Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Gouverneur NY
Bikes: 2003 BIANCHI VIGORELLI, 2002 TREK 520, Schwinn Mesa WINTER BIKE
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Leather is a pretty hi-tech fabric. No man-made material can compete with it. Saying that a leather saddle is old technology is like saying that meat contains "old technology" proteins. It's like, maybe so, but do you know of something better?
Anyways, saddles are a pain in the ***. There is no perfect saddle, there is always a trade-off. That said, I ride an Avatar. I rode an Avatar across the country, for 3800 miles. It's a great saddle for me, but it doesn't have anywhere near the sit-bone comfort of a leather saddle. A B-17 is a great saddle, but it has no provision for perineal relief, and is not for everyone. All you can do is ride, ride, and ride some more, trying out different saddles until you go broke, like everyone else. If you think you've found the perfect saddle, then you're probably not riding much. Any saddle becomes a pain after lots of riding.