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Old 07-07-08, 10:14 PM   #1
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Comfy Seat upgrade for Hybrid upgrade

Any specific suggestions for a very comfortable seat upgrade for a hybrid? Thanks.
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Old 07-08-08, 08:49 AM   #2
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Any specific suggestions for a very comfortable seat upgrade for a hybrid? Thanks.
Hands down here you go, Specialized Expedition Plus.
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Old 07-08-08, 09:06 AM   #3
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Do you have any particular complaints about your saddle, Bialy? I ask because I recently changed my stock hybrid saddle, but I opted for something with a slimmer contour. My stock saddle forced me to choose between sliding forward onto the nose to ease pedaling, putting intolerable pressure on my groin; or staying back in the sweet spot, the wide bridge of the nose intolerably hampering my pedaling efficiency when I wanted to pedal at a sustained moderate-to-fast rate.
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Old 07-08-08, 09:37 AM   #4
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I swapped out my stock saddle for a Terry Fly then a Brooks B17 Narrow. I like the Terry and the Brooks equally for different reasons but keep the Brooks on for everyday; the Fly for winter.
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Any specific suggestions for a very comfortable seat upgrade for a hybrid? Thanks.
Depends on the hybrid model your bike may be.

Performance hybrids, extend you forward across the frame as the bars are often only slightly higher than the seat. And upright hybrids, place the handle bar higher, allowing more of weight to be on your sit bones.

I have the latter design, and found the original seat was uncomfortable after 8 or 9 miles. Upgraded to a version of the Brooks B17, (Imperial, tester), and have had been comfortable since. (rides very well with street style clothing, too) Included images for reference. On bike and the old and B17I on the right.
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Old 07-08-08, 11:59 AM   #6
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I just realized the OP said Hybrid and not Comfort. The Expedition is great for a comfort bike. For a Hybrid I am in the B17 camp. I have a B17 on my Trek 520 with several thousand miles. I will be getting another B17 for my Marin Novato.
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Terry has a great selection of men's and women's saddles.
I'm on my third Terry Fly. My latest is a Terry Fly for the Cure.
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Odd but wonderful

Since you asked, but were not specific.

Upon returning to cycling heavier and in decidedly worse shape, I couldn't find a seat that didn't cause numbness. I was about to give up cycling again before finding my spongywonder hornless seat. After getting in better shape used it on a 540 mile tour.

I'm hesitant to broadly recommending them, as they are not for everyone. They take getting used to, and proper adjustment is paramount. With all my weight on my hip bones, you get some local discomfort there. When sitting back down after standing up, it is harder to center yourself until you get used to it.

A local rider purchased an inexpensive copy on ebay, and it was unridable.

There is another company making something similar but spring loaded called a spiderflex. I've never seen or ridden one in person, so can't recommend it, but it looks interesting.

After 4-5 years the spongywonder is now on the bike I'm training on the most, usually my hybrid bike. I also have a seat with a big cutout that is tolerable to swap out.

When my relative injured his prostate riding a dirtbike, he bought one too. =]

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Old 07-20-08, 03:30 AM   #9
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Hang on to the old saddle. After my legs built up and my arms got use to riding I went to a narrower and harder saddle then the wide cushy one that came with the bike. My wife now uses the old saddle on her MTB and I use a Brooks Professional saddle. If you start riding more and more you may just want to return to the old saddle.
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I didn't realize there are certain sorts of seats for different kinds of bikes (there is?). I just bought whatever seat I wanted and stuck it on my hybrid.

My hybrid does have me sitting fairly upright and this is the seat I adore: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=9207800

Yes, from walmart lol. I know, not a LBS. But it works for me. It took a little getting used to the first time I sat on it but I'll never go back.

Now I recommended it to a friend because it works so well for me and it didn't work for her when she tried it. I'm tall and she isn't...maybe that's why. And we have different bikes so that could be why too (I have a hybrid, she has a mountain bike).
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