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Old 02-18-05, 10:40 AM   #1
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I have a touring bike and road bike both with the same traditional type saddles. Each bike has the same saddle and I DO like it.

BUT I can only manage about 4-5 hours on the thing before I just want to quit, not so much numbness in my 'YAHOO' but just plan soreness all around. Sure, I get off the bike, stretch and such but it never helps for long.


I was wondering about replacing my touring bike saddle with one of the hornless types, as found here. http://www.spongywonder.com/
http://www.atwphoto.com/spongy1.htm

I met a guy last summer who had one and he liked it, the only problem, he said, was getting use to going from a standing position to a sitting position. Without the horn it takes a bit of getting use to finding the saddle in order to sit.

I was wondering if anyone had ever tried it on these forums and what did you think of it?

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Old 02-18-05, 11:00 AM   #2
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When I owned my own store, I had a customer rave about the wonders of a similar looking product called the EZ-Seat so I decided to stock a couple.

I never did sell those things! Whenever somebody came in who had saddle complaints, I'd tell them to bring their bike in and I'd install an EZ Seat for them to try in the parking lot. I did several test rides, but no sales. I finally let them go with a box of assorted other crap when we closed the store. I wonder if the shop owner who bought them ever got ride of them?

Now keep in mind that the reason I originally bought them was because I had a positive review so some people obviously LOVE them. The fact that I was unable to sell mine and the fact that you just don't see any around are evidence that the odds are against you.
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Old 02-18-05, 11:11 AM   #3
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The Wall Street Journal did an article about "innovative" saddles, and I bought several just to give them a try on my beach cruiser. Due to a lack of patience, I only tried each saddle for a day or two. I did not like any of the saddles that lacked the "traditional" nose. Maybe if I had tried them for a few weeks I might have figured out how to like them better.

I try to get up off the saddle at every opportunity, to stretch my legs and let blood circulate. And, I like to get up on the pedals a bit on rough pavement, using the saddle more to position myself than for actual support. The "nose" on the saddle makes it easy to get up and down and get a good position on the saddle.

After "trial and error", I found that the Specialized Body Geomentry saddles (and their "clones" from WTB and others) worked the best for me. A wide model with medium cushion on beach cruisers. A medium wide model with firm padding on mountain bikes. A medium/narrow model with very firm padding on road bikes.



In looking at books with photos of bikes from the 1890's, I have seen versions of every saddle available in 2005. Most of these "new" saddle ideas are about 110 years old.
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Old 02-18-05, 11:34 AM   #4
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I love my Spongy Wonder. I got it about 6 months ago after several long rides, and a few... um... "this has never happened before" moments. Now I'm good.
I have had men of nearly all cycling ages approach me from the 19 year old to the 64 year old prostate cancer patient all voicing similar problems to mine. At first, the seat was a bit hard to ride and balance on. But one gets used to it.
Any detraction from the "conventional" riding approach is more than made up for in the assurance that 1) I will be riding in to my 90's, and 2) Drink, drugs and cancer might do it, but my bike won't make me impotent.
It's a bit harder on the wrists, and you might have to get a setback seatpost if your toptube isn't long enough, but aside from that, it rocks.
And as for the getting used to bit: Well, I didn't give myself a choice. It was either this, or no bike. And damnit, I like riding my bike.
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Oh. This thing again?

I think Bicycling magazine had an article on a seat that was similar, called a Bummer. It was made out of an inverted drop handlebar with webbing draped between the grips.

No thanks, I have a grooved seat but I like the horn.

In the five or so years I did triathlons, I saw ONE of these saddles on a bike.

Butt (sic.), seats are a very personal choice. If it's comfortable, go for it!
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You can adjust the regular saddle with horn tilt down and get the same effect. You kind of have to keep pushing your butt backward so that the horn part of the sadlle doesn't touch between your legs though.
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- - Seems to me that the horn provides lateral stability; helps keep the butt from sliding sideways off the saddle.
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You can adjust the regular saddle with horn tilt down and get the same effect. You kind of have to keep pushing your butt backward so that the horn part of the sadlle doesn't touch between your legs though.

Hey, that's a good idear and gives me one too...

Digger, you need a hacksaw? I got a spare one if ya do.
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Hey, that's a good idear and gives me one too...

Digger, you need a hacksaw? I got a spare one if ya do.

No thank you, I have a hacksaw.
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So you, jefferee, bump, so you are reporting yourself?
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