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Old 10-11-08, 06:29 PM   #1
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Commuting saddle

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.
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Old 10-11-08, 06:39 PM   #2
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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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Old 10-11-08, 06:46 PM   #3
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12 bikes, 12 brooks.
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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!!!
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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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Old 10-11-08, 07:08 PM   #6
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Brooks, brooks, brooks...... I know there is a pattern here. lol. I've never owned one and I'm pretty sure about ordering one, however just keeping my options open until I commit.
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Brooks, brooks, brooks...... I know there is a pattern here. lol. I've never owned one and I'm pretty sure about ordering one, however just keeping my options open until I commit.
I know I will order one someday. Just a lot of money to sit on.
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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.
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Sella italia flite. Can't stand brooks. That and the price is....
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+1 Brooks B-17
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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.
I'm currently looking for a new saddle too. I had been using the Serfas Rx gel saddle, but it chafed me on long rides. On my occasional 34 mile commute it was OK, but on tour it was brutal.
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Azonic Love Seat. They're huge but really comfortable. I think you can get one for around $35.
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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 am loving my Brooks b17. It's the only thing I don't think about changing on my bike.
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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.
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Old 10-12-08, 07:50 AM   #22
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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.
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Old 10-12-08, 04:11 PM   #23
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saddle time

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.
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Another Brooks B17 fan(boy) here.
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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.
Speaking of which, any suggestions for those of us who have a crooked pelvis?
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