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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.DSC0000010.jpg

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by go_jake View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by go_jake View Post
    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.


    On edit:
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 2_i View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by modernjess View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by go_jake View 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.
    Indeed, just not those....

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    Quote Originally Posted by matchpoints View Post
    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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