrid,but I can always move it when that time comes.

    This seat isn't split,it has a comfort space which allows less pressure on the groin area while cycling and doesn't give up any performance.
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    The problem with ANY seat is that it was not intentionally made JUST for you. You can read a thousand reviews and spend a ton of money but at the end of the day you are guesstimating on any seat. Last summer, I spent $160 on a Specialized seat that was "sure to fix" my rear end problems. After 10 miles I was in agony. The ONLY success I have had is with a Brooks B17 -

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product..._200276_200413

    this seat is almost "made for you" as it moulds to your butt over time - very comfy. The only downside is that its like Sam Malone's Corvette as you really dont want to ride on it in the rain because it can ruin the leather (stretch it out)

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    My wonderful wife bought me one of these when I first started riding to help me with some serious saddle sore...serious enough for me to consider quitting riding.

    I did have issues sliding forward as mentioned above, but it did give me time for my arse to recover from the massive beating it took early on.

    I have moved on to a Schwinn Memory Foam seat now, saddle problems are getting under control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MLKATO View Post
    Which is why I don't run off and make purchases any more.Thanks for the replies. Another question,what about the split seat with no horn? It's designed for performence and comfort as well.
    There are several things you can do to help with comfort.
    Make sure your seat height is appropriate, the fore/aft is reasonable and that the saddle is for the most part level. A micro adjustable seat post is often helpful with the tilt angle.
    If you have done that and still feel that you have extreme pressure on the groin area then lower the seat post a half inch and see if that makes a difference good or bad. You don't want to lower it too much as that will cause other issues, but, there is some leeway to play with.

    I also agree with magohn regarding the Brooks.17 or one it's variants, the B.17 Imperial or the Flyer for example.
    The Imperial has a cut-out design to alleviate the pressure you appear to be suffering from. http://www.brooksengland.com/en/Shop...d=B17+Imperial

    If you feel that you want to continue cycling in the years to come, then looking at the Brooks is an option well worth it.

    wallbike for example, provides:
    :We give a SIX-MONTH UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE on new Brooks and Berthoud leather saddles.:
    http://www.wallbike.com/catalog/saddles

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    I have that no pressure schwinn saddle and totally love it. Rode 10-13 miles at different times and never a problem. I have mine tilted back just a tiny bit.
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    I've heard lots of great things about the Brooks B17 also, but I'm a bit on the cheap side, and also not sure if I want to deal with stiffness during the break-in period and also having to rub leather conditioning cream on it periodically (I'm into low maintenance, especially for saddles). So, I've been doing some research and I'm planning on buying the Planet Bike Anatomical Relief Saddle soon -- thought it might be of interest to you too.
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    I didn't know Brooks saddles cost that much ! I guess if I had a better bike I would want to spend money on a good seat. Not sure if I want to spend the cost of my bike on a new saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatSix911 View Post
    Fine for a tractor seat ...

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    In 2 places on one of my regular rides there are long downhill sections where the speed gets up to 25 or 30 mph with a relatively tight turn at the bottom.

    A sensible person would brake and take these turns at a lower speed. Not having the luxury of being a sensible person myself I find I need to take these turns at speed.

    Tight turns require leaning and I can't imagine trying to do that on a seat without a horn.
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