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Good, cheap and easy to find saddles. Your top picks.

Old 07-16-14, 12:35 AM
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Good, cheap and easy to find saddles. Your top picks.

I'm curious what others use for good, comfortable, reasonably priced saddles that look good on vintage road rigs.

I'm a big fan of Avocet Touring and Centurion/Selle Italia Anatomic saddles.

What do you use?



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I have a Basso Vento in Mexico, which is very comfortable. It is not holding up well, however, and I'm making the switch to the more expensive leather saddles
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Old 07-16-14, 04:13 AM
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Avocet Touring x 2 for me. fizik on my fast bikes.
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San Marco make good saddles that would fit the vintage look. They're not as good as Brooks, but still good, and they're cheaper. Personally though, I would recommend pushing out the other few quid for a Brooks.

San Marco Regal Ti
San Marci Rolls Ti
San Marco Regal
San Marco Rolls

You can find these saddles on Evans Cycles.
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I have two Avocet Touring, a I and II. When I bought the second one, it was out of a bargain box at a bike shop. There were probably 5 or 6 in there for $5, and I still regret not buying all of them.
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+3 for the Avocet Touring. I liked the Avocet Condor as well.

Vetta made a popular saddle in the 80's that was pretty nice. I don't know the model name, but it looked like this:

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WTB SST , they don't look good on any thing but fit my azz, what's a guy to do? I have five of them , easy to set setback when you use the same saddle.
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For a nice looking and I think comfortable saddle, the imitation regal saddle off eBay. Looks just like the San Marco regal but for $25. No where near the quality, but still a nice saddle.
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A saddle thread...

As far as "relatively inexpensive" and "relatively easy to find" I really dig the Avocet Touring II.

As far as "relatively inexpensive" there's the Selle San Marco Touring. That came stock on the 1985 Trek 620. I found another one on the eBay for $25.

Of course I just got a Brooks B17... So I'm re-evaluating everything now.
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On 7 of my Road Bikes I use this...Specialized Body Geometry. I have varied models of it that they made (some more narrow), but the best for my butt that I've ever used.
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Good, Cheap (relatively), and easy to find…. Brooks B17.

For a vintage saddle you can +1 me for the Avocet Touring. I love mine, they are the most comfortable saddles I own but I do think they are kinda ugly, especially on something other than a touring bike. Like a Gios or a PX-10 with an avocet touring saddle….ick. It doesn't stop me from doing that personally but I am under no delusions that it looks good
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WTB Speed V. No kidding. Inexpensive, not heavy, comfortable, available everywhere. I've even had LBS guys say they take them off bikes and throw them in a "for free" bin.

When I was building up a bike 4 or 5 years ago I asked an LBS guy for recommendation and he handed me a Speed V. I rode 65 miles that weekend, have used them ever since.
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Most vintage saddles are fairly inexpensive, so I just go by what my rear end approves of, which so far has been Selle Italia Turbo and Flite Ti, Avocet O2, and (not so inexpensive) Brooks B17, Pro, Swallow, Swift.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
WTB Speed V. No kidding. Inexpensive, not heavy, comfortable, available everywhere. I've even had LBS guys say they take them off bikes and throw them in a "for free" bin.

When I was building up a bike 4 or 5 years ago I asked an LBS guy for recommendation and he handed me a Speed V. I rode 65 miles that weekend, have used them ever since.
+1. Great Saddle.
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Fujita Belt

No one has mentioned the Fujita Belt? The FB-17 is in between the B-17and the Pro, has thick leather, and is wonderfully comfortable (for me). eBay will be the easiest source, but not cheap, at about $60 or so.

I've gotten one free from a customer who didn't like the "hard" saddle, and was happy to trade for a Spec BG from my saddle bin.

My go-to saddle for everyday riding.
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Old 07-16-14, 12:55 PM
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Selle Italia Turbo for me; doesn't matter if I'm on my modern ride, my commuter, or my C&V bikes; I love the Turbo. My old bikes have 80's originals, and my modern bikes have the "1980" reissues. My butt can't tell the difference.
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Selle Italia Flite, Selle Italia SLR, Selle San Marco Concor work for me. Most of mine I've bought NOS, so not always cheap.
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I'm not style or period-correct conscious when it comes to saddles or other consumable items like tires and bar tape for that matter. When I need a new saddle, I just search Amazon, Nashbar & PB and usually come up with something pretty decent comfort wise if not with an impressive brand name for about 20 bux. The only one that didn't work out was a Sella Royale something or other with a so-called "comfort relief" in the centre which was anything but a comfort relief. However, Amazon took it back leaving me completely whole.
You're not going to find a good used leather saddle for 20 bones at the drop of a hat and certainly not a new one. I got lucky with my Raleigh Gran Sport purchase, which came with a nicely broken in beautiful honey brown B17.
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My favorite saddles are the Concor and the Turbo as my butt does not seem to be as choosey between the two unlike most people. Certainly would prefer then in the Superleggera and SLG versions, but those go for a lot of money these day in anything approaching VGC. and I don't really want to sit on manky, trashed ones if I don't have to....
Crap, even the re-issued ones are going up in price already with the new Concors asking for around 125 bucks these days. Not sure about the Turbos though, but I know the bottom fell out from them a couple of years ago when people weren't buying their "Vegan" approach on their saddle covers and they were selling for as low as 17 bucks new at some LBS's, so that was a bargain!. Maybe I should check them out again. If only they would re-issue the Turbo with a perforated leather cover in white, then I would be a happy C&Ver!
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
WTB Speed V. No kidding. Inexpensive, not heavy, comfortable, available everywhere. I've even had LBS guys say they take them off bikes and throw them in a "for free" bin.

When I was building up a bike 4 or 5 years ago I asked an LBS guy for recommendation and he handed me a Speed V. I rode 65 miles that weekend, have used them ever since.
+1. I don't think you can find a better saddle for around $35. I like the Selle Italia Turbo and the San Marco Rolls as well.
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I jumped on the Charge Spoon bandwagon recently. Liked it so much I bought a second one for my road bike.
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Good. And cheap. I wish my life worked like that, but it doesn't seem to.
Though I fairly recently bought a nearly new 70s Brooks Pro that I thought
was a great deal.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
WTB Speed V. I've even had LBS guys say they take them off bikes and throw them in a "for free" bin.
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Thats not much of a testimonial but hey, if they work for you, thats great.
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The Vetta copy of the Regal is outstanding for the money.
For modern lightweight. The Bontrager RL, RXL, and Inform RL are often <$30

I just bought a NIB Specialized Romin for $50, so deals abound.
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I love Selle Italia sadles. I have a C2 and a Max Flight Gel flow on my bikes. My wife has an SLK. Very comfortable.
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