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Old 08-26-09, 07:56 PM
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New saddle on a vintage bike?

I've got a 1980something Schwinn World Sport and the saddle is bollocks. I'm sure we all know that its basically like sitting on a 2x4. I've got some gel cover on it but I was thinking of just buying a new saddle on nashbar just for the sake of having something more quality. I'm seeing one for only $8.99 and it appeals somewhat. I don't want something that will require a chamois or that will give me a rash (my current world sport saddle will if I ride fast for a long time) so my question is what is comfy and yet lightweight and higher quality than what I'm currently on?

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Old 08-26-09, 09:09 PM
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saddle is the last place I'd cheap out on a bike, honestly

you might try tilting the nose down a click on yours first, though

and get ready for all the Brooks suggestions
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Check ebay for used Vetta saddles. I have one that is shaped like a Turbo and love it, the best part is it was under 10 dollars on ebay.

I have heard a whole lot of people complain about the Schiwnn saddles so you are not alone. Like JJpistols said, get ready for the brooks suggestions.... they are nice... but they are not budget friendly.
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I won't push for the Brooks, although I own a few of them, and like them.

I would however point out that softer doesn't necessarily mean more comfortable on a drop bar bike. Unless all your riding is very short and infrequent, I would look for a saddle that fits and feels good without a lot of padding.

With that said, the foam saddle on my Giant Sedona has worked well for me, so on an upright it might be ok... although who knows, I might have been even happier with a Brooks.

Also, saddles are the one thing on a bike that is very personal as far as fit. People can arge about the best handlebar, and tires etc, but a saddle is really personal choice. What works for me, may not work for you, and vice versa.

I think in a nutshell we could say:

One man's optimal saddle is another man's ass hatchet.
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Everyone's arse is different. You know how nobody can put a hat on your head and have it feel right, sorta like that except with chafing, saddle sores, groinal agony and permanent pudendal injury.

Some saddles that suit millions of people will leave other millions crippled. That saddle that feels like a 2x4 to you might leave me in perfect comfort. The one I love might feel like sitting on a softball to you.

That said, the guys at WTB seem to understand me and make saddles that work. The only one of theirs I haven't liked was an over-padded cushy thing from the bottom of their product range.
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Baaah! They're all made in the same Chinese factory...

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