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Old 10-08-07, 02:26 PM
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I tried a few before keeping my Avocet O2 Air 40 Racing saddle. Never any numbness and always comfortable no matter how long I'm on it. Decently priced too.
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I JUST put a Specialized Alias 155 on my road bike recently and finally got to ride it today (ive been sick) and I like it. No numbness, comfy and actually supports me fine! I just have to adjust tilt now, i must have not looked at it too closely its tilted nose down just a hair and well, I'm sliding forward quite often.

My mtb has a SDG Bel-Air on it and for offroad its a great saddle. However its not too good on long, smooth road trips, but I never wear bike shorts on that bike so that might be more my problem than the saddle.

I think a good pair of bike shorts is almost as important as seat selection. I have a cheap set from dicks (Quest brand) that work OK, but i gotta spend the money and get one with a bigger chamois and one that has a smoother seam from chamois to lycra...those seams hurt more than sitting on bleachers for hourse on end
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Here is another vote for the Alias 155, but have them measure your seat bones, and not just the width of your back-side. It is where your bones hit the saddle that is important. You want the bones to sit ON the pads. If the saddle comes between the sit bones, I get the ass-hatchet effect. If the saddle is a lot wider than my seat bones, then I get the smash-everything-towards-the-middle effect (extra sweaty and chafing...issues).

I also like Terry Liberator (non-gel), and Terry Fly saddles. Both are wide enough for my wide seat bones, and the front is still narrow enough up front to be comfortable to me. I don't like a big horn or wide middle-section on a saddle. I just want it to be wide enough for my big-old hips in the back.
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Old 10-09-07, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Fastflyingasian View Post
i ride road on a carbon fuji and i cannot seem to find a comfortable seat. the factory seat i put over 400 miles before i decided to start trying other seats and making sure it wouldn't break in any further. on other seats i have put in probably 100-200 miles before now but now im getting frustrated that they are killing my butt. i have cycling shorts which makes things better but it doesn't solve the issue. tomorrow im gonna put my factory seat back on for my ride on Monday. ill be riding 65-75 miles and after 40 -50 i feel like im getting tortured . hopefully you guys can give some insight.
Remember that with the exception of the various leather saddles (Brooks being the most well known), saddles aren't breaking in, you are. Most saddles are a sheet of plastic with some padding on top. If it isn't comfortable after checking the adjustments and giving a little time for your body to get used to it, it isn't going to be. The difference with Brooks and similar is that the leather stretches a little and molds to your body.

If the pain is all-over, check the positioning. If it's very specific, try and find a saddle that doesn't put pressure in that area. My LBS has been touting what is essentially a Brooks with the middle cut out, but I have concerns due to my Clyde status. The description from the owner (who rides with one) is that it feels like a hammock cradling your, well, nether regions. Rivendell sells a model, but their site "has a flat" so I can't put the link in.
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Old 10-09-07, 09:36 PM
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Coda saddle that came with my cannondale was a nightmare.

Terry Liberator was good, but after a certain distance the nose was too wide and gave me some issues.

Terry Fly CrMo was better, but just didn't fit me right.

Brooks B17N I'm still not sure about, sometimes I like it a good bit, but it's still not fully broken in for me. (It's on the beater for short trips until I get it right where I like it.)

Fizik Aliante Ti/Carbon has been pretty cushy, but I think it may put some pressure too far forward. Until I have much longer days it's been perfect for me, though.
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Old 10-10-07, 12:55 AM
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Although I'm male, I have a pelvis capable of birthing cows, so I need a really wide saddle.

Specialized Avatar Gel 155 on every bike.
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Old 10-10-07, 11:18 AM
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The original saddle on my road bike came with the build kit. It was a San Marco Concor. Crashed the bike, ripped the leather cover, bought a new saddle, this time a Specialized BG Comp. Rode it for a long time, it was OK, but recently couldn't get comfortable on it. The LBS kid suggested a new seatpost because the setback on the original didn't look correct. Bought a Thomson seatpost, also bought a new seat, this time a San Marco Regal Titanium. I honestly cannot feel how many miles I've ridden (in a good way). It's wide (for the girth of my seat bones), and long (for a multitude of seating positions).
On my mountain bike I have a Selle Italia XO Gel (came with it). Not bad at all. The time I spend on it during my mtb rides is shorter, and the dual suspension helps a lot, too.
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I had a WTB Speed V on my Long Haul Trucker. It was quite comfortable.

I was curious as to what all the fuss was about regarding Brooks saddles, so I took the Speed V off and replaced it with a Brooks B17. The Brooks was pretty good right out of the box - still fiddling with tilt as I seem to be putting more weight on my arms.
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Old 10-10-07, 05:50 PM
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Another vote for the WTB Speed V. Have it on all my bikes. No it doesn't look sleek and sexy, but my ass' happiness is more important. Often available from Performance/nashbar for $59. I bought two the last time they were on sale, so I have a spare for my next bike (n+1 ).

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Old 10-10-07, 07:10 PM
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Selle Anatomica Titanico w the Clydesdale option and treated leather. If you get one, don't bother without getting both the clydesdale version and the treated leather.
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I bought one this summer and I'm very happy with it. I haven't had a chance to do a ride of over 40 miles on it since I bought it, but so far it's been pretty good. Better than any I've ever tried on a road bike, but not invisible either (it's on my Specialized Roubaix). I bought the Clydesdale, treated, in red. Looks cool, too.
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Old 10-11-07, 03:43 PM
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Shrug. Running a Specialized Toupe Team 143. I'd been running a Selle Italia Prolink (non-gel) prior
to that. The Toupe I've used on over four hour rides with no problems, I've read that some say that
with this saddle the sit bones do get a little sore but I'm still in the first 600 miles or so. I do feel a
bit sore but nothing like with the prolink where parts of me were going numb that never should have.
The saddle just sort of dissappears under me.

I found that when am heavier soreness is a bigger problem on any saddle.

As I'm down to 173 lbs now I'm find, if I lose more I'll probably be better off too if I lose more.

As it is, this is the most comfortable saddle I've found for the road thus far.
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Old 10-11-07, 04:46 PM
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Big ol' cushy seat from Walmart for $20. Not the gel kind, tho. (I don't ride a 100 miles on it, either, else that might not work).
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Originally Posted by schnee View Post
Although I'm male, I have a pelvis capable of birthing cows, so I need a really wide saddle.
Maybe we are related. I also have BIG hip bones for a guy. A few of my sports coaches in school even commented about it after I hit puberty. It is one of the reasons that I'm still a clyde. Big hip bones, and all of the soft-tissues supporting/around them, tend to add a lot of weight to a person. I tend to weigh about 10-15 pounds more than guys my height that also wear the same size shirts and pants. I'm not any more muscular than them either...just...built to do heavy farm work, I guess. These type of hips were probably put to better use before my family moved to town a couple of generations ago.

Have fun out there!
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Serfas Rx is the only saddle I'll ride.
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Old 10-12-07, 12:28 AM
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Specialized Alias 155 and a Selle AnaAtomica Titanico/Clyde. I think I like the Selle An Atomica better, but haven't got anough miles on it (150 as of today) to really know.
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I am changing my previous answer. I originally used a Terry Ti Fly when I had my cycling re-birth, I was 270 or so then. Then I went with a Selle Italia SLR, it fit much better than the Terry. The Terry hurt after about 20 miles and was way too padded and too soft. The SLR was very good, but I could never get it quite right. I went with a Specialized Toupe Gel. The first one was a 143, way too wide. Rode it 180 miles in one week and exchanged it for a 130. I thought it was perfect. Rode it about 800 miles but anything longer than about 60-70 miles and it rubbed in the wrong spot on my inner thigh and I could really feel pressure on my sit bones. I think the gel pads are in the wrong spot or they bottom out too quickly. It is now on our tandem which never gets ridden more than 40 miles at a time. I am now using a Selle Italia Thork. It seems to work wonderfully. I got a trick from my buddy when he set up the Toupe and then I set up the Thork the same way, no pressure anywhere, I have ridden it up to 60 miles and I feel like I just got on it when I'm done.

The trick was in the tilt. He told me to take a 4mm allen wrench and place it across the nose of the saddle, then level from the back to the top of the 4mm and the saddle then will have the perfect amount of tilt. It has worked out exactly as he told me it would.
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I think gel is really overrated. That could have been the problem - have you tried the non-gel
version just to see how it works for you?
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I think gel is really overrated. That could have been the problem - have you tried the non-gel version just to see how it works for you?
No and I probably won't, I got the Toupe as a replacement while on vacation. ripped my SLR while visiting Oregon, and I needed a saddle. When I got back home I replaced the Toupe with the Thork.
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Me too on the "Selle Anatomica Titanico w the Clydesdale option and treated leather". A LBS gave it to me to try out with a "come back and pay for it or return it sometime" after I'd gone in to inquire about a B-17 to replace a Swift. After a couple of weeks I decided to pay for it. I've got about eight hundred miles on it now.
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I played with a bunch of different saddles. I was waisting time. After a few months of regular riding my butt-thigh connection got tougher. Now I have 4 seats that all feel fine.

I like the profile triathlon gel, with the cut out. Only downside is it kind of sponges up sweat over time, and outsmells my butt.
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I had the Specialized Alias 143,my "boys" would go numb on any rides of 50 miles or more. I switched to a Sella Strike Plus. This saddle is 159mm wide and really fits my sit bones. The extra wide cut out made a big difference for me.

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I have a sprung Brooks - the Champion Flyer. I'll start by saying that no one was more skeptical about Brooks leather saddles than I. I had an old Brooks on an old Raleigh (from the 1970s) and it was a torture machine.

However, enough people raved about them for me to give them another try. After about 3 months experience, I have to say I'm pleasantly impressed. My butt has gotten mildly sore a couple of times, but after 10 minutes off the bike to rest my rear, I've been good to go again - painfree and happy. I finished a century on it two weeks ago and was painfree at the end. That's good!

I described this on another post and people said the small amount of pain I experienced would probably go away completely after my saddle was broken in better.

So far I like it. I haven't taken it off and put my old, reliable Vetta back on yet, which says something. I'm ready to take it on a 3-week tour and give it a real test.

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Call me crazy but after trying tons of saddles, my favorite one is the ghetto cheap black faux-leather saddles that come on old 80s 10-speeds by schwinn, raleigh, fuji, etc.
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When I bought my GIANT RAINIER Mtn Bike in June, I was not happy with the size of the seat and without any trial had the stock seat changed out for a wider, cushier Cloud-9. I thought I was going to die. After my rides, that at this point were mostly under 10 miles, I could not sit down without moaning for about 24 hours. I posted an SOS on this board and explained my logic that since I was 245# that I figured I needed a bigger seat. The responses that I received back were either that I needed a SMALLER SEAT??? or I had some really bad medical condition. I decided that I would try the seat, as I could not deal with a medical condition

So, I went to my LBS and told him what I wanted to do and he brought out a WTB VL-3021 Ass Hatchet I did not think there was any way this could work. Well, that was two months ago and I have not had a problem since. This past Saturday, I rode 50 miles and my bum was the least of my discomfort.

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Specialized Avatar 143 on my road bike, Serfas RX on my hybrid. Like the Specialized a lot, the Serfas is great for rides up to 30 miles but is too soft for longer rides.
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