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Old 08-07-17, 03:58 PM
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Let's see your saddle solution for comfort

I use Performance inner chamois, Hines seamless under garment and outer padded chamois Lycra tights. Works for leather, carbon, hard shell and soft shell saddles!
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Old 08-07-17, 04:10 PM
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Mine is under my skin and thus not subject to public viewing.
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Old 08-07-17, 04:14 PM
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Brooks Pro or Team Pro or Terry Liberator saddle.

REI expedition shorts (chamois bicycle shorts sewn inside cargo shorts)
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Old 08-07-17, 04:16 PM
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Anything over 30 miles gets a generous serving of this

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Brooks B17/Team Pro/Swift (depending on bike), nothing on but the shorts. No creams.
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A B17 Champion Narrow and plaid
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B-17. I'm a late convert, but a believer.
Good shorts and lots of saddle time.
Avoid riding more than 10 miles in the rain.

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Old 08-07-17, 04:41 PM
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A Brooks, usually a B17 Champion narrow or Pro, C15, SM Rolls or Turbos. Cargo shorts with tidy- whitety does me for the miles.
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Old 08-07-17, 04:46 PM
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Riding more works for me. Either my saddle is getting broken in or my butt. I just figure it's a kind of a chicken or an egg problem.
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Old 08-07-17, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by gioscinelli View Post
I use Performance inner chamois, Hines seamless under garment and outer padded chamois Lycra tights. Works for leather, carbon, hard shell and soft shell saddles!
I've been known to double pad for my longest or bumpiest road rides.
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Old 08-07-17, 05:00 PM
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I had to put a 4" strip of moleskin at the perineum of my Zoic Vim liner to stop my tweed breeks from chafing. 1991 Brooks Team Pro S (with about 250 miles on it).

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A B17 Champion Narrow and plaid
That's the stuff!
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Brooks B-17 Imperial, no padding, whatever shorts happen to be handy. Just rode 100 miles with that combo on Saturday...no pain (except in my legs and shoulders).
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Riding more works for me. Either my saddle is getting broken in or my butt. I just figure it's a kind of a chicken or an egg problem.
Pain is just weakness leaving your body!
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Brooks B17 Standard and whatever bike shorts Nashbar had on sale.
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Koobi PRS Alpha Saddle and any shorts. I actually prefer my leggings which have no padding.
I have that Saddle in all of my bikes.
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Mine is just a Brooks Flyer Special, and some basketball/athletic style shorts.

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For me it's San Marco Rolls saddles and Desoto 400 mile bib shorts.
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I was expecting a long string of "Brooks Brooks Brooks" when I clicked on this thread, and y'all did not disappoint.
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My solution has been mileage. The more I rode the more my sit bones became accustomed to the position. Any saddle with a center cut out and a lack of padding works for me. The only serious discomfort and physical problems I've had have come at the hands of very plush, padded saddles. Sit bones sink in and the rest of the padding pushes up on the taint... bad combination for anything more than a mile or so.
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Old 08-08-17, 12:41 PM
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Long tours.. 1975 brooks team pro, ( Permeable and pliable) decent bike shorts.. clean skin*,
and shorts (toured with 3) faux chamois .

*Bedadyne , concentrated surgeon's scrub..

at home , my bike has a Fizik Vitesse saddle.. Bike Friday Tikit has a CP3 model on it..

Sweat pants [Polyester, fleece lined track suit ] give and flex better than denim ..




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Old 08-08-17, 12:50 PM
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I've heard the Brooks story a hundred times. I'm still scared of them. I use an old Italia seat and Bellwether shorts. Both are about ready to be replaced though. OH and Chamois butter. I wouldn't ride more than five miles without it.
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Still using a Terry Butterfly women's saddle. For shorts, I still have a Perfromance Elite bib, 2 old Giordana bibs and old Giordana short. I once passed a guy with this saddle:



I asked him about it and he loves it. He mentioned that he can ride 100+ miles without a problem. I didn't think about it, but wonder if the lack of a nose would force you to relearn some cornering technique.
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I use this stuff.



My old favorite saddle is the Brooks B17.

My new favorite saddle is a Specialized Riva which doesn't seem to be available any more. Oh well.
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From skin to bike:

1.
I'm the son of a Swiss-Italian dairyman.

2. Cycling shorts with faux chamois - no padding.

Items 1 & 2 are to prevent chafing.

3. Leather saddle, various types on different bikes. In order of comfort (worst to best)

Brooks Pro - too narrow for me, currently on a tandem that is ridden only occassionally, no more than 30 miles with one of my daughters
Ideal 90 - ok, vintage
Brooks B17 - on two bikes, commuter and gravel. The standard, since I'm a "sit up and beg" style rider, it hits my sitz bonz just about right
Brooks B17 Imperial - the one with the "cutout to protect my ...." Most comfortable out of the box, but also breaks down fastest.
@RHM special - Amazingly, it's as comfortable as my B17's, but the twice-thick leather gives me the confidence that it will last much longer than the original hide.
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