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Picking a new saddle.

Old 12-30-08, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
first long ride today and the saddle didn't cause any issues, i'm gonna cut down a little on tomorrows ride and do 45 miles. I'm a tad sore today, but usually feel that way 30 minutes after a real long ride.
That looks like a nice saddle. If you don't mind, what size did you go with and is it gel or not. Looks like it only comes in 130mm and 143mm. with the later width being pretty common.
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Old 12-30-08, 05:24 PM
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I got the team toupe(free matching bar tape deal) 143mm, unfortunately some visitors came earlier today than i expected today. so i only got to ride the bike 12 miles near my house. My rear hurt for like 5 minutes but then was not an issue the rest of the ride. I think it will turn out to be a good choice. They say it has a break in period, but nowhere near something like a brooks.

and yes it does look cool so it must make me faster right.
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Old 12-31-08, 02:59 AM
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I have a toupe gel on my cannondale synapse. I don't have any complaints for rides under 50 miles. 50-60 miles... i feel it... at 75 miles... I won't ride it anymore. I rode the one-day 203 mile STP and swapped my saddle (brooks b-17) from my touring bike to the synapse. It looks a bit strange... but, I didn't have a single complaint about my butt getting sore.

As far as a break-in period for the toupe gel... mine has 3300 miles on it and it feels the same as the day I bought it. It took about 600 miles to break-in the brooks.
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Old 12-31-08, 04:28 AM
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Originally Posted by bamacrazy View Post
I'm looking at a Brooks B67 for my Hardrock Pro. Any of you guys tried one?
I have a B67 on my tandem and find it more comfortable than the B17 for the more upright riding position. I have an old B15 on my road bike and a B17 on my grocery getter.
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Old 12-31-08, 06:45 AM
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I think i'm going to get an additional saddle for long rides. For my four hour rides the toupe seems like it will get the job done. I do want to start riding a few centuries a year though and it may be wise to get a saddle that would be more comfortable after the 4 hour mark.
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Old 12-31-08, 01:44 PM
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I just picked up a White colored Alias for my CDale Synapse and it feels very good compared to the stock San Marco Ponza that came with the bike. I went with a 143mm Alias after the fitting session at the LBS.

I have also tried the Fizik Arione which I found to be very good but pricier than the Alias. Some of the bike store offer a trial basket of a few saddles for a nominal fee. You should see if you have access to this option. It is a great way to test a variety of saddles in your regular riding environment.
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Old 01-01-09, 10:00 AM
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Newly returned to cycling with only 1200 miles under my butt I switch from the stock saddle on my Giant OCR1 to a Terry Fly Gel (or something similar). The saddle is well made, good materials and all that, but I'm finding that even with the saddle dead level it's pitching me forward, putting more weight in my hands than the stock saddle. It's tempting to try one of those "batch-o-saddle" deals because buying saddles one at a time could get pricey. Meanwhile, I'm going back to my stock saddle.

Interestingly enough I read a post elsewhere concerning a Terry saddle which described the same difficulty I'm finding. The saddle design should be right (according to Terry) for a recreational rider, one with a posture somewhere between touring and racing (that's a lot of ground, however). Although my handle bars are below the seat I'm pretty long limbed and relatively comfortable with my hands on the brake hoods.
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Old 01-01-09, 01:03 PM
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i've actually heard good things about the stock ocr saddles. I think they are fizik aliante sports, I am thinking of picking one up off ebay for 30 bucks. Also I was looking at a specialized BG2 body geometry saddle. The thing was soft and flexible, while i was riding today i was wishing that my saddle was a tad softer or my butt was harder.
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Old 01-01-09, 06:11 PM
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Rido R2

Despite pseudo-scientific marketing and it's somewhat funny looks, this saddle works well for me: Rido R2
http://www.rido-cyclesaddles.com/sen...2-c100064.html
I weigh in at #250 and have wider seat bones.
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Started with a Specialized Alias on my '06 Tarmac Pro but after a double hernia operation, switched over to a Selle SMP Pro in search of a more comfy ride for the... uh... "boys"... They're gonna' have to pry that thing out of my cold dead hands before I'll ever use another saddle!!
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New saddle

I've now got the E3 Gel on three of my bikes with a 4th ( a single speed I'm building) pretty sure to recieve one as well.
I really like the seat. The padding is just right under the sit bones. (although I tend to ride back farther on the saddle than many)
The only exception is the LeTour Tourist which as a B66 on it. Mel Pinto Imports.
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