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Old 07-07-09, 10:16 PM   #1
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Saddle with springs for Captain

We bought our tandem used, and it came with a saddle that was way too narrow for my sit bones. (I'm pretty big at 6'4", so my proportions may be a bit of a challenge)
The bike has drop bars. I have been using an old mountain saddle I had laying around, and it's not cutting it.

As we have been using it more, I think a saddle with springs may be good for me. In order to keep momentum (and stay in sync with my stoker), I don't coast and post over bumps as much. My stoker says she does pretty well with her suspension seatpost.

I've used wider cruiser-style saddles in the past, but they seem to cause more chafing than something with a more narrow nose. Also, I have heard these are better with handlebars higher than the saddle. My handlebars are about 1.5 inches lower than my saddle.

Does anybody know of a saddle with springs that doesn't have too wide of a nose? I've seen some Brooks saddles that look like what I want, but they are a bit costly, and I don't think I'm ready to plunge into leather.
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Old 07-08-09, 06:56 AM   #2
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My wife and I only have about 500 miles on our tandem, but my experience as captain is that the ride on a normal road saddle is pretty cushy. You're sitting in the middle of a long wheelbase and there will be fewer instances (versus a single) where you will feel the urge to "post". I'm sure someone will weigh in with spring saddle expertise, however. For bad bumps I would think you'll want a signal (e.g., "bump") that alerts the stoker that you're going to coast over a bad one.
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When I read your post, all I could think was "Brooks Flyer!" It's a B17 with the addition of springs.
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Old 07-08-09, 08:31 PM   #4
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A Brooks is an inve$tment, but well worth it for most folks.
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Old 07-13-09, 12:07 PM   #5
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I found an old leather road bike saddle with springs in the used bin at a local shop for $5. It's certainly not as well made as a Brooks. It actually may be a bit too narrow for me. But for $5, it's certainly worth a try. It may end up being a great find.
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