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Old 10-13-18, 12:59 PM
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Saddle Trials in Northern Oregon

I'm trying to find a saddle I like. I live in Newberg Oregon. Is there a bike shop that does loaner saddles near me? I have 3 on the shelf and one on the bike that I'm not a fan of. I am recently back to cycling after 20 years away. The saddle I loved years ago, doesn't work anymore. I've got about 600 miles, in the last 3 months.
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dozens

Tried the many shops in Portland Yet? hit them all ..
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In downtown Tigard there is kind of an eclectic bike shop. You might hit them up. There are also several bike co-ops around the Portland area. Selection at the co-ops vary, but sometimes something unique pops up. If you're lucky, they'd let you try a seat, then trade it back if you don't like it.

Also keep an eye on Craigsliist. I find some of the Italian seats to be quite comfortable, but I'll ride a variety of seats.

A couple of thoughts though. Look up Measuring Sit Bones on the web. That may help you get the size and shape of seat appropriate.

Also, you really need some time on the bike. Get in a few long rides. Try riding a few days a week, etc.

Now, changes in the past 30 years or so.
Older seats tended to be rounder. Newer ones tend to flare out at least on the rear end, where you'll be seated. Gel?

Most new seats have some kind of a softer center, depression, or channel to help fit the front half of the body.

I find that if I have some bar drop, then I still prefer to point the seat towards the bars.

One last thing, padded shorts are popular.
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Old 10-14-18, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Idak View Post
I'm trying to find a saddle I like. I live in Newberg Oregon. Is there a bike shop that does loaner saddles near me? I have 3 on the shelf and one on the bike that I'm not a fan of. I am recently back to cycling after 20 years away. The saddle I loved years ago, doesn't work anymore. I've got about 600 miles, in the last 3 months.
I don't know about Newberg, but if you want to head up to Portland I've found the answer to your problem:
The Saddle Library ? Gladys Bikes
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Old 10-14-18, 09:12 PM
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"Near You" You will have to travel up to Portland area. I had a very uncomfortable saddle. Then found out my "sit bones" and looked up what saddles are best suited for that range of sit bones. Ended up a Brooks C15 and absolutely love it! Hope that helps in some way.
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I've never had luck with LBS saddle variety. I've had the best luck using Performance Bike. They allow free unquestioned returns of saddles in perfect condition and in their original packaging. I'd buy 3 at a time, test them, and usually send them all back, try another 3. I made sure to ride at least one 3+ hour ride on each one that passed the casual "sit-on" test. I washed them and replaced them in their packaging, complete with zip-ties.
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Old 10-19-18, 05:53 AM
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Went to River City Cycles to look at shoes. They were the only ones with a 50 wide I could try on. While I was there, I tried a Specialized saddle. Much better than everything else I'd tried. Not quite right. I returned that one for one that was close to the same but wider. That one was perfect. I'm all good now.
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I love the Fabric saddle I put on my bike.

They gave a comfort guarantee, so you can buy one online and get your money back if you don't like it. REI, Backcountry.com, and Performance Bike all accept returns.
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OP, try "The NW Hub" non-profit in Salem, OR. located North end of town at intersection of Market St and Broadway. They have a couple bins full of $5 saddles. Mostly battered, heavy/ugly but found a few gems like an old Turbo, Avocet Touring & Racing, several Vetta models and best so far, a Manganese railed, Vetta SL. It's 8 Oz! That's just 5 grams heavier than their very expensive, Titanium rail model. There are a few more expensive saddles found in various display cases around the big store. Don
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