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    Replacing the stock saddle on a Dahon Curve - suggestions?

    This is pretty subjective, but who's found something good to replace the stock saddle? Budget is $30-50.
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    I check out the LBS for take off saddles from higher end bikes and a cheaper price. I like saddles from Specialized.

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    actually Dahon puts ( relatively speaking) good saddles on their bikes .. there are really no throw away saddles like you see on may other bike lines ....

    I like the Dahon Air FLow as it seems to be a little thicker and denser than most...
    other people like Brooks ....
    than other would be happy with a real man saddle
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/real-man.html

    its VERY SUBJECTIVE in other words ...

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    I agree it's subjective. I found the stock Dahon seat to be too soft. Because I wanted more support and like a firmer fit, the Brooks saddles worked great for me.

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    I think you'll pay close to US$90 for a Brooks B17 standard seat. But IMHO, it's worth every butt-sparing penny. It's what I have on my Curve D3.

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    This seller always has good deals on the B17 http://cgi.ebay.com/Brand-New-Brooks...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Quote Originally Posted by sotto View Post
    I think you'll pay close to US$90 for a Brooks B17 standard seat. But IMHO, it's worth every butt-sparing penny. It's what I have on my Curve D3.
    I just ordered a B17, but for my road bike. It would truly be overkill for a bike/train commute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I just ordered a B17, but for my road bike. It would truly be overkill for a bike/train commute.
    That comment seems to indicate you have relegated the Curve to short distance duty only. There's nothing that necessarily makes it a short distance machine, except perception and comfort. You can do something about both.

    All my bikes have Brooks saddles, except the Swift has a weight weenie Spyder which gets ridden while wearing knicks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    That comment seems to indicate you have relegated the Curve to short distance duty only. There's nothing that necessarily makes it a short distance machine, except perception and comfort. You can do something about both.

    All my bikes have Brooks saddles, except the Swift has a weight weenie Spyder which gets ridden while wearing knicks.
    For the moment, yeah, it's my short distance bike or the backup for longer rides when the road bike is in the shop. It's more that my Randonee is a truly awesome bike than that the Dahon isn't. Of course, a better saddle could change that. I also can't afford two Brooks saddles.
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    I got a Rido, going cheap. Perhaps the most comfortable saddle ever invented, hand-crafted by individually picked Taiwanese virgins, then lovingly assembled using only the finest organic materials, finally, handsomely gold-plated, and wrapped in rare unicorn feather by a team of highly trained eunuchs.

    Guaranteed to add 25 mph to your speed, improve virility, cure warts, and imprint next week's winning lotto numbers on your bum.

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    I have a Rido on my Curve. Mine is not the model worked on by virgins but it glows in the dark. I think it comfy and a great replacement saddle.
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    mrbrown, I see on your Flickr photos that you attached locking grips to your curve. Were you able to find a pair of grips with one shorter to allow for the twist shifter?
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    Try RiDo

    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    This is pretty subjective, but who's found something good to replace the stock saddle? Budget is $30-50.
    Get a RiDo, it's cheap so you can try it without the risc of losing big money. I've got one, tried it and never take it off my bike (Brompton). It's a great saddle for little money.
    "A trip on my Brommie, -or is it the Airnimal Joey?- makes me smile. . ."

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    OK, if everyone is throwing down love for Rid,o, how about posting some links to where it can be ordered?

    I want a unicorn feather!!!!11

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_school_dave View Post
    OK, if everyone is throwing down love for Rid,o, how about posting some links to where it can be ordered?

    I want a unicorn feather!!!!11

    PM me your address. A Yellow Rido saddle will wing its way to you asap. Gratis.
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    I have a Rondine saddle on there at the moment, left over from my road bike. It's more comfy than the stock saddle, but it's not quite the right saddle to ride in street clothes. Time will tell.
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    I'm sending Neilfein the free Rido saddle ( part-used), for his contribution to bicycing-kind. We await, with baited breff, his report, and subsequent anatomical analysis... Currently, I'm fresh out of Unicorn feathers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    mrbrown, I see on your Flickr photos that you attached locking grips to your curve. Were you able to find a pair of grips with one shorter to allow for the twist shifter?
    Oh you mean the Ergon R2M grips? Ergon sells the package with both the same length, and also the kind like mine, which are shorter on the right side to accommodate the twist shifter of the Curve.

    They are notoriously difficult to find, at least in my country. I bought the last few of the lot and even the local distributor only carries the same-length ones currently with the twist shifter ones on back order.

    Some dudes in Taiwan have been known to cut the regular ones themselves to fit but I am told it looks less than nice.

    I like the Ergons a lot. My only complaint is that bar-end mirrors cannot be mounted properly if I use them.
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    I'd settle for the individually picked Taiwanese virgins in lieu of the unicorn feathers. Hahaha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbrown View Post
    Oh you mean the Ergon R2M grips? Ergon sells the package with both the same length, and also the kind like mine, which are shorter on the right side to accommodate the twist shifter of the Curve.

    They are notoriously difficult to find, at least in my country. I bought the last few of the lot and even the local distributor only carries the same-length ones currently with the twist shifter ones on back order.

    Some dudes in Taiwan have been known to cut the regular ones themselves to fit but I am told it looks less than nice.

    I like the Ergons a lot. My only complaint is that bar-end mirrors cannot be mounted properly if I use them.
    I had Ergons on my MTB and they're pretty awesome. mrbrown, did you have to buy two sets?
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    Quote Originally Posted by old_school_dave View Post
    OK, if everyone is throwing down love for Rid,o, how about posting some links to where it can be ordered?

    I want a unicorn feather!!!!11
    Yo Old School... no need to order, save your money, you can have my Rido if you haven't already received a bunch of free offers from overseas.. ridden a couple of times.. guranteed to do whatever Snafu says.. also comes with full money back warranty .. of course, if it's not your cup of tea, you need to keep the chain alive.

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    Kind of off-topic but regarding the Ergons, are the bar ends any good/useful? I've never ridden a bike with bar ends and the basic GP1 model seems good enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjw View Post
    Kind of off-topic but regarding the Ergons, are the bar ends any good/useful? I've never ridden a bike with bar ends and the basic GP1 model seems good enough.
    If you want barends, you'e much better off getting separate ones. Like this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I had Ergons on my MTB and they're pretty awesome. mrbrown, did you have to buy two sets?
    Not at all. The set came with a long left side and the shorter right side. I like the bar ends included but I think I will get the model with no bar ends for my MU P24, then add one of those bar end mirrors from Topeak to kill two birds with one stone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbrown View Post
    Not at all. The set came with a long left side and the shorter right side.
    Where did you get that? I've not found that anywhere.
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