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Old 04-14-13, 05:48 AM   #1
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Puncture-proof saddle?

My saddles always seem to get a small rip or puncture within a year or so of use, maybe from keys or twigs or I don't know what. I park outside, when it rains water gets into the saddle, then squeezes out onto my pants when I ride, even well after rain has stopped. I don't want the theft risk of a flashy Brooks saddle--are there any other (reasonably comfortable) saddles that have an all-rubber or all-vinyl design, without any foam or gel?
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Old 04-14-13, 06:57 AM   #2
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I (re)use one of those plastic grocery bags over my saddle to keep it dry. Eventually they wear out but you can get another one at any store anywhere for nothing when it does.
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Old 04-15-13, 03:58 PM   #3
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or maybe one of those cheap hair things. it looks like a plastic bag with elastic around the edge. wouldn't be free, but they can't cost much. with the elastic you could just snap it over the seat when you need it and stick it in whatever extra pocket you have when you don't.
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Old 04-17-13, 12:23 PM   #4
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It might rip but for the price can you complain?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Ventura-...item5d3d7f04b9
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Old 04-25-13, 10:11 AM   #5
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Try one of These? http://www.ridepdw.com/goods/grips/d...2%84%A2-saddle

Or the Cinelli Unicanitor https://www.google.com/search?q=Cine...w=1024&bih=639
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Old 05-02-13, 07:35 AM   #6
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I'm not sure how much of a theft risk a Brooks is. If you have a quick-release seat post clamp, replace it with a pitlock or at the very least a hex-head bolt one. Also, if you're really concerned about the Brooks getting swiped, you could always toss a bit of waterfast dye on it, in various spots, and uglify it. A sharpie might work for this as well. Depends on what you're looking for in a saddle. If you just want a comfy, functional saddle that won't be stolen (and you don't care if it's ugly, since it's under your butt anyway), then maybe just make a Brooks as ugly as possible. I'm willing to put up with the theft risk on mine, as I enjoy how it looks enough to make it (personally) worthwhile to keep mine pretty.
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Old 05-05-13, 10:17 AM   #7
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I've been pretty happy with these, and the $3 price is great.
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Old 05-15-13, 11:44 AM   #8
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So I dropped by LBS Via Bikes and I pose this question to Curtis and without skipping a beat he pulls out from a box at his feet the following ludicrous, non-existent-on-the-internet, puncture-proof, inflatable saddle apparently from Czech company GUMOTEX:



which I promptly purchased. Works like a charm.
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Old 05-22-13, 03:33 PM   #9
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I just glued on a piece of electrical tape to cover the hole. It comes off every once in a while, but is cheap to replace.
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Old 05-23-13, 05:05 AM   #10
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recover it

do you like the saddle you have ?
then recover it. here is the thread on how to do:http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...er-Your-Saddle
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