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Old 05-28-09, 11:57 PM   #1
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What saddle do you guys love for long tours?

Hey Touring Forum!

I usually hang out in the Singlespeed Fixed Gear forum (yeah) but ever since I bought a Surly Cross Check to start doing longer rides and tours I've really fallen in love with long distance cycling. When I move to Portland this fall, I wanted to plan my first bike tour from there to Seattle (to me it was a decent first step, after reading this forum, I now know how short that is ) and I was curious what saddles you guys like. I had a Brooks for a while, but I ditched it because I was too worried about maintaining it, and I preferred a saddle that I didn't have to worry about getting ruined or stolen around the city. Also, Portland obviously gets its fair share of rain, which would make it harder to keep the Brooks in good condition.

I like my San Marco Ponza I have on my Surly Steamroller, but I want something that I can feel comfortable in whether I'm wearing bike shorts for a long ride, or just in whatever for commuting. Tell me what you guys love, or if I should just suck it up and get another Brooks.

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Old 05-29-09, 12:08 AM   #2
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I have a Brooks B17 ... and I love it.

I've ridden with it in conditions where I could swear I saw Noah herding animals in pairs into a very large boat. So I wouldn't worry too much about your Brooks in the rain. However, you probably do want fenders and the usual plastic bag tucked into the rails.

Here's my first long ride with my Brooks: http://www.machka.net/1000/1000km.htm
And another rainy experience: http://www.machka.net/brevet/2005_600.htm

I also like the fact that I don't need padded cycling shorts with my Brooks. While touring in Queensland, Australia I often rode in a bathing suit and beach shorts and I was fine.
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awesome! thanks for the input. And yes, I'd obviously have fenders, a bag, and I'd get the saddle proofed. I just couldn't last past the breaking-in period before I traded it.
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Old 05-29-09, 01:49 AM   #4
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And I really really liked that link to your 1000k tour through Canada. It's really awesome to see stuff like that!
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I use a Brooks B17 Ti that I adore! Light and once broken in, very comfy (and I'm a clyde).
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i rock a brooks flyer on my touring beast. it's just the b17 with springs.
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Old 05-29-09, 01:07 PM   #8
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B17 on my LHT, B67 on my Expedition.
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I think you'll find the vast majority on this forum will mention a Brooks -_-.
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It's definitely sounding like I need to just stick it out and get another Brooks!
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I finally just gave up on my brooks champion flyer. It just would not stop hurting me. Had 600+ miles on it, and I decided waiting for this thing to 'break in' just wasn't worth it anymore.
I bought a Terry Liberator and instantly felt 100% better. My butt + brooks = pain.
I have put a 20 miler on the terry and so far, MUCH better.

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Old 05-29-09, 04:02 PM   #15
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Well, I'll be the different one...I use a Specialized Alias. I had one on my road bike and loved it, so I got another one for the touring bike. No problems so far.
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On the touring forum, the consensus is that a Brooks saddle is the way to go. The belief is almost at the level of religious ideology in this joint!

Although I, too, have recently become a Brooks devotee, I hasten to add that saddles -- like frame material, raingear fabric, handlebar configuration, tire size, brake design, shifter preferences -- are all personal choices. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another.

In other words, resist orthodoxy, and find your own path along the road of bicycling comfort!

But until you have discovered the true path to all day riding bliss, remember that the B17 is awfully comfy...
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Old 05-29-09, 05:28 PM   #17
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I use a Terry Gel (not the TI, I cant afford it) for my touring bike and for my commuter the Terry Cite'
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I spoke with Kipchoge Spencer about the Selle An-Atomica saddle he was using. He was very happy with it for extended tours. Selle Anatomica make leather saddles that are similar to Brooks, but they are newer designs that include cutouts. Dr. Patrick Kortebein's article gives a good sense for the importance of ventilation, and moisture and pressure control and relief. These saddles have additional advantages as well. I would definitely choose the Selle An-Atomica designs over the Brooks, if I were going for these sorts of leather saddles.

http://www.selleanatomica.com/

If you or your customers are happy Brooks saddle users, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the immediate improvements any of our models offer. Nearly every Brooks user who has purchased their first Selle An-Atomica model has since purchased additional saddles for other bikes, for family, and friends. Many Brooks users are also customers for our Brooks Upgrade services.

http://www.selleanatomica.com/Product%20Info.htm

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The higher-quality or more-evolved gel- and liquid-filled designs are even more attractive at present, though. Some of them are lighter, and they have additional benefits. The gel products that most people have tried are far from the best available, either in materials or in design. If you look around, you can find some of the better gel saddles -- Selle Italia has made some excellent ones.

For very long periods of riding, thin layers of gel sewn into just the right places in the cycling shorts will provide the significant added benefits of more liquid-like reduction in shear forces and pressure, and you can feel this as you ride. Kortebein explains the significance of these benefits well.

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Old 05-29-09, 06:57 PM   #19
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Niles H. .... what saddle do YOU currently ride?
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I went the other direction of crawdaddio. My Terry Liberator let me down when the foam broke down way too early in it's life. So I ended up with....
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Old 05-29-09, 07:26 PM   #21
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Terry Fly Ti... works for me. I like the leather cover. Mine has been through many a northwest wet days and is just like new after about 10K miles.

To each as s his own.... Wish you success in your search.
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Old 05-29-09, 10:24 PM   #22
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Brooks, B17 or Pro not sure I have several of each. I'm just starting to ride the 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite, and the first thing I did last fall after getting it home was take off the Jamis saddle and put a freshly oiled new Brooks on it. Then knowing I was not going riding in the snow, I hung it from the ceiling by the wheels and waited for spring. Not sure if I'll ever get the hang of the "brifters???," would love to rip them off and install Campy Record shifters and derailleurs, but probably won't...

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Terry Flyt- the cheapest model, whatever that`s called. Also, I should say that none of my rides are what I personally would consider "long tours", but I didn`t see a thread asking about saddles for weekend warriors.
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San Marco Concor from 20yrs ago, you can't have it.
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Brooks Swift or Selle San Marco Regal. Tried a B17 first but it was just wrong for my riding position, rocks on my more upright fixed gear though(bars just over the saddle)
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