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Old 02-12-07, 08:44 AM   #1
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Touring/Commuting Saddle

I'm building up a trek 520 frame to use for commuting/errands/touring- pretty much a car replacement whenever possible. I know everyone here seems to live by the brooks saddles, but are they practical for shorter rides as well? My ride to work is short (3 miles) and I will only carry 10-20 lbs. I understand bike seats are difference for everyone, but what is a good versatile seat. Could I go with a good racing seat? The 520 comes with a Race Lite Lux seat- why?
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Old 02-12-07, 09:33 AM   #2
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You want your butt to be comfy? Get a Brooks B17. Isn't it logical to assume that if one is comfy for hours on end in the saddle, that it would also be comfy for a few minutes?

Why would you want a racing saddle on a touring bike? Are you racing or commuting/touring?

Why does any saddle come stock on a bike? Because it was a good compromise between quality and cost that allowed the bike to stay within the manufacturer's target price point.
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I know everyone here seems to live by the brooks saddles, but are they practical for shorter rides as well?
Not everyone. I am not a big fan of Brooks saddles. Lots of folks love them and if you are one of them by all means buy one. There is no reason a saddle that is good for long rides wouldn't be ok for short rides.

I find that just about any racing saddle I have tried was fine for me, but I only tried ones where the width seemed close.

Buy whatever saddle you have found comfortable in the past or try something you think will work. Give it a good adjustment period where you make sure it is adjusted properly before bailing on it and trying something else. Personally I have been happy with the saddles that came on the bikes I have bought and the ones that I bought based on a quick try in the store. I ride 60-80 miles pretty often and do at least a few centuries a year.
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Old 02-12-07, 10:43 AM   #4
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I know everyone here seems to live by the brooks saddles, but are they practical for shorter rides as well?
Not everyone. I am not a big fan of Brooks saddles. Lots of folks love them and if you are one of them by all means buy one. There is no reason a saddle that is good for long rides wouldn't be ok for short rides.

I find that just about any racing saddle I have tried was fine for me, but I only tried ones where the width seemed close.

Buy whatever saddle you have found comfortable in the past or try something you think will work. Give it a good long adjustment period where you make sure it is adjusted properly, before bailing on it and trying something else. Personally I have been happy with the saddles that came on the bikes I have bought and the ones that I bought based on a quick try in the store. I ride 60-80 miles pretty often and do at least a few centuries a year.
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+ 2 for the Brooks B-17
Best saddle I ever rode (well, I have a '70's B5N that they no longer make that is comfy)
I went out and found another B.17 just in case I got another bike... and I did!
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