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Old 09-30-09, 09:41 AM   #1
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Wet saddles die fast

Anyone have any thoughts on wet saddles abrading on the sides of the nose? I'm visiting from the 33 to see if any of you who spend more time in the muck have any advice. My saddles do great in the summer, but die a quick death in the fall when I start training in the rain.

Should I seal the saddle (or at least the tip)? Should I re-cover with some specific material? Change to a different kind of saddle (my Selle Italia SMP fits sooo well...)?
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Old 09-30-09, 09:52 AM   #2
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It's not the wet itself, but the crap that sticks to the wet that becomes abrasive. Sealing it won't help too much in my experience. I've pretty much accepted going through equipment way faster in cross then in road racing.

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Old 09-30-09, 10:06 AM   #3
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Old 09-30-09, 12:51 PM   #4
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My Terry saddles never die, I have one with 2 full seasons of cross plus one winter rain commuting still going strong.
What happens to your saddles, do you have pictures.
If they are in synthetic leather that might be the problem.
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Old 09-30-09, 02:07 PM   #5
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Why not put some thin tape on the area that normally abrades? I'd start with one of your old saddles if you've kept one. Ideally the tape should be thin, stretchy and smooth.
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How about some fenders? I've never had any trouble abrading the side of my saddles - I always scrape up the back side in crashes first (I like Selle Italia Mundialiatas and other old school saddles).
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Don't have any pics handy, but the common ground for the death of saddles for me is that they're all kind of that "Flite" design where the nose is vertically thin. This means the leather on the sides of the nose wraps around an edge rather than falling down a face and wrapping around the bottom. They just abrade on that eased edge on the side of the tip. My chamois stitching does the rubbing right there.

Fenders are almost on the way, actually. I'm going to get some of those Crud RoadRacers, but I need to pick which shady UK dealer to buy them from. Won't be available in the US until mid-November.
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