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Old 04-23-16, 10:13 AM
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Hello, Any comfort Saddle suggestion for recreational riding?

Hello guys, I am pretty new to the biking scene, I have a new folding bike that I love but the saddle was painful after riding 2 hours.

Any brand or model suggestion for replacement saddle?
Thank you
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Old 04-23-16, 11:29 AM
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Ah, the endless quest for a comfortable saddle. Get ready for 25 different answers from 25 different people. It would be a lot easier if humans came in just two models - male and female - but we are all different. What works for me might be a disaster for you. Post a picture. You are new so probably not able to post a picture of the bike and seat unless you use a separate hosting site like Photobucket and give the link. Did it come with one of those wide seats that come on some "comfort bikes"? The good news is that after you get a bunch of miles on the bike, the seat may seem more comfortable. If you haven't ridden much, most seats will feel uncomfortable after 2 hours in the saddle. (Words of wisdom from a recumbent rider who never suffers from a sore tush unless I go to the dark side and ride one of my DF bikes!)
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I recommend visiting a Bike shop . They. if typical like the one here , have a dozen + different saddles .

The Company that owns Brooks . Selle (italian for a saddle company) Royale , made most of the money they used

to buy the other company out, Making Comfort saddles By the Millions, .. And Asia, mainland China and Taiwan,
Makes Millions More ..

place your posterior on a few and try them ..
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VegasTriker wrote:
Ah, the endless quest for a comfortable saddle. Get ready for 25 different answers from 25 different people.
Instead of buying and trying 25 different seats like I did, you should know that bike frame geometry plays a huge role in comfort. That's why I bought a Sun Easy Sport AX long wheelbase recumbent. Traditional bike seats have been nicknamed "ass hatchets" for a reason. My recumbent is basically a beach chair on wheels. Another good bike for comfort to try is the Electra Townie. It's a "crank forward" design which allows you to have your feet flat on the ground at a stop.




Sun Easy Sport AX stock photo



I copy/pasted this from another thread:
http://www.bikeforums.net/recreation...e-buy-new.html

Rootus wrote:
I do notice that when I'm riding with the kids it comes down to either a sore back or sore palms, because I'm not riding the bike like it's designed. Getting a more upright position would be really helpful I think.
And here is the crux of the problem. You are getting older and want to be more comfortable on a bike. But you have time and money invested in your old MTB. What to do? Well I can tell you that I went thru the same conundrum. I had an old Giant Iguana and tried various handlebars, riser stems and hundreds of dollars in different seats. None of that worked. It's all about the bike's geometry. MTB's and road bikes force you to sit hunched over the bars putting strain on your hands, wrists, neck and butt. I bought a LWB recumbent (Sun Easy Sport AX) and then an Electra Townie. Love'em both.

Is it possible to have just one do-it-all bike? Maybe when you are younger. Once we get older it's time to diversify the bike portfolio. Keep your Gary Fisher around for trail rides. Get a comfort bike for paved bike paths. Get a road bike for the hardcore training/I need to be accepted by the Lance Armstrong crowd. Do what works best for you. If cost is a big hurdle, remember that Craigslist is your friend.

But ultimately you have to keep this in mind: If you are more worried about how you look to other people while riding any given bike as opposed to how you feel riding any given bike, then you are living to make others happy. The end result will be, as The Stones put it "No Satisfaction."
Good luck with your quest for comfort!
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depends what you want to spend

cheap and good .... Charge spoon

really good (Rolls Royce of saddles IMHO) .... Gilles Berthoud Aravis with titanium rails
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
I recommend visiting a Bike shop . They. if typical like the one here , have a dozen + different saddles .
The Company that owns Brooks . Selle (italian for a saddle company) Royale , made most of the money they used
to buy the other company out, Making Comfort saddles By the Millions, .. And Asia, mainland China and Taiwan,
Makes Millions More ..
place your posterior on a few and try them ..
Thank you Fietsbob, I think visiting a bike shop and then ordering it online cheaper will be the best option for me. I live in NYC and the taxes can be quite a lot sometimes.
I looked into both Brooks and Selle Royale, they seem fantastic but Brooks is a bit expensive.
Selle Royale on the other hand seems like a great option without going too expensive. Thank you very much for the recommendations.

Originally Posted by dim View Post
depends what you want to spend
cheap and good .... Charge spoon
really good (Rolls Royce of saddles IMHO) .... Gilles Berthoud Aravis with titanium rails
Thank you Dim!
Charge Spoon looks like an excellent brand and the prices are on point. Thank you very much. Gilles is a bit of a budget breaker but thank you for that as well.


Originally Posted by trestlehed View Post
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Instead of buying and trying 25 different seats like I did, you should know that bike frame geometry plays a huge role in comfort. That's why I bought a Sun Easy Sport AX long wheelbase recumbent. Traditional bike seats have been nicknamed "ass hatchets" for a reason. My recumbent is basically a beach chair on wheels. Another good bike for comfort to try is the Electra Townie. It's a "crank forward" design which allows you to have your feet flat on the ground at a stop.
Thank you Trestle, your bikes seem fantastic! I have a Downtube Nova folder that I just got, I like it a lot, it's solid and rides pretty well.
Electra Townie Bike is an excellent brand! They have a lot of all around custom, very cool bike products, very tempting, since I like to buy things! Thank you so much for the suggestion, will definitely use them.

Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
Ah, the endless quest for a comfortable saddle. Get ready for 25 different answers from 25 different people. It would be a lot easier if humans came in just two models - male and female - but we are all different. What works for me might be a disaster for you. Post a picture. You are new so probably not able to post a picture of the bike and seat unless you use a separate hosting site like Photobucket and give the link. Did it come with one of those wide seats that come on some "comfort bikes"? The good news is that after you get a bunch of miles on the bike, the seat may seem more comfortable. If you haven't ridden much, most seats will feel uncomfortable after 2 hours in the saddle. (Words of wisdom from a recumbent rider who never suffers from a sore tush unless I go to the dark side and ride one of my DF bikes!)
Hello Vegas! You were right, there are a lot of options for comfort saddles...it's going to be harder than picking the bike! By the way I have a Downtube Nova folder, so far, I love it! I think going to a bike shop will be my best option but people here gave me great suggestions and I will definitely take a look at those brands.
I did get a bit sore but it went away in a couple days, also the saddle which came with Nova was a bit too sturdy, i will give it a week and see if anything changes. (I doubt because when I used to rent a bike (cheap) I didn't get sore)
Thank you again for your input, much appreciated.
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