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Old 03-05-09, 09:57 AM   #1
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terry fly for men

Ordered one of these last evening. I have had a few issues of late in those sensitive man regions and the doc cautioned me on extended riding which I already knew. I love my B-17's but the last few times I rode there was a disconcerting sensation in those areas so I'm gonna try one of the terry jobs. Anyone have any experience with these saddles good or bad?
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I've had the Terry Fly and found it too soft for rides of longer than 30 or 40 minutes. I tend to sink down into the padding, which creates real discomfort. Currently, I'm happiest with the Selle An Anatomica Tintancio and a Selle Italia SLK. Both seem to work for me. But, as you'll likely note, saddle preference is a highly individual thing.
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Old 03-05-09, 10:55 AM   #3
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I like my Terry Fly. YMMV.
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I used a Terry Fly for one ride last year and I loved it, except for a bit if discomfort in the perineal area, but that is something that probably is specific to me. For that reason I didn't continue using it. However, I felt that my pedalling efficiency increased with the Fly. I'm going to try the Terry Liberator Race this year and I'm expecting I will be able to use it. I use the regular Liberator on my mountain bike because of the more upright riding position.
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I've had a Terry Liberator Y on my touring bike for over a year and I reallyy like it. I've done some 60 mile rides on it with no discomfort. Hope you like your new saddle. I'm sure it will be much softer than the Brooks.
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Ordered one of these last evening. I have had a few issues of late in those sensitive man regions and the doc cautioned me on extended riding which I already knew. I love my B-17's but the last few times I rode there was a disconcerting sensation in those areas so I'm gonna try one of the terry jobs. Anyone have any experience with these saddles good or bad?
You seem to experience problems that saddles like the Terry and some others were made to address. From people I have talked to the Terry fly addresses that issue pretty well. Like you I was concerned with the same things and went to the extream of getting a Selle SMP. I got one with only a slight amount of padding but the Perineum area is free from contact. All I can say is there is a reason for saddles with deep channels or cut outs.
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I sounds like the horse is out of the barn but...I have found it is unlikely that the Terry (or any saddle) will be the silver bullet. I hope it is for you. It was not for me.

Most bike shops in our area allow one to buy a saddle and use it for a few rides. If it does not work, you return it and try another. There is no fee for this and you pay or get refunded the difference as you select saddles. Some shops have demo saddles. I know of guys who tried 6 saddles before they found one they liked. I am testing a borrowed saddle right now.
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I have a Terry Fly that I bought to replace my B-17 on a weeklong ride with rain predicted every day. I found it to be fairly comfortable for 30 to 40 miles. Problem was I was riding about 60 miles per day. When I got back home and put the Brooks back on the bike, my butt felt better immediately.

If you are getting numbness while riding a B-17, I would suspect that your position has changed somehow and your weight has shifted from the sit bones to the perineum. Find that sweet spot again and your problem may go away.
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Tried the Fly, and it didn't work for me. Now I ride Selle Italia max gel flow - both they are smooth; but they just sit different.
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A couple of years ago I finally got the two road bikes to be comfortable and I just use saddles that have a bit of padding and the cutout.

But something went wrong towards the end of last year and even a 20 mile ride started to cause problems. Sat on the saddle and the first thing I did was get the angle right so I could not feel the saddle after 10 minutes of sitting. Then out on a ride and I found that I was not sitting on the wide part of the saddle. My ride position had adjusted itself so that the sit bones were just a bit far forward. I had to keep pushing the butt back in the saddle. I adjusted the saddle 1/2" forward and that was it.

Just seems unusual that it was on both bikes- so something has altered and I don't think it is the bikes.
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I haven't ridden a bike since last September because of Achilles problems. This prostate problem happened last month and I had ridden one day last week so I don't know how much is from being out of the saddle for so long or not. But I will say one thing the infection and ensuing pain was not something I want to go through again. I'll give the Brooks a chance but if the Terry feels good I will more than likely use it.
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I had a Terry Fly and didn't like it. It was too hard. No better than the narrow saddle the bike came with. I went to a Brooks B17. It was way better.
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I haven't ridden a bike since last September because of Achilles problems. This prostate problem happened last month and I had ridden one day last week so I don't know how much is from being out of the saddle for so long or not. But I will say one thing the infection and ensuing pain was not something I want to go through again. I'll give the Brooks a chance but if the Terry feels good I will more than likely use it.
That sounds like butt re-adjustment problems.

And try riding on any saddle after a Radical Prostatectamy- That will make your eyes water.
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Not a Terry Fly, but I've found this saddle to be comfortable: http://www.serfas.com/product_details.asp?ID=58 Might want to check out some of the Serfas RX saddles on the sight also. Have you thought of sending your Brooks to Selle An-Atomica and having them do a cut-out in it for you? http://www.mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm
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I've got two...one on the road bike and one on the tandem...and have never had any problems or discomfort with either. The tandem saddle is newer, and has been redesigned from my original. The original seems to be a tad bit narrower and has less padding. If I had to pick my favorite, it's probably the older one...I'm not sure how I would feel if I swapped saddles on the two bikes.

Unfortunately, saddle comfort is very individualized. What works for me may not work for you. Try it and if it works, great. If not, send it back and try something else.
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I tried it and couldn't get over 30 miles without hurting. I'm back on a Brooks B17.
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Anyone have any experience with these saddles good or bad?
I have a Terry Fly on my Giant TCX and a Terry Fly for the Cure on my road bike.
I wore out my first one so ordered another for my new TCX. The Fly for the Cure is my 3rd. My 64 year old "underside" loves them.
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Keep in mind the Terry Fly comes in several variations. This could explain why some think it's too soft and others think it's too hard.

I have a Terry Fly Gel on one bike, it's fine for up to a metric, which is okay on that bike because no matter what the saddle, I don't like that bike for over 50 miles. On the Portland, I have a Terry Zero-Y. Different shape, similar cut-out, much firmer and definitely an all-day saddle.

That said, Brooks is experimenting with cut-out saddles. A friend is test-riding one for a year. I have seen it with my own two eyes and touched it with my own two hands. (But have not ridden it with my own two buns.)

If you can't wait for Brooks, there's Selle Anatomica. Even comes in colors other than black, brown or honey.

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FWIW, I have a Terry Fly Ti on my CF road and find it very comfortable on high mileage rides.

But I agree with Hermes; you need to experiment a bit to find what works.
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Keep in mind the Terry Fly comes in several variations. This could explain why some think it's too soft and others think it's too hard.

I have a Terry Fly Gel on one bike, it's fine for up to a metric, which is okay on that bike because no matter what the saddle, I don't like that bike for over 50 miles. On the Portland, I have a Terry Zero-Y. Different shape, similar cut-out, much firmer and definitely an all-day saddle.

That said, Brooks is experimenting with cut-out saddles. A friend is test-riding one for a year. I have seen it with my own two eyes and touched it with my own two hands. (But have not ridden it with my own two buns.)

If you can't wait for Brooks, there's Selle Anatomica. Even comes in colors other than black, brown or honey.
+1... I have a TF Gel too and agree that it is comfortable but pretty firm. But it is softening after 25 rides or so. I have yet to do long rides over two hours so can't speak to that.
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I have two Terry saddles, with one being a Fly, and really like both of them.

I should add that I once picked up 4 Terry Fly saddles off of a rack in a bike shop, and 2 were softer than the other two. Obviously I don't know if that difference holds up over time, but there was a surprising degree of difference when new.
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What's the connection with Terry and TFI?

I have two TFI Sport saddles that I bought back when Terry was a young company. The TFI Sport closely resembles the Terry Fly model made today but has a perforated leather cover with no cutout and is made in Italy. The TFI Sport does not carry the Terry logo.

Terry makes a "Terry TFI Liberator" that does not look much like the Fly or TFI Sport yet mysteriously carries the TFI identity.

Here's the TFI Sport on my Bianchi -
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Keep in mind the Terry Fly comes in several variations. This could explain why some think it's too soft and others think it's too hard.

I have a Terry Fly Gel on one bike, it's fine for up to a metric, which is okay on that bike because no matter what the saddle, I don't like that bike for over 50 miles. On the Portland, I have a Terry Zero-Y. Different shape, similar cut-out, much firmer and definitely an all-day saddle.

That said, Brooks is experimenting with cut-out saddles. A friend is test-riding one for a year. I have seen it with my own two eyes and touched it with my own two hands. (But have not ridden it with my own two buns.)

If you can't wait for Brooks, there's Selle Anatomica. Even comes in colors other than black, brown or honey.
I was one of the testers for the Brooks Imperial with the cut out. *&^%$#@ thing nearly killed me. It was the B-17 Narrow and thats what the problem was it was WAAYYY too narrow so I traded it to a fellow forumite for a like new Brooks Pro model that I have ridden maybe 15 miles so the jury is out on that. I'm going to try the Terry when I get it on my commuter bike and see how it feels. I really do love my B-17's and I had some problems early in the season last year till I got some saddle time so we shall see.
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Found the Terry Fly very uncomfortable after about 30 minutes, LOve my Brooks Proand B17. Guess it just depends on your build
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