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    Saddle advice

    I just recently purchased a se lager and so far i love it! i'm making good use out of my bike but the seat has to go. i know selle san marco has some good saddles but i can't find much about reviews for specific saddles. if people could chime in one what type of seat they're riding and their feedback/reviews/opinions. thanks!

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    Several hundred reviews -

    http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/co...S_2509crx.aspx

    http://www.mtbr.com/cat/controls/saddle/PLS_140crx.aspx

    http://bicycleseatreviews.com/

    ..And the happening news in the world of saddles is that Charge are selling an authorized clone of the classic Selle Italia Turbo called the Bucket for 15-20...
    Last edited by meanwhile; 09-01-09 at 06:44 AM.

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    I think that saddle selection is a hunt and peck process. If you think that you're average, reviews by other riders might improve your odds. In the end, the only thing that matters is how any individual saddle matches your individual fanny.

    Personally, I'm a Brooks fan. I have to admit, however, that Brooks aren't for everybody and they are a kind of pricy experiment.

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    As noted there is a lot of data on the forums about saddles. As Retro Grouch says, it is very personal and a trial and error process. I have tried fizik arione/aliante/gobi/vitess hp, selle italia pro-link, sell san marco slr, specialilzed toupe/phenom/alias, terry fly/zeroY, and some others. Width of sit bones and how you are fitted to and ride your bike matter. I found the hard support the sit bone saddles don't work for me, but I do need more width than the 130mm saddles with padding offer. So far, the fizik aliante and vitesse HP (the latter a women's saddle--I am a guy) feels the best for me. They are both a bit wider but have reasonable padding. Good luck.

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    after trying, and hating, two separate Brooks' saddles, I am pretty happy with my Selle Ellipse Royal with a cutout that costs less than half of what a brooks costs. it really is an individual process for each rider to find one that fits your butt. it sucks, but that's the way it is. I've never done it, but I've heard some shops have a thing where they can measure your sit bones. something like that might help you narrow it down a bit.
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    To demonstrate what both Retro Grouch and rando said - I am now riding on a Brook's B17 on my PUCH racer. And a Terry Fly Ti Gel on my hybrid. I tried the Terry on the racer, and it was quite a pain in the donkey. And I tried the B17 on the hybrid. Ouch! But in the forward position of the racer - the B17 just melted in to me. The BEST! And the Terry on the more-upright position of my hybrid? It melted into me perfectly.

    So the lesson here was: Try a saddle on each type of bike you have. One that kills you on Bike A might be perfection on Bike B. It all has a lot to do with how you will be positioned on the saddles.
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    See my post about saddles in your Introduction thread.
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    thanks for all the replies. i will definitely do my research. it was funny, i tried searching but i guess i wasn't typing in the right keywords. i'll let you guys know my decision in due time.

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    I find saddle reviews to be useless. We are just so different that what works for me doesn't necessarily work for anyone else. I also find that a saddle that is right for me at the beginning of the season might not be at the end. I've been using a Flite Gel for the first 2/3 of the season and then a firmer Arrowhead for the end.

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    I ended up getting the Selle Italia SLR. It's definitely harder than my stock seat. Much lighter as well. Its hard but i wouldn't say it hurts unless i go 10+ miles. Anyone else w/ the SLR care to comment?

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    I have a Brooks B-17 on my touring bike. It's perfect, meaning I don't notice that there is a saddle. It won't work at all on my hybrid, simply because it can't be adjusted far enough forward to get a fit. The Terry Cite Y is much better in that application.

    In other words, more or less what the others said. Just keep trying.
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    Brooks. B-67 or Brooks Flyer. On the expensive side but unrivaled for durability and comfort.

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    I have a question, i have the se lager and i flipped my stem so that it's now pointed down, vs up (how it originally came). I like it b/c of the more aero position, however i do find myself leaning over more and after reading the posts, it seems some saddles are better for a more forward position, correct?

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    I use a Terry Liberator Y on my grocery-getter hybrid and a Terry Liberator Race on my every day commuter. The Liberator Y is a bit wider and a bit spongier, so it soaks up bumps a bit more. The Terry Liberator race is a a narrower seat, but still comfortable. Both are excellent saddles.

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    Over this past month i've been progressively riding more and more and yesterday i went on a 12mi ride and today i wasn't as sore as i thought i would have been. The previous time i did that 12mi ride my backside was pretty sore but today after doing that ride again, it's pretty good.

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    you need a new recumbent bike


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    lol

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    I love my brooks b 17, don't even notice it. In my opinion position is ritical to comfort. If you do get a brooks it will take a while to break in. After 500 miles mine was ok...but it toook a good 1000 to get truly comfortable.

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    Brooks b17 on my commuter (surly LHT) where saddle and bars are about even in height. It was stiff for the first few weeks, but now is almost not even noticed while riding!
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