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Old 06-19-14, 06:17 PM
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Replacement for Brompton saddle?

Hello

I chose the Brompton saddle instead of a Brooks because 1) I wanted to give it a try before shelling out more, and 2) Brooks saddles get stolen a lot and, being made of leather, must be kept from the rain.

But with the Brompton saddle, even when just riding in the city for a couple of hours, my butt starts aching, and there's no way I could do a 100km daytrip.

I was wondering what other, non-leather saddle to get for day-long riding.

Thank you.
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Old 06-19-14, 07:43 PM
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Old 06-20-14, 06:14 AM
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There is the Brooks C17 which is water-proof and doesn't need to be broken in.

I have heard good things about it, but I'm really the wrong person to ask... (And it's not cheap)

(I am currently commuting on an upright DF bike to/from train station and all I have to say is that it's literally a pain in the @$$, but otherwise a lot of fun. - more on that later...)
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Old 06-20-14, 09:24 AM
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Thanks for the tips.

Since it's cheaper, has a lot of great user reviews, and is less likely to be stolen when parking the bike on the street, I'll give the Selle SMP TRK a try.
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Old 06-20-14, 12:14 PM
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IMHO a treated and cared for leather Brooks will stand up to rain just like leather rucksacks, briefcases, bags, boots, shoes, jackets...
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Old 06-20-14, 01:12 PM
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I've got a WTB SST on mine(a take-off from the LBS) , but why not spring for a Brooks C17?


I bought a couple of Fizik for Brompton Vitesse HP saddles .. they were an option on their past X -Ti featured bikes..

cover on those is less durable than the stuff covering the one (velo) made for WTB ..

then again there's the classics https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/u...e/rp-prod68746

There is a lot of Selle Italia Turbo Knock offs too.. TaiBo out of Merry Sales [SOMA] is one.

Your arse gets the final vote, of course..

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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post
Hello

2) Brooks saddles get stolen a lot and, being made of leather, must be kept from the rain.





Thank you.

If your trying to tell us that you leave your Brompton outside then it won't matter what seat you get.It and the seat you finally get won't be your's for to long.
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Old 06-20-14, 03:38 PM
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At €125 for the Brooks C17, I'll pass, but add the WTB SST to the list.
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Old 06-24-14, 01:09 AM
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Old 07-05-14, 08:01 AM
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I have a B17 for mine and a cover for the B17 when transporting the Brompton. If it's raining or threatening rain I leave the cover on while riding—simple.
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Though I have a Brooks on my Brompton, a saddle I would recommend is the Specialized Avatar. Comes in three widths and a cut out if that is what you like. It is a pretty flat saddle, so nothing extreme. I purchased this saddle in 155 as I am in a more upright position on my bikes and I love the saddle.
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Old 07-11-14, 01:02 PM
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Thanks for the tip on the Specialized Avatar.

The Selle SMP TRK was OK, but after ten days of whole-day riding, my butt was beginning to hurt.

I wish some bike store would offer to rent a few saddles for a day before making an informed choice.
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+1 for Brooks.

It may not be the most waterproof - apply their recommended waterproofing and get a cover or just have a plastic bag around for emergencies - and it might be more theft prone - looping a cable or chain through it helps - but it's way more comfortable than most other saddles. And at end of the day, if your butt hurts and the discomfort ruins your ride, well, so much for biking, eh?
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A version of the Fizik Vitesse .. made for Brompton.. I have 2 I use on other bikes

Brompton Saddle Vitesse - QSADVIT - 16.00

rail bend is different for more setback adjustment. ..works with the B Pentaclip.

[Its not like I was putting the clip ahead of the seatpost on the 1st place]

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
A version of the Fizik Vitesse .. made for Brompton I have 2 I use on other bikes

Brompton Saddle Vitesse - QSADVIT - 16.00

rail bend is different for more setback adjustment. ..works with the B Pentaclip.
How come you need so much setback? Looooong thighs? I used to think I wanted more setback than available with Brooks saddles. Somehow I got used to less and now I don't want more.
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weight bias .. take it off the hands .. got rid of a Zero setback seatpost too.. steep 73 degree seat tube..
they arent on Bromptons Now ..

Used the SAP on the Mk2 Brommy the longer top tube length of the Mk4 It was not needed

I just dont like the current Brompton Nose Handle saddles Put it on the Mk2 when I sold It.

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Old 07-12-14, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Winfried View Post
The Selle SMP TRK was OK, but after ten days of whole-day riding, my butt was beginning to hurt.

I wish some bike store would offer to rent a few saddles for a day before making an informed choice.
Sorry to hear that. I use Ebay as a substitute for a rental place - even if I sell there at a substantial loss, at least somebody gets a use out of the item and it does not take space anymore at my place.
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RIDO saddle, look them up! do a touring version and a race version, built especially for those with sore arses! RIDO: a unique design concept in bicycle saddle design and cycling comfort.
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RIDO saddle, look them up! do a touring version and a race version, built especially for those with sore arses! RIDO: a unique design concept in bicycle saddle design and cycling comfort.
seems legit. thanks.

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they also have a facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/RIDO-...957676?fref=ts
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