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Old 07-18-12, 03:07 AM   #1
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seat or saddle

got an old schwinn,old road bike,changed handle bars easier for my hands,,next i need a seat ,this one is too rough..what the best one for the money,,i dont want a seat that wide as a chair,,just small with springs....when your over 50,bumps take a toll on you...i still can ride about 10 miles a day....thanks
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There really is no "best" seat. By using the search function you'll quickly discover there are lots of thoughts about what is best. Each person will have different requirements based on size, type of riding, conditioning, etc. I'm not sure why you want springs (don't know what kind of riding you'll do), but if this is a requirement, you might take a look at several models from Brooks. Be advised, however, that they may cost more than your Schwinn.
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And there are Suspension seat posts to take out some bumps..

nicer ones, like Cane Creek are parallelogram pivoting,
with a weight of rider compensating elastomer switching option.

[maxes out at 220#]
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Is that your bike on your avitar? Do you ride it that way?

If so the first thing that I would suggest would be to find someone local to work with you on your position on the bike. A lot of aches and pains that are attributed to an uncomfortable saddle are actually being caused by poor body positioning on the bike.
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Old 07-18-12, 08:47 AM   #5
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no but my bike is just like that ecept put hybrid handle bars on it,,,brooks seats are nive,but worth more than bike,,,
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Comfy saddles with plenty of cushioning or gel are fine--for about 5 miles.

The comfortable saddle is one that is firm- has minimal padding- is normally narrower that you think it should be and FITS.

Saddle width to fit the butt is the ideal and get yourself off to a Specialised dealer and ask for the Buttometer fitting. Then find an excuse to get out of the shop without buying and just get out and ride. Takes a while for the butt and saddle to get attuned to each other--and that can occur with new fitted saddles aswell.

And on the suspension seat posts-- the ones that work will be twice as much as your schwin.-- I know- I have one on the Tandem--the only bike that needs one.
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Old 07-18-12, 06:45 PM   #7
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I agree with those who say stay away from springs. I think you can find a 'decent' road saddle in the $40 range, maybe less on eBay. Agree with Stapfam, get the right width and minimal padding ( and a decent pair of bike shorts).
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