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Old 03-03-07, 05:39 AM
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Help finding seatpost size & comfort saddle

I just bought a 2007 Trek 7.3 FX (size 20) and I want to upgrade the seatpost to a Thudbuster. However I'm having a difficult time finding the right size seat post. It doesn't list it anywhere on the Trek site (unless I'm completely missing it...)

https://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1327010&f=26

I've consulted my manual to no avail (maybe I'm not looking hard enough?). Anybody know a quick/easy way to find this out w/o having to ride down to my LBS?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. I'm also looking for a VERYYY comfortable saddle. Budget $30 or less. I know there's plenty of coupons floating around... anybody have any recommendations? This stock Bontrager is KILLING me...
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Old 03-03-07, 06:08 AM
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Sorry can't help you on the seat post.

First it does take a while to get used to riding. How long have you been riding? Are you sure your current saddle is properly adjusted?

The question on saddles gets asked a lot. Most likely you are going to get comments from the "sit bone zealots" . They will tell you, you have to have a hard saddle so that you sit on your sit bones. They will tell you that the gel cell is garbage. Don't listen to them. In fact don't listen to anyone except your own butt. I can put 75 miles a day on a gel cell(pretty much all I want to do, but could probably do more) and feel like I have been riding on a cloud but the next rider might be in pure agony after 10 miles with the same saddle.

The fact is that a saddle is a very personal item. What is comfortable to you may not be comfortable to others. See if you can find an LBS that is willing to let you try a number of saddles. I also think Nashbar will let you return saddles.

$30 is really cutting your options, you might very well find a saddle that you like for that price but it is going to be difficult.
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Seatpost size is easy. Pull your seatpost all of the way out of the frame. Wipe the grease off of the bottom with a rag. Examine it carefully, the size will be etched into the bottom of the post.

A super cushy saddle for under $30.00, is probably going to be a hard find. Saddles are a hunt-and-peck kind of thing anyway. A saddle that one rider loves might feel like a picket fence to someone else. Most of the cushy comfort saddles that I've seen sell for the $35.00 and up range. If I was spending the significant money for the Thudbuster I don't think that I'd want to cheap out on the seat.
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Old 03-03-07, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
A super cushy saddle for under $30.00, is probably going to be a hard find. Saddles are a hunt-and-peck kind of thing anyway. A saddle that one rider loves might feel like a picket fence to someone else. Most of the cushy comfort saddles that I've seen sell for the $35.00 and up range. If I was spending the significant money for the Thudbuster I don't think that I'd want to cheap out on the seat.
I use a thudbuster for a very good reason and that is because I am a stoker on an offroad Tandem that is piloted by a Kami-kaze nutter. The thudbuster is fantastic for taking out the trail shocks but does nothing for the Butt ache. I spend a lot more time sitting on the tandem as you cannot independantly start moving around to get comfortable, so butt ache still comes in after 4 hours riding. Then what is a comfy saddle? From my experience it is not a Bontarger stock saddle. On the road bike I have the stock saddle as I can easily lift the weight off the saddle, or change position. MTB can be difficult and I have one of the Flite Titanium- thin razorblade saddles and this is fine as you only use the saddle to perch on occasionally. The Tandem however- Does require a wider saddle at the rear of it and it does require padding. I have a Selle Italia- Trans-Am and they are no longer made.

New saddle? + new rider? = Butt ache. Give the saddle and your butt a bit of time to get used to each other before starting on the never ending road of finding a comfortable saddle. Although saying that -I do not enjoy Bontrager saddles
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Originally Posted by Ray Bao
...Anybody know a quick/easy way to find this out w/o having to ride down to my LBS?...
Hi Ray!

CALL the LBS & ask them - they probably know without looking & if they must measure, they've got the tool to do so!
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Old 03-03-07, 06:23 PM
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Save your money. Put a few hundred miles on the bike and magically, the pain will start to go away. Then you can decide on a better saddle if you need one. It ain't the saddle or the post, it's your tender butt.
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Old 03-03-07, 11:06 PM
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Went down to the LBS today. It's a 27.2 mm. Thanks for the help/advice guys!
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How about keeping the stock seatpost and getting a brooks champion flyer?
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