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Old 09-23-08, 11:22 AM   #1
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What kind of Saddle

I was looking for a thread to see, what kind of saddle would be recommended, I am riding a early 80's Falcon steel bike, about 12miles daily then every once in awhile I will ride up to 36 miles. I am currently using a specialized telluride that is getting worn out. Any suggestions?
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I'll go first.....Brooks B-17! It'll be perfect for that bike.
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I'll go first.....Brooks B-17! It'll be perfect for that bike.
I'll Second the brooks recommendation. Not only is it the most comfortable saddle made, but it would be a perfect fit for your ride.

I have Brooks B-17s on both my commuting bike (2000 Bianchi San Remo frame) and my fun bike (Peter Mooney custom steel frame)
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I'll be the first to warn you that there are certain butts that will not be entertained by a Brooks- Of any age, any price or any letters that are after the name.
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I'll throw my 2 cents in with the B17 crowd ------- what they said. Lp
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i have a brooks b-17 on my commuter, and a terry fly on my roadie. saddles are a very "individual taste" kind of thing. good luck in your search.

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Brooks Pro -- 50k miles / 80k km and counting ...
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Brooks Imperial. With the cut out. It should be available soon. Keep your eye out.

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I'll be the first to warn you that there are certain butts that will not be entertained by a Brooks- Of any age, any price or any letters that are after the name.
Charlie P,

While this may be true, try one from Bill at wallbike.com, he gives you a six month trial period. He'll tell you that the return rate is VERY low!
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Any LWB recumbent seat will do you fine. Easyracers and Sun EZ series seats are particularly comfortable. bk
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Be sure not to give up on whatever saddle you get until you've ridden it for a month or so.
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I think that finding the right saddle is a hunt and peck kind of thing. A saddle that suits one person well might feel like a picked fence to somebody else.

I will say this: When you find a saddle that suits you, buy two because when the first one wears out that exact model won't be available anymore. Brooks is an exception to this rule.
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I'll put in another vote for a B17. A little pure neatsfoot oil will help it break in faster.

BTW, when I was looking for some most places had never heard of it. When I asked they looked at me as if I had an eye in the middle of my forehead. Tack shop is the best bet.
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I'll put in another vote for a B17. A little pure neatsfoot oil will help ruin it faster.
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I was looking for a thread to see, what kind of saddle would be recommended, I am riding a early 80's Falcon steel bike, about 12miles daily then every once in awhile I will ride up to 36 miles. I am currently using a specialized telluride that is getting worn out. Any suggestions?
Take a look at the new Rido R2. A bit strange-looking, but their previous model is the most comfortable I've ever ridden and they are very inexpensive.
I'll be getting the R2 soon.
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I'll put in another vote for a B17. A little pure neatsfoot oil will help it break in faster.

BTW, when I was looking for some most places had never heard of it. When I asked they looked at me as if I had an eye in the middle of my forehead. Tack shop is the best bet.
Not to change the subject, but I think that the stories about breaking in Brooks saddles are greatly overstated. I've got three of them and about 100 miles of ordinary riding with no exotic treatments has been adequate for me.
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Give whatever you have a chance before changing. Any saddle is uncomfortable to an unhardened butt. Most saddles that come on decent bikes are fine once you adjust to them. This adjustment might take a few hundred or a bit more miles.

A note on the Brooks cult... While Brooks users are far and away the most vocal, as far as I can tell out on the road they are still in the small minority. While riding the TransAmerica I saw very few Brooks saddles among the long distance riders (I can only remember one). On nearby century rides there is a similar dearth of Brooks saddles.

I am not saying this to knock Brooks saddles, but to point out that the impression you will get from the discussion forums is not matched with what you are likely to see on the road. Some people love them, but they do not have the universal acceptance that you might assume from reading forums.

My personal experience is that they are comfortable enough when new, but nothing all that special. I didn't like mine after it was really broken in and after a lot of wet weather riding. I didn't find it to have advantages that outweighed it's heaviness.

Personally I have the saddles that came with most of my bikes still on them and would be OK with any of them for a coast to coast trip as long as I had some base miles in on it.

The saddles I would avoid are anything too wide or anything too padded.
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Saddle recommendations are worthless. Any place the rider and the bike come into contact is an area for choices made by that particular rider because what works great for one might be awful for another. So when it comes to saddles/shorts, gloves/bars or pedal/shoes its best to experiment yourself.
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My vote also based on the info provided. Keep in mind that saddle choice and comfort is different for almost every rider. Go to some of the posts on saddles on the road section. For every comment saying saddle X is the best thing since sliced bread there is someone calling saddle X a torture device.
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I bought a Terry Fly saddle as a rainy day stand in for my Brooks B17. I found it to be very comfortable for about 30 miles, but then my bottom starts crying out for its Brooks. Now I carry a plastic grocery bag to use as a rain cover for the B17 and the Terry is on one of my mountain bikes where I rarely sit long enough to pass the comfort limits of the saddle.
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I just got a new Brooks B-17, and took my first ride on it today. It was only 22 miles, but I have to say I was very happy with it. Yes, it's pretty hard, but the shape seems to be a very good fit for me, and after 22 miles my butt wasn't sore at all. I have no doubt that when it gets broken in it will only get better. I have no intention of trying to speed up the breaking-in process with any kind of snake oil products. I will break it in with my butt over the next few hundred miles.
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One of the problems on saddle fit is the width. What size butt do you have and how does it match up to a saddle width?

Specialised shops have a Seating foam in which the can tell what width and quality of saddle they want to sell you. Does not always relate to how big the butt is as it measures the sitbone width. I am small- almost "Petite" but according to the specialised shop- I need a 165 mm wide saddle.

And then there is the type of bikes aswell. Mountain or comfort bike and you would normally need a wider saddle as you will be sitting down more. Road or Mountain bike and you need a narrow nose to the saddle so you do not chafe.

None of which works for me as I just buy the San Marco "Aero" or the Selle Italia "Gel max" in 145 and they fit me on all the bikes----Except the Tandem. There I do need a wide saddle and the Selle "Trans Am" is ok for about 65 miles.
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Brooks Imperial. With the cut out. It should be available soon. Keep your eye out.

Why go for the imitation when you can have the real thing?

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Saddles and arses take time to adjust.

HI,
My first bike this year was MTB with a WTB saddle with V_ cutout , it seemed a little rude with its hard nose and upward tilt.
Then I learned how to adjust the seat correctly, what a difference 1/2 inch can make.
Now I have been riding 4 mos on the MTB bought a vintage ROadie of E-Bait, and the first ride gave me saddle sores , This was on a good old broke in B17, I believe that the slight change in pedals and angles of attack actually caused me to change my ridding style and apply pressure to a new place that wasn;t already caloused up, hence the painful rub, SO I went by my LBS and bought some of the glide stuff for the undercarriage, it really sticks there and prevents some of the rub.
I am sold on Lotion for the motion rubs,
The cheeaper seat seems fine now. I have the B17 on the Vintage roadie and its sweet ride..
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if you buy a b17 only use the brooks saddle conditioner its less likely to strech the seat.
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