What is your favorite saddle to commute with? I'm in the market for a new saddle and I figured why not ask the experts on the commuter forum. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Saddles are like shoes. It's almost impossible to get good advice because what we each like is so different. My advice is to find a shop that will either let you exchange a saddle if you don't like it so you can try several, or to find a shop that has a good selection of used saddles cheap, so you don't break the bank if you have to buy 4 before you find the one you like.
FWIW, My favorite saddle is the Fizik Arione.
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I use one of these. It's soft enough that I don't need to wear padded shorts to make it comfortable, but unlike most "mushy" saddles, it still has a bit of firmness to it, and because of the cutout, it doesn't put pressure on my dangly bits.
Edit to add: and I got it for $15 so it's cheap too!!!
Brooks champion flyer. I have 8 miles of washboarded gravel, so the sprung saddle is nice. It's totally comfortable whether I wear padded lycra shorts or blue jeans.
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Another Brooks fan here.
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Brooks B17. Finest saddle ever.
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Selle Italia Flite Ti. Classically shaped saddle for my classically shaped butt.
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I like the E3 Form saddle on my cyclocross bike. For my more upright urban bike, I'm still looking for a saddle I'm happy with. I plan to try a Specialized Phenom whenever I have the spare cash. The reviews I've seen for it are excellent.
Sella italia flite. Can't stand brooks. That and the price is....
+1 Brooks B-17
Azonic Love Seat. They're huge but really comfortable. I think you can get one for around $35.
Brooks B17, or maybe a B17 Flyer for slightly rougher roads. I have B17's on my road bikes, and B17 Flyer on my commuter. My borrowed one of my B17s, and I never got it back. And www.wallbike.com will let you return it if it doesn't work for you, although some other internet sources may be cheaper.
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I haven't a complaint about my B17.
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Brooks B17 here too. They fit me perfectly. I think I could ride a century on a brand new B17, right out of the box, without any discomfort.
I got my last one for $54 from Nashbar using a coupon for 20% off orders of $100 or more. For me it's just part of the expense of acquiring a new bike.
My commute is so short that most any saddle will do the job. Still, my favorite is a Brooks Professional. Second, surprisingly, is some cheap saddle that came with an old Azuki Sebring dumpster bike. It's kinda firm.
I use a Brooks Champion Flyer on my Long haul Trucker. On my single speed, mustache bar bike and my vintage racer, I have standard B17's. My mountain bike has a B66. I've tried various plastic/man made material saddles most of which were skinny, racer style saddles, with and without padding and nothing has felt as comfortable as a solid leather saddle with a width of a B-17. On my more upright MTB the wider B66 is fine although this bike is shared with my wife and it fits her better. Go leather and if you have a narrow pelvic bone measurement get the narrow version of a B17. Most people (maybe 98%) however fit the standard B17 fine.
Another Brooks B17 fan(boy) here.
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