Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-26-07, 08:45 PM   #1
N_C
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
N_C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bannation, forever.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Brooks seat for recumbents.

I never had a Brooks saddle when I had my wedgie. After all the talk about them on the forums I got to thinking about a Brooks seat for recumbents. Would that not be a bad idea? A recumbent seat that breaks in to the riders body shape? The pad could still be used & the Brooks leather part would be the seat part you sit on. The back would still be the material it is now for recumbents, depending on which make/model you have. It would almost be like a horse saddle.

Or is this not a good idea?
N_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 06:20 AM   #2
aikigreg
Recumbent Ninja
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 2,135
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can only imagine how bad it would stink....
aikigreg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 09:10 AM   #3
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: In Central IN
Bikes: RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
Posts: 13,526
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 53 Post(s)
What I like about the Recumbent sub-forum, and also BentRiderOnline, is that I can come here, or there, and not have to read about Brooks saddles. And now you done went and mentioned Brooks saddles.
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 09:30 AM   #4
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 9,093
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
How would you get it to 'form?' Support it all the way around the perimeter and let it stretch? Attach it in the middle and let it sag everywhere? Even if I saw a problem that needed fixing, I don't think a leather seat base would be the solution. Some people like fabric bases, though; even a heavy nylon fabric has a bit of give to it.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 01:53 PM   #5
N_C
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
N_C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bannation, forever.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just the part your ass contacts would be the Brooks leather part. It would probably be the basic shape that the seat that is on the 'bent. Over time, like with a wedgie bike saddle or a horse saddle it would break in & form to your specific body shape.
N_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 02:14 PM   #6
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 9,093
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
Um... My V-Rex has 3 inches of upholstery foam on the seat base. Leather underneath that wouldn't have any function at all. I'm not seeing how it would 'form' without some uncomfortable initial pressure somewhere. Is there a specific 'bent that you think would benefit?
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 02:47 PM   #7
N_C
Banned.
Thread Starter
 
N_C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Bannation, forever.
Bikes:
Posts: 2,887
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
Um... My V-Rex has 3 inches of upholstery foam on the seat base. Leather underneath that wouldn't have any function at all. I'm not seeing how it would 'form' without some uncomfortable initial pressure somewhere. Is there a specific 'bent that you think would benefit?
All recumbents perhaps. the foam would be under the leather, not the leather under the foam. Once the leather was broken in it would hold it's shape & the foam would shape to it.
N_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 03:30 PM   #8
Doug5150
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: IL-USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,730
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 29 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by N_C
...I got to thinking about a Brooks seat for recumbents....
I doubt there would be much benefit, if any.
I never found leather saddles to be any significant improvement over regular hard-shell saddles.

As I have seen it--many of the same people who insist that a bicycle with a Brooks is perfectly comfortable, are also the ones who've never tried a recumbent in any practical capacity.
~
Doug5150 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 06:55 PM   #9
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 9,093
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 158 Post(s)
The closest parallel I can think of for the bent world is the Corbin seat on Burleys - which was less than successful. And EasyRacers originally put leather seats on TourEasys, but soon replaced it with lycra. Nope, I can't see leather being useful for anything except S&M purposes. And we ride bents to get away from that!
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-07, 08:59 PM   #10
kalgrm
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've got a Brooks saddle on my hardtail MTB (combined with a Thudbuster). On a DF bike, that combination provides me with the maximum comfort possible, and it does so because on a DF, the seat is small and makes contact with the body over a very small area. It needs to support a lot of weight and does a good job of it.

However, on a recumbent, the seat area is MUCH greater. My mesh seat supports my weight without undue pressure on a small part of my body. There is absolutely no reason to replace any part of it with leather which will mould to my body form, since the mesh already does that each time I lie on it.

Whilst I'm a big fan of my Brooks saddle (it solves a problem on the DF bike), that problem simply does not exist on the 'bent.

Cheers,
Graeme

(Doug5150 - great generalisation, but you see it wrongly .... Don't assume that your experience answers the question of comfort for everybody else.)
kalgrm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-07, 12:24 PM   #11
Dr.Deltron
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by N_C
Or is this not a good idea?
Not any better than using a lawn chair for the drivers seat in a 308GTS!

If a "wedgie" saddle were a good idea, it would have been done already.

Sometimes, "outside the box" is only air.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-10-07, 06:03 PM   #12
Paul L.
Senior Member
 
Paul L.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Arizona, USA
Bikes: Mercier Corvus (commuter), Fila Taos (MTB), Trek 660(Got frame for free and put my LeMans Centurian components on it)
Posts: 2,601
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doug5150

As I have seen it--many of the same people who insist that a bicycle with a Brooks is perfectly comfortable, are also the ones who've never tried a recumbent in any practical capacity.
~
My roadie has a brooks on it and on rides over 5 hours the brooks was indeed more comfortable than the other seats I had tried. I still ride it periodically. The Strada gets the majority of miles though, it has the carbon m5 and I find it perfectly comfortable.
__________________
Sunrise saturday,
I was biking the backroads,
lost in the moment.
Paul L. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:07 AM.