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Old 06-23-11, 08:38 PM   #1
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Cut out . . .

Stoker Kay was in need of a new saddle of 30,000-some odd miles on our Zona tandem.
Put on a Serfas Curva, with cutouts in the shell.
Messed around for a month trying to get it set up properly . . . adjust tilt, height, forward/backward and even raised the adjustable stoker stem.
While things improved a little she was still having issues with saddle pain in the frontal area no matter what we did.
Finally picked up a Selle Italia saddle without cut outs.
Installed it and with one minor adjustment she's doing just fine.
So 'cut out' the cutout was the solution for her!
Got to keep my stoker happy!

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Old 06-23-11, 09:13 PM   #2
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Diane hates those cutouts also - less than a mile, and she was absolutely positive.
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I have ridden Selle Italia Flites (the original) since the mid-90's. I currently have them on my two road bikes. During this time I tried a Brooks Swift for a year or two, then sold it. It just wasn't as comfy as the Flite.

I just recently picked up a Selle SMP Glider, which is the first cutout saddle I've ever tried. I put it on my touring bike with a slight nose-down tilt as per instructions, then rode it 50 miles in absolute comfort with no further adjustment.
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It took stoker Kay 300+ miles of trying to get that cut out saddle adjusted properly before letting me install another saddle.
She does not give up easily . . . one tough little stoker!
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I rode a Fizik and we tried almost every brand and type of saddle known to man for my stoker and she settled on a a Brooks Finesse before it was even broken in.
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Stoker Karen has ridden a Brooks Finesse for more than 25,000 miles and loves it.
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And you're ALL 100% right, of course!

Saddles are THE most individualized item on the bike. The cut-out saddles I've tried, (which is fewer than 5), have all felt TO ME like I was sitting on two knife edges, but to others they are THE most comfortable thing in the world!

Best advice I know is to work with an LBS that has a buy-back policy. That allows you to actually take a 25-50 mile ride before making up your mind. If you're nowhere near a bike shop that does that, Nashbar.com has a "no questions asked" return policy, particularly if you're returning one to buy another. Just have to hassle with/pay for shipping.
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And you're ALL 100% right, of course!

Saddles are THE most individualized item on the bike. The cut-out saddles I've tried, (which is fewer than 5), have all felt TO ME like I was sitting on two knife edges, but to others they are THE most comfortable thing in the world!

Best advice I know is to work with an LBS that has a buy-back policy. That allows you to actually take a 25-50 mile ride before making up your mind. If you're nowhere near a bike shop that does that, Nashbar.com has a "no questions asked" return policy, particularly if you're returning one to buy another. Just have to hassle with/pay for shipping.
Wallingford www.wallbike.com gives you SIX MONTHS to try a Brooks. If you don't like it then return it for a full refund. They are not the very lowest price around, but that policy on leather saddles is impressive and has earned our business.
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I've bought 5 Brooks saddles from Wallingford - they are great to deal with. We currently have a Brooks B-17 Titanium and a Finesse on our Calfee. Tried a Brooks Swift - beautiful saddle, but too narrow and very uncomfortable. After riding about 500 miles, I returned it to Wallingford and exchanged it for my current B-17 - a no hassle transaction.
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