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    please recommend a comfortable bicycle seat (for a guy)

    It could be that I weight 210 or some other anatomical issue, but I find most bicycle seats I've tried to be uncomfortable
    on any trip over 5 miles. Bike shorts help to a small degree.
    If you've found a comfortable bike seat for longer rides, please share what you have.
    Thanks

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    The most comfortable seat i've ever used, had it for three years and its only gotten better. Durable, comfortable, absorbs impacts & looks good.
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    Selle Italia MF Gel Flow Vanox Rail

    i know its expensive but i've put many a thousand miles on it so i see it as something i cant skimp on. Everyone whos used my bike has commented on how great the seat is compared to their own.

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    I've been converted to the "pro fit" school. I've got a large Rubbermaid tub full of saddles that I've tried and had to replace. But, as part of a fit, they use a "butt-o-meter" (I don't know what it's really called, but that describes what it does pretty well...). It measures the distance between your sit bones, so you can narrow down what sort of saddle you need.

    Another thing to consider is how upright vs. stretched out you are on the bike. The more upright, the more weight there is on your butt - that's obvious. But it also impacts the geometry of how your weight is supported on the saddle. The accepted wisdom is that, the more upright you are, the wider the saddle should be, and the more you'd want springs (either in the saddle or the seatpost). My own experience was the not exactly in line with this - I had a wide, sprung saddle on my grocery getter, and I had to get up out of the saddle every minute or two to eliminate the "pins-and-needles" feeling, and get the circulation back. Switching to a slightly narrower (but still wider than you'd use on a road bike), flat, hard saddle with no springs made a ton of difference. No more tingling and numbness.

    Bottom line: If you're really having issues with riding 5 miles or so, you'd probably benefit from a pro fit.
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    ISM Typhoon. I'm 220 Lbs. I love this seat, have three of them.http://www.ismseat.com/saddle/adamo-typhoon

    My rides are 25+ a day. Last month, 535 miles, trying to break that this month.
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    I predict almost as many different saddle recommendations as there are riders.

    I use a Fizik Arione, I've tried a couple different Specialized including the Toupe and Phenom Gel. Those two didn't last very long on the bike and are in a drawer.



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    I like the Selle SMP Lite 209, ISM Adamo Road, and whatever random WTB saddle is on my mountain bike (Rocket V? Speed V? I forget). Also liked the Selle SMP Extra, but the Lite 209 is much better. FWIW, I hated the Brooks B17, Specialized Toupe, and Specialized Avatar among others.

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    Im 280lbs and 6'0". Im currently using a Titanico X - similar to a Brooks but more "road looking". I like it so far - I rode 40 miles last week (in one ride) and my buns felt great. Took a week or so to break in.

    I also used the "butt meter" at my local Specialized dealer - I left with a $150 specialized seat that was just terrible after 15 miles. Go with a Brooks or a Titanico X. I only took my Brooks B17 off becasue I "won" the Titanico X. The Titanico X isnt as paranoid about getting wet as the Brooks was.

    Good luck!

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    I'll be that guy. I have a Brooks B17 on my road bike and a B17 Narrow on my fixed gear. Love them. I weigh 216 lbs and the saddles started being broken in only after like 50 miles. I don't know if me being overweight has anything to do with faster breaking-in time. They were noticeably more comfortable than my stock saddles right out of the box though, and this is coming from the guy who spent a lot of time adjusting his stock saddles before finally purchasing new ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Showbeddy View Post
    They were noticeably more comfortable than my stock saddles right out of the box though, and this is coming from the guy who spent a lot of time adjusting his stock saddles before finally purchasing new ones.
    I just bought a B17 and found the same thing. Now that it's starting to get broken in (I've put 100 miles on it) it's even better. I weight 390lbs so that might have assisted with it quickly breaking in.

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    I have the Brooks B17 Imperial, really liking it after a few hundred miles and 6 adjustments to find the right setup.

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    I used a Forte Softail from Performance Bike on a 300 mile ride over 5 1/2 days. It cost $25. Last year used a Brooks. Forte was better. But everybod's butt hurt after 300 miles.

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    Selle Italia Turbomatic Flow - wide at the back and skinny in the front

    I had a Brooks Flyer - never quite got it....

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    I was having all kinds of problems until I bought a tube of chamois cream. You wouldn't expect it, but it made a world of difference. It was a cheap fix and probably gender neutral. Without it I started having trouble after the first 5 miles. I now ride 30 miles without a problem.
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    Here's another vote for the Selle Italia Gel Flow. I have two and love them.

    Advice: 1) Get sit bones measured.
    2) Don't get too much cushion, less is better.
    3) Check out the anatomically friendly designs.

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    Great advice from everyone. I'm leaning toward that
    Selle Italia Gel Flow. But at $150, I'm wondering how often these saddles are recognized as high-end and grabbed
    by thieves. Also, how water resistant are these Selle saddles.
    Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by Cychologist View Post
    Here's another vote for the Selle Italia Gel Flow. I have two and love them.

    Advice: 1) Get sit bones measured.
    2) Don't get too much cushion, less is better.
    3) Check out the anatomically friendly designs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techman View Post
    It could be that I weight 210 or some other anatomical issue, but I find most bicycle seats I've tried to be uncomfortable
    on any trip over 5 miles. Bike shorts help to a small degree.
    If you've found a comfortable bike seat for longer rides, please share what you have.
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    It won't be your weight alone. I started riding at around 280, now weigh about 230, and use the standard stock saddle on both my bikes.

    If it's not adjusted correctly you'll be uncomfortable. Your seat bones need to be on the wide part - if you're putting weight on the narrow part then your more delicate parts won't thank you for it. If the saddle is tilted back too far (i.e. the front of it is raised) you'll find you crush your man parts against the nose - if it's tilted forward you may slide forward meaning your weight is on your man parts again.

    Raising or lowering the nose by 1/4" or even less can make a big difference, so looking at it and saying "it's about right" isn't going to help.
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    I just picked up a Selle An Atomica Titanico X. They are on sale for 135 in certain colors right now (I got red). I've only gotten one ride in of about 8 miles, but I had no issues with it and usually I'd get tinglies after about 4 miles in my stock saddle.

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    I'm a believer in Brooks saddles, they adjust to you!
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    Selle An-Atomico Tintanico X. I have three mounted to my three vintage steel Schwinn riders and hundreds of miles on them.
    My two Brooks professionals are in the box with the other "padded" saddles from the summer 2011 testing period.
    Will recycle the padded ones on flipper bikes that I sell, the Brooks will be saved to return my classics back to stock if necessary.
    IMHO - It is also important the you have bike shorts that also interact with your final saddle choice. I am using the Canari brand shorts now and I like them a lot. In combination with my An-Atomica saddles, I can do 60+ miles no problem. Rode 32 miles on Wednesday evening and never raised myself out of the saddle one time. Multiple rides day after consecutive day without soreness.
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    If you back side is bothering you after 5 miles it's probably not the saddle, but the adjustment of the saddle and/or your overall fit. Get that taken care of before you start spending money on different saddles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    If you back side is bothering you after 5 miles it's probably not the saddle, but the adjustment of the saddle and/or your overall fit. Get that taken care of before you start spending money on different saddles.
    I would tend to disagree with this statement. There's no amount of adjustment that will make me comfortable on a Brooks B17 or Specialized Toupe saddle. Believe me, I've tried! My Selle SMP Lite 209, on the other hand, is comfortable in just about any position.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: a saddle which is painful will never become comfortable, no matter what you do.

    A saddle which is merely uncomfortable, on the other hand, might become comfortable if you adjust the position or just take a bit more time to adjust to it.

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    Can't go wrong with a Brooks. 4000 miles on mine now, and it's just awesome.

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