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    Quote Originally Posted by john.b View Post
    If you don't already know, your bike shop should have some sort of saddle demo program that will let you try saddles for a few days or a week until you find one that works for you. If they don't, look around until you find a shop that does.
    Now this is what I call good advice. I am now into the Bontrager program that allows one month to try any of their saddles after buying one. The key is of course to find a shop that carries a lot of their models which I have. I'm on the second one that MAY work- the Nebula Plus 154. Thanks go out to all who took their time to share serious advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    I run Performance Forte Classic saddles on all my bikes. They have some padding. Sort of like a Terry Fly built with better materials and cheaper. Yes, I still ride centuries and doubles at 68.
    You da' man CF, not a boy! No more doubles for me but still a few centuries per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michaelnoaka View Post
    That title got your attention didn't it? Good. Maybe you can help me out here. I'm tall, thin and have a bony butt that does not fare well on standard saddles. For years I've been just fine using the discontinued Titec Berserker downhill mtb saddles on both road and mountain bikes. Recently I got a newer carbon road bike and that kind of saddle just looks bad on it. Not long ago I switched to a WTB Pure V for my mtb and it works ok on a full suspension. I've been trying it on the newer road bike and I don't think I can do a century on it, not enough padding although the shape and size is good. I need a long saddle with extra padding that looks halfway decent on a nice bike. Any suggestions? My sore posterior thanks you!
    Quote Originally Posted by Michaelnoaka View Post
    My original post hinted that I do centuries. Why would you think that I need to learn to ride? Maybe you need to learn how to evaluate and respond to a simple question?
    I did evaluate and respond to your question. It may not have been the response you are looking for, but would you rather I not give you my honest opinion? I've done many long days in the saddle and the most comfortable ones are the firmest. You learn to ride, absorbing the bumps with you legs, not smacking your cheeks and boys. The most comfortable saddle I've used are the Selle San Marco Regal or for a light weight saddle Selle Italia SLR. I've done +Centuries in both and my butt was never sore.

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    My Brooks was pretty comfy but the quality was pretty iffy. It started to tilt a bit or maybe always did. This is the design but the rails were short too. I am tempted to (hopefully I did not mention this already) the Berthoud from Wallbikes. Once I convert my 10-speed to 11-speed, I may just do that. Leather seems hard but also has enough give and support. While the Berthoud is thicker than the Brooks, it may work out well. Wallbikes has a 6-month return policy.

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    It's not about padding, it is about matching the saddle width to you sit bone width. Find the right width saddle and your problems will be solved.
    Robert

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    In addition to finding the correct width to fit your sit bones, proper seat height and position will also make a difference. Also, on rides greater than 60+ miles, I'm grabbing my favorite "long mile" chamois. A good chamois does make a difference in comfort on long rides. It does take a while to condition the butt and toughen up that "thin skin".

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