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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-18-05, 07:44 PM   #1
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After reading the threads last week about women's saddles and gear ratios, I've decided to build a fixed gear for my lady. I think I'm going to get the Brooks Team Professional-S (women's version is shorter, see pic!) in the honey color but I've noticed it's quite a bit more expensive than the black one. Does anyone know an online store that has good deals on this saddle? If I can't find a store, then I suppose I could get the regular b-17 in the same color- have any women on this forum tried both? Thanks for the heads up and your help!
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Old 10-18-05, 08:05 PM   #2
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I've decided to build a fixed gear for my lady
Here's a novel idea: SHOW HER. It will give more value to the experience. And the both of you can do something together. Trust me.
If you build a bike for her, it might not be what she wants. And isn't that the point? It is something for her.
The best night of my life was spent working on bikes with my girlfriend.

I hope you reconsider building this for her, and instead build it with her.
That said, ask her what saddle. She will be the one riding it. Go to bike shops together and talk about what kind of bike you want to give her, part by part, so she understands it all.

Anything less is wrong.
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Old 10-18-05, 08:07 PM   #3
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[QUOTE='[165]'][quote=onlythebest]I've decided to build a fixed gear for my lady
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Here's a novel idea: SHOW HER. It will give more value to the experience. And the both of you can do something together. Trust me.
If you build a bike for her, it might not be what she wants. And isn't that the point? It is something for her.
The best night of my life was spent working on bikes with my girlfriend.

I hope you reconsider building this for her, and instead build it with her.

That said, ask her what saddle. She will be the one riding it.
hmm this is a good idea. i was initially going to surprise her with it for her birthday but maybe it could be a work in progress. thanks for yoru suggestion
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Old 10-19-05, 09:49 AM   #4
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I agree with [165]. My boyfriend and I just finished my bike, and it was so much fun working on it together (and smooching in between wrapping the handlebars and installing the pedals). Tee hee hee. I have the Brooks Finesse, and my butt is oh-so-happy. A good friend has the Team Professional S and she says "I should be a spokesperson for Brooks because I love it so much." I would go with a women's version, no matter which saddle you choose, b/c they are generally wider and easier on our "sit bones." If she's never had a Brooks before, tell her to tough it out through the first couple months of riding it--it might hurt until it completely forms to her shape. But man is it worth it. Good luck!
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Check out Permaco
http://www.permaco.com/
They have a good selection of 'S' models and pretty good prices.

I ride a Pro 'S' and a regular b-17 and a b-17 champion special (thicker) ... they are all good. The cheaper b-17s definately have thinner leather and I think I prefer the stiffer saddles. The pro S is my most comfy ... but I haven't tried a B17'S' Champion Special which might be just as great.

Good luck!
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