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How to choose a saddle?

Old 07-09-15, 02:10 PM
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How to choose a saddle?

Hi,

I have a saddle I have been using for a while, (split down the centre, quite firm)... generally v. happy with it but in the last year either my seatbones are getting old or the saddle is beaten because it's getting more and more uncomfortable now in any rides > 2 hours.

It's been a long time so I am not up to speed on all the gear forums, but how can I choose a good saddle? What should I look for? and is there a journal where people have compared lots of saddles and made an "editors choice"?

Many thanks

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Old 07-09-15, 04:06 PM
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Get a saddle and Sit on it. its between your ass and the saddle not a popularity poll,

though the many threads that start asking the same question devolve into that.



Hit the LBS ask about take-off saddles.. they're new just when someone bought a new Bike they wanted something Else.



describe your on the bike posture and the riding that you do .



Note: Leather Brooks are popular , but also Stolen, because they are sellable and expensive.
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Old 07-10-15, 08:13 AM
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No two butts are the same. Sit and feel is the way. Some say 2cm wider than your sit bones width. every seat is comfy for 30 seconds. 4 hours down the road though...
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Get a saddle and Sit on it. its between your ass and the saddle not a popularity poll,

though the many threads that start asking the same question devolve into that.



Hit the LBS ask about take-off saddles.. they're new just when someone bought a new Bike they wanted something Else.



describe your on the bike posture and the riding that you do .



Note: Leather Brooks are popular , but also Stolen, because they are sellable and expensive.
Ultimately it's as Bob says, but perhaps you can reduce your search.

Can you describe your bike and your riding? What kind of position do you like? What is the difference between the heights of the saddle and the handlebars? Do you like to be stretched out a lot?
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Ahhh...welcome to the unwanted but now just have to do this search. After 30 years with an Avocet Touring I decided I needed to look into a new saddle. Now have a Selle Anatomica NSX. Only have a couple/three hundred miles on it so far but seems for me it was a good choice.
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i chose beefy plush saddle
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If the saddle you have doesn't cause you any problems other than sit bone pain, IOW no chafing, then pick another saddle with similar shape and cutout and try it. You can usually return or exchange a saddle if it doesn't work for you. If stores didn't do that, no one would buy saddles.
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Yesterday I went to the local Specialized dealer and sat on the ass-o-meter. It said I should have a 155-168mm seat according to the chart. I bought a Specialized Romin Expert and am trying it out so far so good.

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