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Old 08-06-06, 05:26 AM   #1
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Saddle Search

There's always lots of threads on these forums about saddles and I know there's a saddle swap thread somewhere but I'd rather deal with the small niche of people on the forum I most trust.

I'm looking to get either a Brooks B17 or a Terry Fly. If anyone has one lying around and they'd like to do a deal without the dramas of eBay please let me know. I'd also consider a Specialised Alias or one of the other Terry models.

If anyone's interested, I have a Sella Italia SLK which is lying around unused. Bought it (used) based on great reviews but it and my butt didn't see eye to eye (so to speak). I also have an original Giant OCR1 Sella Royal Viper which is basically brand new.


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Old 08-06-06, 08:13 AM   #2
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I'm right there with you on the SLK. I've tried both the foam and the gel and after 60-70 miles tears were streaming down my cheeks from the road chatter being transmitted up through my body.

Like you, I'm on a similar quest. Saddles could very well be the most personally specific item on a bike.....

The Terry Fly looks intriguing to me as well, but at this point I just don't want to experiment. When you find one, I'd be curious to know your experience with it.
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Old 08-06-06, 11:02 AM   #3
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Saddles are very personal. I have about 1000 miles on my Specialized Avatar. Either I have it adjusted wrong or it just isn't "the" one for me. It really starts to bother me past 30 miles. Yesterday, my wife and I took the Bianchi's out for a 50 mile ride. The new bikes have the stock Bianchi saddle on them. I have to tell you that mine was much more comfortable. Time will tell I am sure.
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The Quest Continues

A couple of weeks ago I started the quest for the ideal saddle.

Over the last year and 4,000 miles I was using the Fizik Aliante. The saddle worked for me but on long rides over 50 miles my butt had a generalized hurt.

My first attempt was a Specialized Toupe. Very hard with specific pressure on the sit bones. Too hard for me and after 120 miles I have given up on it. I can see that people with too much pressure on their privates would like this saddle but my sit bones couldn't handle the point load.

Next I tried the Fizik Arione. I have 60 miles on this saddle and it is better than the Toupe but it strikes me as similar to the Aliante so why not move back to the Aliante.

I have just purchased the Terry Fly Ti and I plan to give it a try later this week.

I have some lingering general butt pain from the Toupe so I plan to lay off the bike for a few days before trying the Terry Fly.

I am 6 ft. 2 in. and around 190 lbs. I think many of the comments for some of the saddles pertain to much lighter and younger riders. I am 53.

I have plans to ride a century in 3 weeks but only if I work out this saddle problem. At this time, I should have stayed with the Fizik Aliante. Maybe the Terry Fly will prove to be better.
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I have a good, if somewhat unusual, saddle. You can
watch it work here. Btw, I tried 3 different Brooks with this bike before
winding up with a Titanico. I also tried an Avatar ( OUUUUUUCH!)...
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Old 08-07-06, 08:06 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by dauphin
Saddles are very personal. ...
That's why I paid only $5 for a near-new Brooks Pro in 1972 -- the first owner couldn't stand it. Thirty-four years later, it graces my 1959 Capo and remains comfortable.

When I bought my Nishiki in 1971, the first thing I did was to replace its padded vinyl saddle with the tensioned leather saddle from my 1962 Bianchi, causing a friend to remark, "Ah -- all the discomforts of home." I broke in the Nishiki on a 50mi / 80km ride the next morning.
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Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
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