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Anyone replaced the stock saddle?

Old 07-19-19, 07:23 PM
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Anyone replaced the stock saddle?

...on your beach cruiser for something that you found more comfortable? I can ride for about 6 miles and that's my rear end's limit due to the pain that I am experiencing. My legs could go on for a longer distance if I could overcome this. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old 07-19-19, 10:14 PM
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On my Raleigh Retroglide, I have replaced the stock seat which was hard, with what I thought would be a softer seat from the Electra Townie. My butt doesn't hurt as much but it's not making that much of a difference. Next step is a suspension seat post.
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Old 07-20-19, 01:15 AM
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When I had my Electra a Brooks B-67 was most comfy!
A Flyer works great on my Sawyer.
Usually a soft saddle is not good for rides over 5 miles.


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since about every bike i ride (cruiser anyway) is a stretch cruiser i put a seat with a backrest on it. either one i made/converted, or catch a deal on ebay and buy one (or a few if the deal is good enough. for future projects).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Black-Bicyc...oAAOSw7G1c~bEj

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I like padded saddles, but they need to be firm. If a saddle is too soft you basically compress the saddle all the way like a down filled pillow would do. Feels good to the hand, doesn't feel good to the bum after a while.

Also, riding position has a lot to do with it. On my cruiser I did change the saddle to something more firm, but I also raised that saddle, changed the handlebar, and lowered the stem. It allows me to put some weight on my hands and it's easier to stand on the pedals when needed. Which all takes some weight off the saddle.

It doesn't look cruiser cool, or roadie proper, but it works better for pedaling 10 to 15 mph. Honestly, it feels akin to riding a BMX bike, just a lot heavier. I took it for another spin this morning, by the way.

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Originally Posted by coopman View Post
...on your beach cruiser for something that you found more comfortable? I can ride for about 6 miles and that's my rear end's limit due to the pain that I am experiencing. My legs could go on for a longer distance if I could overcome this. Thanks for any suggestions.
Clay
Hi Clay, I'm wondering if you're referring to tailbone (or more specifically, coccyx) pain. I guess everybody may have different problems and different stories, but I can offer some experience with that.

First of all, I have owned a 1994 Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe for 25 years. It still has the stock seat on it, which is padded but fairly firm. My favorite route for many years has been on our local creek trail, and my round trip ranged from 15 to 20 miles. I did get off the bike here and there, but I don't recall ever having any pain in the rear relating to those 20 mile rides, and I was no spring chicken when I was riding that route (started when I was in my 40's, and was in my mid-50's the last time I rode that route circa 2012). On the other hand, I have had episodes of coccyx pain several times over the years, and I know how annoying it can be (sometimes lasts up to a week). For me, the (coccyx) problem is caused by sitting too long on soft surfaces. My issues related directly to long car rides without sufficient stops, or too much sitting on a couch or soft chair seats while watching tv and/or sitting at my computer. I use a hard chair at my computer now, and it's clear that this has helped me to avoid coccyx pain, even when I sit longer than I probably should. Your mileage may vary, as they say.

Nice looking ride, FiftySix!
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It's not my tailbone, but my hips, both sides (I think that I've seen them referred to as the sits-bones).
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... a couple times. First was a Cloud-9 Cruiser saddle because the OEM broke a spring; the C-9 saddle was extremely comfortable. Second was replacing the stock Meridian saddle with one from an old bike; it was uncomfortable like you said just short of 10 miles, but school commutes were over 30 miles, so the wider softer cruiser saddle did the trick and saved money because it was a spare.
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I would check your bike fit if you haven’t done so already, just in case something isn’t quite right. On my Electra Townie I’ve replaced the stock saddle with a Brooks B67. Very comfy and I don’t need to wear padded shorts with it.

Small adjustments to saddle tilt and fore-and-aft may also make a difference to comfort.
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It's not my tailbone, but my hips, both sides (I think that I've seen them referred to as the sits-bones).
Coopman, I forgot that your Electra has the cranks and pedals further forward than my Schwinn shown a few posts above. Due to that, I'm not sure my suggestion of a handlebar that gets you leaning farther forward is possible. You might be folding yourself in half to reach it.
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Old 07-23-19, 07:08 AM
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Plus, I replaced the stock cruiser type handlebars with some ape style handlebars that would enable me to ride even more vertically with little or no tendency to want to lean forward. I have a bad lower back so leaning forward is not good for it. Also, my left hand falls asleep if I put any pressure/weight on it (probably need carpal tunnel surgery to fix this).
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Reversed Saddle

I saw this and wondered if in some way how
this was more comfortable for the owner of this bicycle.
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Obviously two people were having a heart to heart discussion. she was in the basket, he sat on the saddle.
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Old 07-23-19, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by GTBruiser View Post
I saw this and wondered if in some way how
this was more comfortable for the owner of this bicycle.
They are short and use it like a noseless saddle???
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Old 07-23-19, 04:16 PM
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HA!: For sale: Defective Bicycle.
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I want to get one of these for my next bike.
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