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    saddles

    I was wondering if anyone has tried the hobson seat?

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    Looks too scary to me.


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    Yeah, It is kind of scary looking. Don't need one of those fancy gizmos though. I think the seat on my Rans recumbent is the best seat in the house. Even more comfortable than my office chair! Can you say rolling Barcalounger?

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    My husband bought something similar to that one many years ago. He used it once on a 15 mile ride, and then it disappeared and I never saw it again.

    His primary problem seemed to be with bike control...saddles are designed with a nose up front for a reason. The shop I work at sells something called "The Seat." We only have two of them...I think we've had the same two since we started carrying them. Periodically someone will buy "The Seat" and a couple of days (or weeks, depending on how soon they ride their bike) later, "The Seat" will come back to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeLady
    His primary problem seemed to be with bike control...saddles are designed with a nose up front for a reason.
    If you are using the nose of the seat to control or steer your bike, your doing it wrong the nose is not there for you to grip. I use "The Seat" on my commuter and have one on my mountain bike. You need a few miles to get used to it but after that it is the most comfortable seat I have used. I have a few thousand miles one one of them. The only reason I don't use it on my Softride is because it just doesn't seem right and it doesn't look right.
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    Looks like a 'nads nipper.
    Uhmm...

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    i looked into this seat when i was upgrading my nut squisher, and you actually require a nose on a seat for proper control. there are plenty of ergonomic comfort seats available that work really well. i just put a specialized comfort on my raleigh outland and its much nicer than the stock seat i had.

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    If you are serious about cycling, get a Brooks B66. You will use your bike more with the very comfortable Brooks B66.

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    I have to second the Brooks B66. Love it.
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    I've got one, and haven't missed the saddle horn. I just got a road bike a couple of months ago, am using the seat it came with, and am pretty happy with it.

    But for a year before that, I rode a Raleigh SC30 - a low end sports comfort model. I never got used to the seat that one came with, and replaced it with the Hobson seat. It took two or three adjustments, but once I got it right, I didn't experience any numbness at all on my usual 25-mile route.

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    Hello Chuck, I bought a Hiobson but kept slidding off. How did you adjust it to not slide off and not have the sides of the saddle hurt your thighs? I ended up with "The Seat" by Ergo; fantastic ride.
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    Hi Roger. Basically, in addition to the forward-back and tilt-up and down, there is a little thumb-screw on each - I don't know what to call them - cheek holder, I guess. This allows you to move them closer together or farther apart along the sideways horizontal bar they attach to. It took an adjustment after each of 3 or 4 rides to get it so they were placed correctly under my "sits" bones.

    It is a very individual thing to get right. When I got my free 6-month tuneup, the guy at the shop said he couldn't understand how I could ride it. He couldn't get comfortable on the seat - it kept pressing on the back of his thighs.

    But once it fits, numbness is a thing of the past.

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    I love the Terry liberator race series. Ironocally, the lady liberator didn't really fit that well. I tried my bf's race model and love it. No padding, but its shape makes up for it.
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    Brooks all the way. Have the Swift on one bike and the B17 on the other. The best saddles I've ever used. No comparison.

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    brook,s by far ......once broken in cant beat them

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    The Wall Street Journal did a story about several "odd" seat ideas, so I bought one of these to try out. It just did not feel right to me during a short trial. I suspect that had I spent a few weeks fine-tuning the setup and learning how to sit on it, maybe I would have liked it on my beach cruiser.

    Interestly, most of the current "odd" saddle ideas can be seen in books about cycling from the 1890's. These are not new ideas.

    Instead, I ride Specialized Body Geometry saddles. A wide width/medium firm on mountain bikes, and a medium width/firm on road bikes. When my bikes are set up right, these saddles put my weight on the "sit bones" and not on the crotch area. Very comfortable for me.

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