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Old 01-08-07, 06:35 PM   #1
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What saddle do you use?

I am curious what the most common/prefered saddle is. I am in the process of trying out all different sorts and would like to atleast try some that seem to be popular. Anyway can you please write

What saddle do you use?
How far do you usually ride?
Male or Female?
How satisfied are you with the seat?


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Typical ride 40-50 miles up to 80
Somewhat satisfied. It eliminated the numbness entirely which was a problem. I had tried 3 previous saddles. After 50 miles or so it starts to feel hard. Nothing I haven't handled obviously
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A Brooks Titanium Swift, comfortable from day one tested up to 1400km LEL and good
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What saddle do you use? Brooks B17
How far do you usually ride? Up to 1200km randonnees
Male or Female? Male
How satisfied are you with the seat? Extremely
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What saddle do you use? -- Brooks B17, of course ... is there any other brand for long distance cyclists??

How far do you usually ride? -- Usually 10,000+ kms a year including everything from short, relaxed rides after work to 1200K randonnees.

Male or Female? -- Female

How satisfied are you with the seat? -- EXTREMELY!!! I've got over 25,000 kms on it now, and it is the most comfortable saddle I've ever owned by far!!
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fizik carbon ti aliante (i rock brooks b17 and pro on my other bikes)

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110 miles or so miles so far.

way satisfied.

i had my geared bike (IF ti club racer) built up plannin' on a brooks pro. my lbs had to order so they had an aliante they put on til it came in. man o man do i love me some aliante!

my roots are in fixed gear and brooks of course, but if ya get a chance try out the aliante.
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Saddle(s): Brooks B17's on my Specialized Sequoia and currently on my Trek 520. The latter used to have a B67 with North Road bars until three weeks ago. On my Trek 930 MTB, I have a B67 because it's been road-morphed for long rides.

How far: Medium 40-50 miles during the week, to 80-100 if I have time on week-ends.

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Very satisfied. I've learned. I won't use anything else but thick hide leather saddles.
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For some people the B17 doesn't work. I'm one. I suffered mightily with my B17. Twice, on longer rides, I had hematoma's the size of a lemon. Not pretty, and no fun. I took three weeks off the bike to recover both times. The first time I thought the seat wasn't broken in. The second time, months later, I switched. I had close to 4000 miles of breaking in. I switched to a selle-anatomica http://www.mcmwin.com/images/R0010582.JPG It was narrower and floated with my body. There is no break in and is waterproof.
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What saddle do you use?
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Koobi PRS www.koobi.com
Up to 200 miles at a shot and my shortest is commute which is 45 roundtrip
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Brooks B-17 Champions Special on 3 different bikes. Oldest one has approximately 20,000 miles and is definitely the fave. I ride between 4,000 and 6,000 miles per year, and longest ride yet is RAIN twice (160+ miles).
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For some people the B17 doesn't work. I'm one. I suffered mightily with my B17. Twice, on longer rides, I had hematoma's the size of a lemon. Not pretty, and no fun. I took three weeks off the bike to recover both times. The first time I thought the seat wasn't broken in. The second time, months later, I switched. I had close to 4000 miles of breaking in. I switched to a selle-anatomica http://www.mcmwin.com/images/R0010582.JPG It was narrower and floated with my body. There is no break in and is waterproof.

Ditto for me. 800 or so miles of breaking in and my B-17N was still looking (and feeling) like it was right out of the box.....like it was made of granite. BAD problems w/ numbness and saddle sores which were keeping me from doing any longer rides. I switched back to my stock saddle and have been OK since, but I'm looking for alternatives.

....and yes, it was professionally fitted to me (and the bike).
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....and yes, it was professionally fitted to me (and the bike).
Well there you go... that was the problem right from the get-go!
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250-300 miles per month, longest ride 40 miles.

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Very satisfied

I also use a Specialized Alias but am less happy with it. It starts to get uncomfortable after about 25 miles.
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For some people the B17 doesn't work. I'm one. I suffered mightily with my B17. Twice, on longer rides, I had hematoma's the size of a lemon. Not pretty, and no fun. I took three weeks off the bike to recover both times. The first time I thought the seat wasn't broken in. The second time, months later, I switched. I had close to 4000 miles of breaking in. I switched to a selle-anatomica http://www.mcmwin.com/images/R0010582.JPG It was narrower and floated with my body. There is no break in and is waterproof.
Count me as another hematoma sufferer. On the second day of last year's 600K (my first), on a Brooks Pro modified by Selle-Anatomica, I had hematomas that made it feel like I was sitting on walnuts. Very unpleasant. Got the same thing again the day after this year's 300K so switched to a different saddle for the rest of the SR series. This saddle is now on my commute bike but it probably won't see long distances again until it is extremely worn in. The new Selle-Anatomica's use a different leather, which I haven't tried.

I also tried a pre-aged Champion Flyer (B-17 with springs) for this year's 400K and 600K, and did not get hematomas, but did get a bruised butt -- in order to avoid numbness, I have to sit way back on the saddle, basically with my sit-bones right on top of the metal frame. Ouch.

So now I'm riding a Specialized Avatar for all my long distance rides, 200K and up, including BMB, for a total so far of 2600+ miles. It's very comfortable, and I haven't got numbness, bruises, or hematomas from it, though I'll admit that by the end of BMB my butt was very sore. But on BMB, I rode the last 25 miles with Machka and Rowan, who apparently favor B-17's, and if memory serves, they were pretty happy to get off their saddles, too. So maybe the bottom line (bad pun) is that your butt's going to be sore if you sit on it for four days of pretty-continuous pounding on BMB pave.

That Koobi PRS looks interesting, but I wonder if I would find it too "bouncy" feeling? Plus, I have the widest Avatar, which is 155 mm, while the widest PRS is 148. The AU Enduro comes in 155 -- wonder why they don't make a wider PRS. Oh, well. The Avatar does a pretty good job of absorbing road shock, you can feel it flex a bit when you hit a bump hard.
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Serfas Terrazo Select.

Over 5000 miles using.

Typical ride between 30 and 100 miles, 2 to 5 times a week.

Never sore. Never rubbed. First thing I bought for the new bike.

But everyone likes/needs a different saddle.
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Brooks Team Pro and B17

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Rides are generally 40 miles and up

If I did not like them I would not ride them.

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What saddle do you use? Terry Butterfly Tri Gel http://www.terrybicycles.com/detail....tem_no=2164300

How far do you usually ride? 20-30 on 2-4 weekdays, 50-70 on most weekends, centuries on some weekends

Male or Female? Female

How satisfied are you with the seat? Very happy. I used a cheap (yay!) Performance men's saddle for years, and was perfectly happy with it, and then, all of a sudden, I couldn't stand it. (??) I tried a new version of the same saddle -- still no good -- and then probably 4 or 5 others before I found this one. I was choking on the cost, but it's been worth it!
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Count me as another hematoma sufferer. On the second day of last year's 600K (my first), on a Brooks Pro modified by Selle-Anatomica, I had hematomas that made it feel like I was sitting on walnuts. Very unpleasant. Got the same thing again the day after this year's 300K so switched to a different saddle for the rest of the SR series. This saddle is now on my commute bike but it probably won't see long distances again until it is extremely worn in. The new Selle-Anatomica's use a different leather, which I haven't tried.
I am not sure I understand what you mean by modified by Selle Anatomica. If I recall, too, your riding position wasn't with drastically low handlebars, and maybe the Pro wasnt' the best option in that case.

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I also tried a pre-aged Champion Flyer (B-17 with springs) for this year's 400K and 600K, and did not get hematomas, but did get a bruised butt -- in order to avoid numbness, I have to sit way back on the saddle, basically with my sit-bones right on top of the metal frame. Ouch.
No, that's not good, either. A set-back seatpost might have solved that. But the difference in damage between the Pro and B17 sort of illustrates my point.

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So now I'm riding a Specialized Avatar for all my long distance rides, 200K and up, including BMB, for a total so far of 2600+ miles. It's very comfortable, and I haven't got numbness, bruises, or hematomas from it, though I'll admit that by the end of BMB my butt was very sore. But on BMB, I rode the last 25 miles with Machka and Rowan, who apparently favor B-17's, and if memory serves, they were pretty happy to get off their saddles, too. So maybe the bottom line (bad pun) is that your butt's going to be sore if you sit on it for four days of pretty-continuous pounding on BMB pave.
You're probably right when it comes to the roads used by BMB... they are the worst roads I've ever ridden a randonnee on, and I thought the roads in New South Wales were bad. Sweat issues play more a role for me, along with tyre pressures. And after the ride back from when we abandonned on BMB, it was probably leg soreness more than anything for me. But the real measure for me is being able to get back on my Brooks once a month only (like it has been for the past three months) and ride a century without any butt problems at all.

I've just been whiling away the time building up a fixed gear. I had the option of five saddles that had been collected over the years, and I picked a leather-covered plastic one. Well it was a butt-hatchet for sure. I tried a couple of others, and settled on a plastic one made by Radical (?) that seemed just fine while pedalling on the trainer.
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I am curious what the most common/prefered saddle is. I am in the process of trying out all different sorts and would like to atleast try some that seem to be popular. Anyway can you please write
What saddle do you use?
FG: Brooks Swift
LD: Brooks Swift
Commuter: Brooks Team Pro
How far do you usually ride? 10,000+ miles/year
Male or Female? Male
How satisfied are you with the seat? Very

The trick to riding Brooks - apply liberal coats of Neatsfoot oil. You buy it in a shoe store, it is made
for leather. Do not use the Brooks Proofide. I originally used that on my Team Pro. After 3000 miles it
hadn't broken in. Switched to Neatsfoot oil. Broke in nicely in 2 weeks.

Neatsfoot Oil:
http://www.leatherfactory.com/produc...number=2260-24

And Licktons has Brooks saddles at the best prices:
http://www.lickbike.com/searchsite.asp?SEARCH=brooks
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I never thought i would find a saddle that i liked more than my beloved B17, but i decided to try the anatomica titanico saddle and I have to admit i think it's even more comfy than the B17. No break-in required at all.
I would describe it as a B17ish saddle, but a bit longer, which gives it even more of a 'hammock' feel than a B17. It is shaped a tad differently, and I don't know why, but for me fits even better. If this was a public company i'd buy stock in it.
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I took a look at the anatomica titanico saddle (http://www.selleanatomica.com/) and I'm curious for those that have them. What do you do when the leather invariably starts to stretch? In looking at the pictures, I could see no evidence of a tensioning bolt of any kind. Granted I rarely have to adjust mine, but I'm wondering if anyone has had one long enough to experience saddle sag?
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there is a tensioning bolt that takes an allen to tighten the leather in the nose. The leather is actually very soft and "loose". Some have termed the saddle a hammock style.
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What saddle do you use?
FG: Brooks Swift
LD: Brooks Swift
Commuter: Brooks Team Pro
How far do you usually ride? 10,000+ miles/year
Male or Female? Male
How satisfied are you with the seat? Very

The trick to riding Brooks - apply liberal coats of Neatsfoot oil. You buy it in a shoe store, it is made
for leather. Do not use the Brooks Proofide. I originally used that on my Team Pro. After 3000 miles it
hadn't broken in. Switched to Neatsfoot oil. Broke in nicely in 2 weeks.

Neatsfoot Oil:
http://www.leatherfactory.com/produc...number=2260-24

And Licktons has Brooks saddles at the best prices:
http://www.lickbike.com/searchsite.asp?SEARCH=brooks
Blackbird, I have a new in the box Swift (British Racing Green) will that neatsfoot oil alter the color any? Do you apply to underside as well, or just the top?
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