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    saddle question

    i have moderate carpal tunnel syndrome and after a few miles on my fitness/comfort bike, my hands start bothering me. i recently installed some Nitto north road bars which greatly helped. but since i am now riding in a more upright position, i'm thinking i need a somewhat wider (and softer?) saddle. my rides are mostly under ten miles. can anyone recommend an appropriate saddle for my setup that won't break the bank? i considered a Brooks B-73 but they're pretty pricey. i was hoping to find something under $50, but maybe the B-73 would be worth my scrimping and saving. thanks for your input........tonyg

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    For shorter rides a softer saddle will be more comfy. Try Surfas saddles..... but for rides over 10-15 I'd op for a firmer saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grampy™
    For shorter rides a softer saddle will be more comfy. ..... but for rides over 10-15 I'd op for a firmer saddle.
    +1 on this. Soft is only comfortable for a very short time. Firm and wider is the way to go.
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    Try the Brooks B-67. Its a great saddle with a wider seat.

    I use a Serfas RX split saddle on my MTB for less than 20 or so miles, but if I take it on a long day tour I switch out the seats to the B-67.

    For what it's worth, I had periodic back pain until I bought an Aeron office chair about 8 years ago. The pain went away within a week, and the chair is one of my better purchases, even though it was several hundred dollars. My point is, if you're not comfortable you are hurting yourself a little bit at a time. If you can, spend what you need to for a good saddle.

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    Assuming your current seat was fine before you added the Nitto bars (which I'm a huge fan of myself) you need to adjust the angle of your seat back a very small amount. This will compensate for your more upright postion, and perhaps get you back into the comfort zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Paulie
    Assuming your current seat was fine before you added the Nitto bars (which I'm a huge fan of myself) you need to adjust the angle of your seat back a very small amount. This will compensate for your more upright postion, and perhaps get you back into the comfort zone.
    This is correct- before spending out on another saddle that has to be run in- and the pain that goes with that- Try adjusting the saddle angle. On the Tandem I sit down a lot more and I try to get it that the sit bones take the weight and the Butt in front of the bones is just supprted by the saddle. You may be different so try adjustment before spending. Another thing to try is lifting out of the saddle a bit more often. Try it down hill -or down slope first- or top of the hills just lift out of the saddle while pedalling.

    One thing some people do is forget that while sitting- you are cutting circulation so lifting the weight off the saddle for 5 seconds or does help tremendously.
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    Brooks is best

    I adored my Brooks saddle. It was and is the most comfortable ride I've ever had.
    Then someone stole the bike and the saddle. I've now got a standard issue one on the Trek that has a week or so to let me know if it suits. If not, it's back to the Brooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monoborracho
    Try the Brooks B-67. Its a great saddle with a wider seat.

    I use a Serfas RX split saddle on my MTB for less than 20 or so miles, but if I take it on a long day tour I switch out the seats to the B-67.

    For what it's worth, I had periodic back pain until I bought an Aeron office chair about 8 years ago. The pain went away within a week, and the chair is one of my better purchases, even though it was several hundred dollars. My point is, if you're not comfortable you are hurting yourself a little bit at a time. If you can, spend what you need to for a good saddle.
    Both the B-66/B67 or B73 are excellent saddles. Pictured is the 30 year old B-66 that is on my daily commuting bike. This saddle came with the Raleigh Superbe I bought new in 1976. The B-73 is approximately 6 years old and is currently on my Schwinn Balloon Tired bike. Talk about comfort!

    Also don't believe all the old wives' tales about required special treatments and/or break-in routines. I've never treated these saddles to anything but all natural sweat; they have been comfortable since day one.

    The difference between the B66 and B67 is the method of attachment to the seat post. The B66 is for the traditional method of attachment, the B67 is for the micro adjusting type seat post. The difference between the B66 and B73 is nthe spring at the front of trhe B73. The shape and size of the leather is identical.
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    To completely get rid of your carpel tunnel syndrome AND sore butt, (and/or sore back) throw your DF bike in the trash heap along with your padded shorts and "biking boxing gloves" and get a LWB recumbent. Heh! Always have to stick it to you wedgies when this type of topic comes up over and over, again and again! Ha!

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    I wondered how long it would take for some 'bent geek to chime in

    The Brooks Flyer is another possibility. Not as wide as the others mentioned, but wider than most standard saddles. It is the same as a B17, but with springs.
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    I have a Brooks B67S arriving tomorrow. It's not easy to find but it can be gotten from Harris Cyclery, where I ordered it (at a good price too.) This is the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. You won't have to break it in either, it is good right out of the box.

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