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Old 01-26-09, 11:24 AM   #1
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2 ed most popular saddle?

I have just ran threw the loded touring picture list, came up with 114 brooks and 182 other saddles. Too much time on my hands! what is the # 2 most popular saddle?
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Old 01-26-09, 11:27 AM   #2
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After the B-17, I think the second most popular is also a Brooks, the Professional.
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terry and WTB are good options
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I have just ran threw the loded touring picture list, came up with 114 brooks and 182 other saddles. Too much time on my hands! what is the # 2 most popular saddle?
Brooks have a rabidly loyal following. As a result there are many posts about them. Where I have toured I have actually met very few riders who use them. The selections I see on the road seem to go across the board.

The Terry Fly is another saddle that has a pretty large following. As does one of the WTB saddles (I forget which one).

Personally they are all just saddles to me. All the ones that came on my various bikes are good enough for a coast to coast bike tour. The one saddle that I didn't like was a Brooks, but only because I didn't like it after a lot of wet weather riding sagged it out. Also I didn't think it was all that special. It definitely was OK when new, but it didn't wow me enough to make me think it was worth the extra weight.

What you don't want is something too padded or too wide. Also I don't like Gel.

Everyone has an opinion. None of them are wrong if it works for them.
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Old 01-27-09, 07:55 AM   #5
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a growing in popularity saddle is the selle anatomica. I have 3, one for each bike. No break in time. Often confused with a brooks but it is definately not a brooks.
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I have just ran threw the loded touring picture list, came up with 114 brooks and 182 other saddles. Too much time on my hands! what is the # 2 most popular saddle?
Not sure why there are two of these threads. Since this one seems like it might be more current I will post what I said on the other thread:
I'd suggest that you count in some more random place. It seems that some locations like "the fulley loaded touring picture thingey" and this forum have a strong bias to the Brooks saddle that isn't necessarily born out on the road at least in the US.

You might get a very different result if you surveyed folks who are posting pictures of their tours rather than their bikes. One way to do that is to use the random "serendipity" view on crazyguyonabike.com. Numbers will vary depending on how large a sample you do and the luck of the draw. I know that when I did a count at one time in the past the number of Brooks saddles among the recognizable saddles was pretty small. This fits with what I saw on the road while riding the TA, which was the only tour I did where I met lots of other bike tourists.

Reading the forum you get the idea that everyone uses Brooks saddles, Tubus racks, and Ortleib panniers. On the road all three were present, but relatively rare in my observations. I think that is because these products have a loyal following that tend to oversell them in any discussion and like to post pictures of the bikes that they are very proud of. On one hand I hardly saw any Brooks saddles the entire summer on the TA despite the fact that we met other cyclist pretty much every day and on the other hand there are what three? four? different threads about Brooks saddles going at once here.
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Reading the forum you get the idea that everyone uses Brooks saddles, Tubus racks, and Ortleib panniers.
You forgot that everyone also rides a Surly LHT. OMG! I have all four!
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You forgot that everyone also rides a Surly LHT. OMG! I have all four!
I almost said LHT too, but decided not to.

BTW: I am not knocking any of those products, but think that reading here gives the distorted notion they are some kind of universal requirement for touring or at least that they are used by the majority of tourists and as best I can tell that is very much not the case.

Somehow I managed to stumble across the US without any of them and also without seeing them in use by very many other tourists.
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It is not only this forum that is Brooks crazy. I went into Hollywood Pro Bicycles and was looking for a LHT and was asking the same question you are. The two guys looked at each other and said "oh yes! We also suggest another brand of saddle......... It is called Brooks." They refused to sell or recommend any other saddle than this. They don't even sell a complete bike with the stock saddle. When you role out that door that customer will have a brooks on it.
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It is not only this forum that is Brooks crazy. I went into Hollywood Pro Bicycles and was looking for a LHT and was asking the same question you are. The two guys looked at each other and said "oh yes! We also suggest another brand of saddle......... It is called Brooks." They refused to sell or recommend any other saddle than this. They don't even sell a complete bike with the stock saddle. When you role out that door that customer will have a brooks on it.
Good for them!! It's hard to find a place up here that will sell a Brooks. I wonder if a lot of the places here even know about them.

When it comes to Brooks ...... thousands of randonneurs can't be wrong!!
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Good for them!! It's hard to find a place up here that will sell a Brooks. I wonder if a lot of the places here even know about them.

When it comes to Brooks ...... thousands of randonneurs can't be wrong!!
Good for them for offering it as a choice. Bad for them if that is all they will sell you.
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