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Old 07-10-02, 07:23 PM   #1
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Saddle help?

I really need to get a new saddle for my Trek 6700. The one that came stock on it is killing me. One in particular that I'm looking at is the Selle Italia prolink gel comp. It looks nice and they say it will adapt to the shape of the rider and follow your movements while riding, which sounds like it would be really comfortable. My question is this. I weigh about 245-250 lbs. If I bought this saddle, would I be asking too much from its "composite" rails to support my large frame? If that's the case, can anyone suggest a comfortable saddle that would also support me without worries of breakage? I don't mind paying a lot as long as it feels good.

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Old 07-10-02, 07:39 PM   #2
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Well you could try a schwinn comfort seat, looks pretty much like the old 60's style bike seats.
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I don't think you'll have a breakage problem, but you may have to try several different saddles before you find the one that is just right. Some dealers will allow you a trial period with exchange priveledges. TERRY, known for women's saddles, also make some fine men's seats.
There is no right or wrong, one size fits all, in saddles. There may be as many as 50 different companies offering saddles and each of them has 10 to 20 different models for differnt kinds of Butts and different kinds of riding.
Look through the archives here, you'll find dozens of recomendations and evaluations of many different brands of seat, but not one that is right for everyone. I'm afraid it is trial and error. Basically, though, any quality saddle should handle your weight.
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Old 07-11-02, 02:40 AM   #4
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Brooks leather saddles adapt to your shape, as well as coming in narrow and wide wersions, so fit most people. There are a couple of reasons for not using them, including weight fetish and vegetarianism, but the plus sides of several decades of comfort outwweigh the downside which is a few weeks of breaking period and some minor, but regular care and maintainance.
I dont know of anyone who uses a Brooks who doesnt like it.
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WWW.WALLBIKE.COM has the best prices and a wide selection of BROOKS saddles. With a 6mo. no question warranty.

I weigh 250+ myself and its the only saddle that is comfortable. I can ride a century and everything hurts except my butt.
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Saddle comfort is achieved through the following:

1) Your "sit bones" are directly supported by the wide part of the saddle. It's necessary to know how far apart your sit bones are, something easily determined by sitting on something soft with your knees drawn up, and measuring the distance between the deepest parts of the depressions you leave behind.

2) The front part of the saddle is sufficiently narrow that you don't actually force yourself onto the nose of the saddle through the motion of your thighs pushing against the wide part of the saddle.

3) No padding that can compress your soft tissues, especially in the perineal area. For many people the opposite -- a hole or slot in the saddle where it would contact the perineum -- is helpful.

4) Careful leveling of the saddle. For most people, dead level is the optimal position. Changes from level should be made in very tiny increments. Saddles tilted radically forward or backward almaost always indicate that there is a seriious problem with the fit of the bike.

4) Careful positioning of the saddle. Obviously, if the reach to the bars is too far, you'll tend to move forward onto the nose of the saddle. You should move the saddle forward on the rails. A saddle that's too low encourages the rider to sit on the back edge of the saddle.

Wearing clothing that retains moisture and has seams that chafe can also sometimes cause problems that are then mistakenly attributed to the saddle.

I wouldn't worry much about rail material, but I wouldn't pay extra for exotic metal, either. I've ridden many thousands of miles on SI's manganese rails without problems; I weigh about 210.

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Agreed with LJBike. LBS is probably better than online for finding the right saddle. Ask them for trial period and exchange priv. Pay a little more so that you can get the best fit saddle.

When trying out, do not just ride around the block. Spend at least an hour on the saddle to get a good feel for it.

In my case, I would have to ride 3hr+ to say if it may any difference (this is about where my old saddle hurts...just replace yesterday and will try this weekend).

By the way, bike short can make a real difference. If the padding is thin, worn, or have stitching in the wrong places, it could be less comfy. Have you considered good pair(s) of bike short to complement the saddle?
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I've been looking at a "wide" range of saddles. My love life is good and would like to keep it that way and ride more. The "Spongy Wonder" looks strange but may be an odd looking answer to this problem. Any input from open minded and experienced riders? I'm not currently a hardcore road or trail rider, and probably will never get that deep into it, but I definitly need to ride more than I do now.
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A properly adjusted saddle will not give you any trouble with your love life. (I remain skeptical that even an improperly adjusted would.) If you find that you are riding too much on the middle-to-forward part of your crotch, then try pushing yourself radically backward on the saddle (which may require pulling the saddle forward a bit). Make sure you're riding on the sit-bones. The width of the saddle should be tailored to them more than anything else.

If you are new or returning to cycling, don't forget that you need to give your legs and butt muscles time. As they get stronger, they will support your weight better, taking the pressure off of the soft tissues. As Sheldon Brown reports, bike shops sell a lot of saddles just as the weather turns nice in the Spring. It's not that the old saddle has gotten harder, it's that the muscles have gotten softer.

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WWW.WALLBIKE.COM has the best prices and a wide selection of BROOKS saddles. With a 6mo. no question warranty.

I weigh 250+ myself and its the only saddle that is comfortable. I can ride a century and everything hurts except my butt.
1oldRoadies,
the link you have pasted, is not linking, I tried going to the linke several times, I could not access it
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Old 07-19-02, 06:47 AM   #11
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I know the site and company is still there, It's probably the stupid caps try this: http://www.wallbike.com
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Old 07-19-02, 07:23 AM   #12
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I bought mine here:

http://www.permaco.com/cgi-local/Sof...93c+1036410491

It was a few bucks cheaper a couple of months ago.
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Old 07-19-02, 07:31 AM   #13
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Thanks for the new site.

But they do not appear to have WALLBIKES unconditional guarantee. This would not be important to me. but to someone in search of a better ride, the ability to return a high priced saddle that didn't make them happy could be very important.
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Old 07-19-02, 07:49 AM   #14
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You're right 1oldRoadie, I never noticed.
But for me personally, when a saddle carries the name "Brooks", that's all the guarantee I need.
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Old 07-19-02, 07:58 AM   #15
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I like the Specialized Body Geometry saddles--a lot. The split helps protect the soft tissues down under, and has kept me so far from going to a recumbant.

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Yeah, but some people swear at them, not by them. They just can't get used to the fact that a hard piece of leather can be the softest ride and want "superfoam" instead.

And Wallbikes gaurantee is for happiness not just material and workmanship. And if you notice they don't have a large supply of returned saddles in the used box.
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