I'm really happy with my new Sequoia Elite ("comfort" road bike), but like so many others who have reviewed the bike, the seat is pretty bad.
It's been okay for my commute (5 miles) but I rode my first longer ride yesterday (40 miles) and, even though we're having record high temps in NY, I had to stop ONLY because of the discomfort in my rear and umm, "testisatchel" as Borat would say. The problem is that I simply cannot ride in the drops for 30+ minutes because the seat, even when adjusted to the lowest angle, drives up into my body. Also, the gel of the seat makes all of my parts down there fall asleep. In short, it's a horrible seat.
I don't know anything about saddles, what would work for a bike that I spend a lot of time alternating between the drops (more upright than racing but still a slanted "road" position) and the top of the handlebar (upright almost as if on a flatbar bike)? It seems like it's difficult to reach a good middle ground that works when in both of these positions.
I've heard that the Brooks B-17 is good, but will this be ideal for a road bike? I guess I should mention that I would like to spend 80%+ of my time in the drops.
Thanks so much for any recommendations!
PS - I don't really care about weight, I ride around with a fully loaded pannier anyway.