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Old 04-05-11, 03:00 PM
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New saddle advice

I have a trek commuting saddle. It has a channel and a cutout and some gel. Its comfy, and big and a little uncomfortable.

I am looking for something a little slimmer and thinner. Fizik Arione comes with and without a channel and is fairly light.

Basically I am looking to see what you are using. I am reading reviews and stuff, but I want to hear what you have.

My commute is 20 miles round trip. I am 155 pounds and about 6' tall. I ride a steel roadie. I plan on centuries and some light racing. I just want an all rounder and something that can handle a commute.
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Old 04-05-11, 03:38 PM
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I would point you to the brooks saddles. B-17, Imperial, swallow, and swift depending upon your seat to bar drop config.
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Old 04-05-11, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by I_like_cereal View Post
I have a trek commuting saddle. It has a channel and a cutout and some gel. Its comfy, and big and a little uncomfortable.

I am looking for something a little slimmer and thinner. Fizik Arione comes with and without a channel and is fairly light.

Basically I am looking to see what you are using. I am reading reviews and stuff, but I want to hear what you have.

My commute is 20 miles round trip. I am 155 pounds and about 6' tall. I ride a steel roadie. I plan on centuries and some light racing. I just want an all rounder and something that can handle a commute.

One Word: Brooks
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Old 04-05-11, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by I_like_cereal View Post
I have a trek commuting saddle. It has a channel and a cutout and some gel. Its comfy, and big and a little uncomfortable.
I'm confused. Is it comfy or uncomfortable??

I'm currently using a B17 on my commuter bike and a Terry saddle on my road bike. Both are quite comfortable.
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Old 04-05-11, 04:07 PM
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I like my Brooks Swift and Swallow. Hated the b17. I also have an Arione on my road bike and it's a nice saddle too. I commute on the Swift and Arione with no issues. I think if you're going to do some racing, then the Arione might be a better choice due to weight savings. If weight doesn't matter to you, then the Swift or Swallow would be nice too. It's hard to say really because everyone's butts are different.
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Old 04-05-11, 04:13 PM
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Everyone's butt is different. Mine is a Selle Italia Flite butt. Whether I'm racing, commuting, or just riding with the kids to little league, that's what I'm sitting on.
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Old 04-05-11, 05:10 PM
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But, I too have My Own Butt, It may not work for you ..
Fi:zi'k Vitesse, 1 CP3, 1 bought thru Brompton which I can shove back further back
on a zero setback seat post .. They got a different rail bend shape.
Selle Italia Turbo, aluminum rails . (sell?)
San Marco Rolls, and a Concor Max, 3 brooks Pros , an Avocet touring 2,
and a turbo with Avocet design (thick/thin) shell.
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Old 04-07-11, 02:00 PM
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I have three bikes I commute on. Two I have Brooks B17 and the third is a Brooks B67 which has springs. Brooks saddles are leather and over time will break in and form to the shape of your posterior. They are expensive but well worth the money plus they are classicly stylish.
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Old 04-08-11, 07:14 AM
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I'm a fan of the Selle Royal Freeway. They're fairly cheap, classy looking, thin enough, and give a lot of cushion.
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Old 04-08-11, 07:54 AM
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Most butts are like finger prints, uniques and different. I'm not even going to recommend a brand. I went through saddles like I do shoes. My only suggestion is to get it from a LBS who has a no hassle return or exchange policy.
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Old 04-08-11, 08:05 AM
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My butt thoroughly enjoyed specialized Toupe Ti143 when I was riding a roadie, I saw somewhere online a guide to seat width that had to do with your waist line but I don't remember where I saw it. I know that I have a 32" waist line and I'm most comfy on a seat thats 143-145mm wide
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Old 04-08-11, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Most butts are like finger prints, uniques and different. I'm not even going to recommend a brand. I went through saddles like I do shoes. My only suggestion is to get it from a LBS who has a no hassle return or exchange policy.
+1000
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Old 04-08-11, 08:47 AM
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My best saddle was an original on my '92 C'dale touring bike: a Vetta gel. It was the most comfortable and longest lasting at 27k miles. I've been through several others since then, with varying comfort and durability. A couple of Terrys started cracking out at 1k miles and were unrideable by 2k. My current main saddle is a Brooks Swift and I'd rate it in the middle of the pack for comfort. At 10k miles now, it *should* be broken in but there are days when I wonder...

So yes, we can't help much other than to offer the generic advice of try many, and preferably with a good LBS! Throwing a Brooks into the mix of testing is difficult because of its necessary break-in period of several hundred miles.

If you can test a few, spend some time on the bike with a longer ride. What may feel comfortable in the first few miles may not after 30, and that's with another 70 left on your centuries. :-)
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Old 04-08-11, 04:04 PM
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You've got to judge for your own butt, but I'm In the Brooks camp.My take on saddles after forty years on them is here:

http://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com...onspiracy.html

I use VO leather also but, if you don't want to risk a lot of money trying them out, I'd say Brooks.

Marc
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Old 04-08-11, 08:07 PM
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I've been using a Terry Liberator Y on my commuter and The Liberator Race on my good bike. Both are great saddles. The Y-which is wider and the Liberator Race, which is narrower and a bit lighter.
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Old 04-08-11, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Most butts are like finger prints, uniques and different. I'm not even going to recommend a brand. I went through saddles like I do shoes. My only suggestion is to get it from a LBS who has a no hassle return or exchange policy.
+1

I'd just add that not everyone likes the Brooks saddles. I tossed mine over thirty years ago and will never look back.
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Most butts are like finger prints, uniques and different. I'm not even going to recommend a brand. I went through saddles like I do shoes. My only suggestion is to get it from a LBS who has a no hassle return or exchange policy.
I don't know why some even bother with trying to get a saddle recommendation when what suits me, doesn't do it for you or some other schmuck on a bike. Ask your other cycling friends if you can test ride their saddles or bike for a long ride. Or find a shop that offers demo saddles, some saddle companies offer them.
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Old 04-09-11, 05:17 AM
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http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...jsp?spid=56904
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
+1

I'd just add that not everyone likes the Brooks saddles. I tossed mine over thirty years ago and will never look back.
Amen to that.

+1
This looks and, most importantly, feels great on my Waterford.
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Originally Posted by I_like_cereal View Post
I Its comfy, and big and a little uncomfortable.
So it's comfy and uncomfortable? I'd say you are schizophrenic. You need 2 saddles.

Seriously, I like my Brooks B17.
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Old 04-09-11, 10:18 AM
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Get a Brooks from wallbike.com. 6 month return policy. You probably won't take advantage of it though.
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Old 04-11-11, 09:08 AM
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My saddle is comy, but does give me some butt buzz after a few miles if I am not in the sweet spot.

I understand that butts are different and yes it is all subjective, but my logic is this - If you have 100 post a response and of those 100, 10 are fans of Brooks, 20 are fans of Specialized this, and 50 are fans of Sella, and so on. Then that gives me at least a brand to start with. Most of the people here are long time riders or ride long distances and they depend on a saddle. I cannot get that kind of feedback from a standard review.

I am little hesitant with the Brooks as it rains like hell here and I would probably have to switch the saddle in the winter or put a cover on it. So something a little more synthetic from a care perspective.

I will be looking for a place that has a no hassle return policy, and will probably put a weeks worth of commutes and a good 50 miler weekend run on it before I decide. That will give me 150 miles to decide if it will work.
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I have three saddles I like out of the 20 or so I've tried: 1. a Kuips saddle with a narrow nose I LOVE but can't find anywhere, 2. a Specialized Avatar, and 3. my new Brooks B17 Imperial narrow. I've spent a fortune trying to avoid the Brooks, and now must eat crow and admit it is already more comfortable than all but the #1 Kuips. I wish I'd picked it from the start. Of course your butt ain't my butt but: there's my opinion...which is like a butt....ok, I'm done now.
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