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Old 02-02-10, 03:41 PM   #1
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Saddle wear

Was wondering if anyone else has a saddle they just loved turn on them after 3 yrs? My saddle of 3 yrs has suddenly given me numb nuts? it was fine this summer with 7,000 k on it no trouble? Now I am on the trainer and it,s not good.
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Old 02-02-10, 03:45 PM   #2
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Have you used it much on the trainer before? Stationary cycling differs from the "real thing" in subtle but significant ways, often enough so to cause problems.

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Old 02-02-10, 03:50 PM   #3
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Have you used it much on the trainer before? Stationary cycling differs from the "real thing" in subtle but significant ways, often enough so to cause problems.

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Guess it's time for a new one. Saddles take a beating and that's better than you taking a beating. Once your hide wears out it's hard to get a replacement.
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The padding takes a beating and loses its cushioning properties. My recumbent seat pad (2 1/2" thick) has to be replaced every season. Just the wy it is. bk
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Both of us just changed out our saddles after 25,000 miles of usage.
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Old 02-03-10, 01:13 AM   #7
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Was wondering if anyone else has a saddle they just loved turn on them after 3 yrs? My saddle of 3 yrs has suddenly given me numb nuts? it was fine this summer with 7,000 k on it no trouble? Now I am on the trainer and it,s not good.
I had a Terry Fly go south on me after 3 years and 16,000 miles. I'm 230 lbs. Partially my fault, saddle scraped and tore onm side, then went south from there.

11,000 miles and two years on the new one, no problems so far!
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Saddles are mysterious to me.

Last summer I went through a stretch where the saddle on my bike I ride for long distances felt terrible for the first 20 miles of every ride. Then it would settle in and feel great. Then after a few weeks it felt perfect again. I don't fully understand it, but I've assumed that something else is going on (subtly) that changes my position...maybe something else is sore and I'm sitting slightly differently.
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Old 02-03-10, 07:27 AM   #9
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I had the same experience with a saddle that I had ridden hundreds of miles. ridden for lots of metrics and centuries and all of a sudden decided it just did not like me anymore. I had to change to a different model. It's the cycling gods.
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Sometimes it may not be the saddle that changes.
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I have heard 2-3 years @ 5000 miles per year is about the max for a saddle. I have a men's Terry, more of a touring saddle, that just started to pull apart last fall. I guess I should plan to replace it this year. Not sure if I will get the same model, or a different one. I will probably stick with Terry.
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I have heard 2-3 years @ 5000 miles per year is about the max for a saddle.
I get much more life than that from my saddles.

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Old 02-03-10, 12:10 PM   #13
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Had a Flite Titanium from 94 till 2001. Then had a Prostatectomy and it hasn't worked since. The replacement that did work was a Flite gel max- nearly the same saddle but with a bit of padding- and still use it now.
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Old 02-03-10, 09:48 PM   #14
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I have a San Marco Aspide with over 20,000 miles on it and the cover is starting to wear out. Shame is it's as comfortable as ever and I don't want to change it.
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