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Old 08-13-13, 02:14 PM   #1
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Saddle Question

Is there such a thing as an "ultra/endurance/long-distance cyclist's favorite saddle?" I've done some research and I know how individual and personal saddle choice is, about the padded vs firm quandary, about the cutout vs non-cutout quandary, about sizing and saddle positioning, etc. I'm not a fountain of knowledge, but at this point I'm not totally ignorant, either. I was wondering if there are any specific saddle makes/models that might be the most commonly-seen ones at ultra/endurance/long-distance events. As a second question, what is the most considerably or radically cut-out saddle in the ultra/endurance/long-distance saddle category?
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Why yes. A long-distance cyclist tends to ride a saddle that agrees with them over long distances. Hope this helps.
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Long distance riders have tough butts.
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One of the Selle Anatomica saddle designers and company founders,

Recreationally rode many Double century mile days.. ..


He died in the saddle.. .. Literally..
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fletsbob---Do you by chance know if his saddle was recorded as the official cause of death? The Anatomicas are one of
the brands I've narrowed my search down to but if they have a record of being lethal, that might affect my final choice.
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Do you by chance know if his saddle was recorded as the official cause of death?
A Saddle of Doom, a Sillin del Muerte?

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fletsbob---Do you by chance know if his saddle was recorded as the official cause of death? The Anatomicas are one of
the brands I've narrowed my search down to but if they have a record of being lethal, that might affect my final choice.
Brooks and Selle Anatomica are the most common, but there's some others used, too. I've got a Rivet saddle on my single bike right now, for example.

I think the guy that started the company had a heart attack, if I remember right, obviously unrelated to the saddle.
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Brooks are popular among the RAAM guys.
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Brooks are popular among the RAAM guys.
I'm not too sure about that... I was looking through my pics and they are pretty scarce with the solo guys and pretty much non-existent amongst the teams. There was a wide variety of saddles at the start line. I'd say, they are more popular amongst the rando crowd.
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I'm by no means an ultra-distance guy, but I've done a few centuries and this saddle works well for me.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/u...e/rp-prod56213

Buy from the UK, it's MUCH cheaper than buying in the US. I have had Brooks saddles and I have a SA saddle on another bike, but for prefer the Selle Italia.
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I'm not too sure about that... I was looking through my pics and they are pretty scarce with the solo guys and pretty much non-existent amongst the teams. There was a wide variety of saddles at the start line. I'd say, they are more popular amongst the rando crowd.
The old school RAAM guys maybe? Someone told me that Lon Haldeman used to oil the living heck out of his B-17's so that they were only good for a few tens of thousands of kms.
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There is a great variety of saddles seen at brevet and LD race starts. Very individual. I probably notice more saddles of the class "leather" because they are so noticeable, but they're still well under 10%. I think any single model of saddle will be well under 10%. I notice a number of Terry Fly saddles. I think the Selle SMP has the most rad cutout. The huge cutout makes the saddle so wide it doesn't fit between my legs, but some people like it.

If one were going to just randomly try saddles, I suggest the Terry Fly or it's cheaper cousin the Performance Forte Classic or the Specialized Romin.
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One of the Selle Anatomica saddle designers and company founders,

Recreationally rode many Double century mile days.. ..


He died in the saddle.. .. Literally..
To be accurate, Tom Milton, founder of Selle Anatomica, did not literally die in the saddle. He did have his heart attack while in the saddle, about 3 miles from the top of Mount Hamilton roughly 125 miles into the Diablo Mountain Double, a very nasty double century (one I've never been in shape to ride), and he was riding it one week after doing a 400k brevet.

Milton was still alive, however, when he was off the bike and other riders were trying to save his life. A good blog post detailing one rider's experience of the day is at http://bikeridestories.blogspot.com/.../2010-dmd.html and I recommend reading the comments as well as the blog. You can also see a couple more related entries in the May 2010 archive.
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Thanks for that I happened to talk to Tom on the phone , years ago , we did share conversations, about the area ,

since I was born/ raised in Napa Co. and lived in Lake Co. that the Davis Double century passes through every Year.
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The old school RAAM guys maybe? Someone told me that Lon Haldeman used to oil the living heck out of his B-17's so that they were only good for a few tens of thousands of kms.
Yeah, they probably all used to ride Brooks or something similar.
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fletsbob---Do you by chance know if his saddle was recorded as the official cause of death? The Anatomicas are one of
the brands I've narrowed my search down to but if they have a record of being lethal, that might affect my final choice.
I ride a Selle Anatomica and I'm not dead yet.

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There is No Way we can recommend a saddle that will make you happy. It's a crap shot at best. I've tried the Brooks B17 and Swift - they were ok but not perfect for me. I've tried 3 different Selle An-Atomica's and they were ok but not perfect. I'm now trying the saddle made by John Cobb the triathlon guru, but its still not perfect for me. When I'm in great shape they all seem ok but not perfect. When my fitness wanes they all suck. Who knows, maybe next week I will start over and re-test them all
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