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Old 03-16-14, 06:12 PM
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Do you have a designated wet-weather bike? What saddle is on it?

I've got a Giant Flow 1 on the build that I just completed, and it's nowhere near as comfortable as the Berthoud Aspin and Brooks Flyer on my other bikes. Thing is, I don't really want to spend that kind of money on the saddle for this bike, especially when it would mean putting leather on a bike that's primarily intended for wet conditions. I'm intrigued by the Brooks Cambium, but it sounds like the fabric covering retains water for a while. What else is out there?
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If a saddle isn't a Specialized BG, my butt demands it be a Charge Spoon.

One of the best values that I've found in biking.
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My rainy day bike has a Tioga Spyder saddle:


Installation can wait by 1nterceptor, on Flickr


Tioga Twintail Spyder by 1nterceptor, on Flickr
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The guy that got me to try the Charge saddle found them when he replaced his Tioga with it.
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The Charge and Tioga saddles above sound REALLY narrow...
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Brooks leather for me.

Cows have no problem in the rain. Neither do I.
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Old 03-17-14, 12:53 AM
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You can put a cover on a Brooks for rain use.

My commute bike is a "rain or shine" ride, with a Selle Italia Turbo.
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Old 03-17-14, 03:35 AM
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Originally Posted by BikeAnon View Post
Brooks leather for me.

Cows have no problem in the rain. Neither do I.
+1. People over obsess about the weather and leather. It's not a big deal.

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Old 03-17-14, 07:32 AM
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No, just the one.
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I use a Selle An-Atomica Titanico X with their "Watershed Leather" on mine. Selle Anatomica - Products - Titanico X

Never had any problems with it when it's been very wet.
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Same saddle on all three of my bikes. I let my @$$ dictate the saddle, not the weather, and my @$$ says Selle Italia SLK Gel Flow.

When locking up, a plastic bag and a couple of rubber bands work wonders.
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Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
I use a Selle Anatomica Titanico X with their "Watershed Leather" on mine. Selle Anatomica - Products - Titanico X

Never had any problems with it when it's been very wet.
I had one of these for a while, it was given to me by a friend...I ended up not liking it, and gave it to another friend. I found the slot annoying, and the saddle had started to flatten and become a big triangle. I laced the sides together, and it still didn't help that much.
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i ride the serfas stinger rs -- a saddle that makes grown chamois-using men/women cry:



a 190 gm titanium rail saddle that can be bought for as little as $40.
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I had one of these for a while, it was given to me by a friend...I ended up not liking it, and gave it to another friend. I found the slot annoying, and the saddle had started to flatten and become a big triangle. I laced the sides together, and it still didn't help that much.
If you purchased it new, you could have sent it back and it would have been repaired at no cost. I'm guess you either didn't have the "X" version or are well over 250 lbs. I've never seen the "x" version flatten by any rider under the 250 lb. range for which it is designed. (BTW, I know of at least a dozen riders in my area using the saddle.) Typically, when folks are annoyed by the slot, it's because the tensioning is not adjusted properly. But who knows, anything is possible. They are a bit finicky to set up correctly. If your on a bike with the bars and seat close to level you need to keep the nose up ever so slightly. But if your bars are more than 2 inches lower than you seat, you need to keep it level or just a wee bit nose down.
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
Same saddle on all three of my bikes. I let my @$$ dictate the saddle, not the weather, and my @$$ says Selle Italia SLK Gel Flow.

When locking up, a plastic bag and a couple of rubber bands work wonders.
Agree 100% though I primarily use Brooks B-66 saddles on bikes, rain or shine, and tie down plastic bags by use of a bungee cord.
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B-17 on all my bikes. Add an Aardvark seat cover and it's good to go in the rain.
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Fizik Vitesse from a batch that Brompton got made for their prior SL/X model , with the Ti Bits.

Steel rails are bent for more setback travel than the standard bend..

And throw a thick plastic bag over it. which was the Bladder in a Franzia 5L wine box.


my non wet weather bikes are rarely ridden , now.

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I've switched from a Brooks B17 to Fizik Vitesse on most of my bikes. The Vitesse is similar in dimensions and shape to a B17 but weighs less than half as much (ti version). It is covered with a synthetic leather that is not affected by water.
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If you purchased it new, you could have sent it back and it would have been repaired at no cost. I'm guess you either didn't have the "X" version or are well over 250 lbs. I've never seen the "x" version flatten by any rider under the 250 lb. range for which it is designed. (BTW, I know of at least a dozen riders in my area using the saddle.) Typically, when folks are annoyed by the slot, it's because the tensioning is not adjusted properly. But who knows, anything is possible. They are a bit finicky to set up correctly. If your on a bike with the bars and seat close to level you need to keep the nose up ever so slightly. But if your bars are more than 2 inches lower than you seat, you need to keep it level or just a wee bit nose down.
I don't think I've ever hit 250 before! I'd have been closer to 180 when I got that saddle, and my friend is pretty thin, too. I think it may have been one of the earlier models, for whatever that's worth. I got a Brooks Flyer from the same friend, which he'd had modified by Selle An-Atomica as well, and I've never had the flattening issue with that one, or any need to lace it.
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I've been reading more about the Charge saddles, they sound pretty interesting. I may try to make time to stop by a shop that stocks Charge stuff in the morning.

EDIT: I called that shop this morning, they said they don't stock them. They're the only dealer in the area listed on Charge's site, though...

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One bike for everything. A brown San Marco Regal on an aluminum post during the winter, a white San Marco Regal on an aero carbon fiber post the rest of the year. Doesn't get covered in the rain; doesn't need it. Used during Paris-Brest-Paris, London-Edinburgh-London, Furnace Creek, and commuting every day in every kind of weather.

I've also got a Sella Anatomica without the slot, mounted on a post and ready to go, but the Sella Anatomica rep at the Seattle Bike Expo told me I should rub their $20 saddle cream underneath it for wet weather. So I'm not testing the saddle until I get a protracted period of dry weather here in the Pacific NW, or until I find something similar for a lot less than $20! What a joke.

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I rode on this through two full years of commuting and it's still going strong. Leather used to be THE foul weather material of choice for many people, it's not going to disintegrate on you because of some moisture. Though it will get slightly worn looking much quicker. But I like patina.
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Yes, wet/winter bike only. Has stock saddle it came with on it. Not perfect but works fine and don't care if it is damaged too much.
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Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
If a saddle isn't a Specialized BG, my butt demands it be a Charge Spoon.

One of the best values that I've found in biking.
Charge Spoon is my go-to as well. Unless SDG Bel-Air is on sale cheaper, which is rare.
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