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Old 11-06-11, 12:12 AM   #1
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Sprung Saddle Recommendations

I'm converting my old steel road racer into a more upright, cruisey commuter. And since this conversion is straightening my riding posture, I'd like to take off the stiff old race saddle and put on a more comfortable Brooks sprung saddle. (I have a B67 on my other bicycle.) But this is the bike that I use when I know I'm going to lock my ride up out in public so I try to keep it as ugly and undesirable as I can. Can anyone recommend a pretty good sprung saddle that is upright-comfortable (and maybe can sit out in the weather) without being too expensive and alluring to thieves?

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i have an ancient mattress saddle,very second hand.
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Old 11-06-11, 07:36 AM   #3
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Brooks and VO are all I have used. If you are worried about theft, maybe a seat cover would disguise it enough.

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Old 11-06-11, 01:25 PM   #4
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Thanks, Grishnak. My plan is to haunt the junk shops and used bike part stores looking for a saddle like yours. But I thought someone on the forum might be able to recommend a shortcut.
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Thanks, Marc. I have a cover for my Brooks saddle that's been great for both weather and disguise. But I still get nervous leaving that bike locked up out in the city for too long.
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Thats sensible,its as easy to lose a Brooks cover as it is a whole Brooks.I hope you turn something up soon.
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Yea, now that they are fashionable , people steal Brooks saddles.

have you considered a suspension seat post? there are cheap $20 ones..
and then you can fit a cheap plastic saddle and worry less..
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Thanks, Grishnak. My plan is to haunt the junk shops and used bike part stores looking for a saddle like yours. But I thought someone on the forum might be able to recommend a shortcut.
I a lot of the old ladies Schwinn's came with those. I have at least one in my parts bin (broken spring, haven't gotten around to fixing it.)
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Fietsbob, I hadn't even considered that. I'll give that option a look.
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See if you can find any old bikes. Like from the 60s. I've got a saddle from an old Coast King on one of my bikes and find it comfortable.
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A nice mattress saddle would be just the ticket. Very comfortable for shorter trips.
Here's one
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Classic-Padd...item2eb8fe9dad
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A work of caution on the mattress saddle. I have a old schwinn speedster I keep at the office for an errand bike with mattress in very good condition. It does not attract thieves, it is springy, but much to my surprise for a ride any longer than a mile and it is ridiculousy uncomfortable. Just riding it the 8 miles to my office was memorably bad, the shape is truly awful for spinning. For a slow speed cruise around block or to the store, they're fine but IMHO they may not be a good choice for a commute of any distance. OTOH they are dirt cheap and plentiful, so trying one out would be a a pretty easy thing, as long as you have the right seat post or the seat has rails. The vintage ones don't just pop on to a modern seat post.
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Can anyone recommend a pretty good sprung saddle that is upright-comfortable (and maybe can sit out in the weather) without being too expensive and alluring to thieves?
Velo Newport. If the cover is cloth, spray with shoe water repellent.
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Seems every garage sale I go to around here I find one of these. Many are labeled Schwinn and they are very comfortable when seated upright. I stopped buying them when I got to 6.


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I just looked at the photos above of the one linked as new. The old ones I have been finding don’t have the plastic form inside they have about 10 tension springs from front to back. I will have to look closer I think the old ones were leather also.


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A work of caution on the mattress saddle. I have a old schwinn speedster I keep at the office for an errand bike with mattress in very good condition. It does not attract thieves, it is springy, but much to my surprise for a ride any longer than a mile and it is ridiculousy uncomfortable. Just riding it the 8 miles to my office was memorably bad, the shape is truly awful for spinning. For a slow speed cruise around block or to the store, they're fine but IMHO they may not be a good choice for a commute of any distance. OTOH they are dirt cheap and plentiful, so trying one out would be a a pretty easy thing, as long as you have the right seat post or the seat has rails. The vintage ones don't just pop on to a modern seat post.
+1. I was surprised by how uncomfortable the original "mattress" saddle on my 3-speed was. No amount of adjustment would make it agree with my underside.
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Velo Newport. If the cover is cloth, spray with shoe water repellent.
Thanks. I hadn't even considered cloth covered saddles, but I have some water repellant spray already.
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A work of caution on the mattress saddle. I have a old schwinn speedster I keep at the office for an errand bike with mattress in very good condition. It does not attract thieves, it is springy, but much to my surprise for a ride any longer than a mile and it is ridiculousy uncomfortable. Just riding it the 8 miles to my office was memorably bad, the shape is truly awful for spinning. For a slow speed cruise around block or to the store, they're fine but IMHO they may not be a good choice for a commute of any distance. OTOH they are dirt cheap and plentiful, so trying one out would be a a pretty easy thing, as long as you have the right seat post or the seat has rails. The vintage ones don't just pop on to a modern seat post.
I had a Schwinn Speedster for a few years. It's true that its saddle was terrible for long rides. (The bike, too.) But I love my sprung Brooks B67 so I know sprung saddles can be comfortable.
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What about this? $13

How much of a difference will the sprung one make compared to unsprung?
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I had a Schwinn Speedster for a few years. It's true that its saddle was terrible for long rides. (The bike, too.) But I love my sprung Brooks B67 so I know sprung saddles can be comfortable.
Indeed, just not those....
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What about this? $13

How much of a difference will the sprung one make compared to unsprung?

That's what I'm looking for. This might be the winner. Thanks!
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Foam padding? Eww.

But for $13, you're not out much if it doesn't agree with you.
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