Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes: Masi (retired), Giant TCR, Eisentraut, Jamis Aurora Elite, Zullo (trainer bike), Cannondale, 84 Stumpjumper, Waterford(N+1), Tern D8 (N+1), looking for a Ti frame
I really don't have too much problems with saddles, I normally use OE the the bike purchases. But I have 8 bikes that I built and I normally grab a nice or light saddle. I have a few bikes with Selle Concor saddles and these have been very comfortable, I rode on one of these so much that I wore through the leather on the saddle. I also just try different saddles on each new build, last year I got a Brooks Team Pro used it on the trainer bike over the winter and put about 1000 miles on it, so it should be broken in. Never had any pain on it.
Once a BFer noted on one of my photos that my saddle was tilted too far nose down and I tilted the saddle a bit upward, my next ride I had a terrible PIA (I won't go into graphic details) but it I didn't get 6 miles and I can normally ride 50 or 60 miles without any pain. So a small tilt in the saddle can do wonders or terrors. So I trust by butt on the position of the saddle.
Now I think that my OE saddle on my touring bike doesn't work well since I start to get some pain 50 or 60 miles into a ride but some of my other bikes I seem to be able to go farther with the pain. So it may be time to try a Brooks B-17 but I don't have a problem with a Brooks Team Pro so maybe I should just try that again.
So to answer the question on how I choose a saddle is trial and error and past experience. I have been riding bikes for 35 years so I have bit of experience.
Last edited by cyclist2000; 09-03-11 at 08:02 AM.