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Old 05-08-05, 04:11 PM   #1
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Weird Saddle at a Museum

Interesting cyclist photo featured on Hp.com's frontpage. I'll assume she/he is a messanger b/c of the massive solar-powered backpack and vintage bike. No nitto bars, but an interesting saddle.



Is that saddle the one that uses the two foam pads for your butt bones? Anyone got a link for it?
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...153494135&rd=1

they're called Spiderflex saddles. i haven't seen one in person, but i think they're pretty ridiculous looking. maybe this isn't even the same saddle, but it's pretty dang similar.
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This type of saddle has been around for years.
Two independent pads for under each half of your buns. Each pad moves independently as you pedal. Works or some people, but will not work for all!
Sorry, can't recall the brand name.
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They let him bring his bike inside?
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There is a guy out here with one of those. He ries a SS surly I think. I know INKDWHEELS had talked to him before....he uses his for some kind of medical reason, maybe from surgery or something. Kind of absurd looking, but might be functional
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And no one will steal your bike! At least not the grab it and ride off kind of theif.....
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i can't say anything about this spiderflex one..

BUT there's another company who makes a similar saddle (www.hobsonseats.com) that i purchased and tried over the weekend but i didn't like it at all. i wouldn't recommend this hobson saddle for fixed riding, as the stance of it doesn't really work with the large ass-pad design. i kept sliding forward putting more weight on my hands, which meant i would never be able to ride handless on that seat. also the pads extended into my thighs which was really uncomfy. this saddle is better for cruisers or bmx rides.
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I hear they're pretty terrible for any kind of extended riding because while they provide nice sit support the lack of horn means there's nothing supporting you in front and you end up putting a lot of pressure on your hands and wrists.

[ edit: umm, yeah, like turd said. ]
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The one he's got is different than the others in the thread, but it's a similar idea. A friend of mine had onee ffor a while. The two sides don't really flex seperately - they're on a fairly rigid base thing. The one that courier's using has closed-cell foam pads with no cover, with an adhesive back. The saddle comes with a couple sets, and when they're worn out you pull the old pads off and stick on the new ones.

The argument behind them is to get all weight off the taint and the boys, but as everyone else has mentioned, it just pushes you forward onto your wrists.
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i cant get a close look from that picture but it looks like he chopped and refinished a seat him/her self on that one, maybe chopeed a trico or something similar
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i ask myself why no-one seems to be mentioning that stupid looking bag..
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Eh, it's a super big Ortlieb. They're the real deal though not my personal style.
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There is a saddle like that called the spongie wonder-didn't sell well here but a lbs had a couple in stock (probably still do)
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Originally Posted by zonatandem
This type of saddle has been around for years.
Two independent pads for under each half of your buns. Each pad moves independently as you pedal. Works or some people, but will not work for all!
Sorry, can't recall the brand name.
I would say this type of saddle was available during the first bike boom.(I.E) pre car 1890's.
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Wish i could pose with my bike when I'm posing at the art museum. Sh)t.
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I ride one of those. The one in the picture is a different sort than mine. I'm the guy in Hawaii Rancid spoke of.
A few years back I was all freaked out from that article about the nerves and stuff getting crushed, but I just kept riding cause I love it. But there was always that possibility. Then I went on a longish ride around the island and when I got home, problems presented themselves. I didn't worry, didn't worry, told myself it was nothing, but the problems kept on. I didn't have any surgery or anything, but I figured it was either no bike or no, er, functionality.
So I got one of these, the spongy wonder, and the problems went away with no other intervention. After about a year, try as I might I can't force myself back onto any other kind of saddle.
My wrists stopped getting sore after about a month, and I ride my bike pretty often. I'd say sixty or seventy miles a week minnimum for work, sometimes longer quick rides not for work.
It looks stupid as all hell, yeah. I agree. But it works, and that's all I want.
Also, I ride no hands just fine.
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