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    looking for good touring saddle

    I'm building up a hybrid/cross bike for touring this spring. I am looking for suggestions for a good all day saddle. I am used to a very minimal saddle on my road bike. However, after hours on it I do get fanny fatigue. I have tried thick gel seats and don't like them. So lighter in weight but supportive for the long haul, any suggestions?

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    looking for good touring saddle

    It's hard to go wrong with a Brooks B-17 saddle.
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    I'd at least consider just going with the minimal saddle you are used to.

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    joetheun, I have a Selle Italia Flite butt. Anything with the same general contour works well for me on the touring bike. Right now I'm using a Serfas Ti saddle that was close on the roadie, but better on the T bike. An OEM CODA saddle from one of the roadies also worked well so you may want to go through any take-offs you have to try again.

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    If I were you I would seriously consider one of the new Kontact saddles LINK
    ...Just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road. ~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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    There is no "all day" saddle. Physics and human physiology prevent that. When you're touring, it's OK to take breaks. Stand and coast for a short distance or stop and take a drink of water. Give your butt, your back, and your legs a short break and then ride on.

    Start with a saddle you're pretty comfortable on for an hour or so and work from there. The B17 works for lots of people, but I slide forward unless I jack the nose up in the air which causes other problems for me. I like the Selle San Marco Rolls for its front to back level profile with good support for my sit-bones. Saddle choice is a very personal thing, though.

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    Canít say I have tried them all. There are hundreds of saddles out there, but I have tried a wide variety. For my last two tours I have been on a Selle SMP TRK. It has several sitting positions including a cradle position similar to a leather suspension saddle (Brooks). The boys particularly like the eagle beak nose when bouncing down washboard rutted gravel roads. It wasnít expensive and I will consider a fancier version down the road.

    It is important to consider a saddle in conjunction with your shorts and chamois pad. Whatís the difference between a rock hard racing saddle if you are wearing shorts with a thick gel chamois and a softer padded saddle that you can ride in comfort with little or no padding?
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    just go find more saddles and sit on them

    Its your Backside on the saddle Not Mine

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    Selle An Atomica, An Atomica Titanico or Selle An Atomica Titanico x depending on your weight. I have ridden more than 20 saddles over the years and the titanico (I an 195 lbs.) is the first seat I have had that I no longer even notice no matter how long I ride, It did need maybe 300 miles to stretch and tension to where it was perfect. Way more comfy than any padded seat I have ever used.... Made in USA too!!

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    My favourite ... Brooks B17. I have them on all my bicycles now.

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    My favorite is the B17, but I also like the WTB saddles. Particularly the Rocket V, which also pretty reasonably priced. Many places offer WTB test ride programs, where you pay ~$50 deposit and can test ride any of the WTB saddles, then can use the deposit to purchase a saddle.

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    If you're not going to go with a Brooks, the WTB saddles are the closest I've come to a universally comfortable saddle. I have a Speed V Comp on my tourer currently, and have sold hundreds of Speed V's and Rocket V's over the years and not had one come back, ever, despite a 10 day return policy on saddles.
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