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How Many Did It Take You?

Old 07-07-08, 03:50 PM
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How Many Did It Take You?

I am trying a Terry Fly Ti saddle. It should be here in a couple of days. It is for my Flatbar bike.
I just got a Toupe for my road bike. So far, so good.

This guy went through a few:

http://tampa.craigslist.org/pnl/bik/745609150.html

How many did it take you?
Are you still searching?


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Old 07-07-08, 03:57 PM
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I've been satisfied with all the saddles I've used except the BF brain trust favorite, the Toupe. But it took me 3 saddles to hone in on my favorite, the Arione.
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Old 07-07-08, 04:03 PM
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two, Aliante didnt like, Aspide w/cutout...good to go. I use a Regal on my Pinarello steel bike and it has been great as well..just too heavy for most bikes.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
I've been satisfied with all the saddles I've used except the BF brain trust favorite, the Toupe. But it took me 3 saddles to hone in on my favorite, the Arione.
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Old 07-07-08, 04:48 PM
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I really think a lot of people give up on a saddle as "bad" before they experiment enough with fine adjustments in the seat angle and position. Very slight changes can make many saddles feel completely different, at least in my experience.
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4 saddles.
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Old 07-07-08, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by CAAD5AL View Post
I really think a lot of people give up on a saddle as "bad" before they experiment enough with fine adjustments in the seat angle and position. Very slight changes can make many saddles feel completely different, at least in my experience.
very true
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On #4, but still looking. The Selle, Arione, and E3 will all hit the ebay block soon enough as my Specialized Alias currently holds the title. When I get around to it ($$$), I'd like to try the aforementioned Terry and Brooks as both seem to be well received.

One of my more altruistic ideas for make benefit of our asses is the creation of a saddle loaner collection. Someone (me) should consolidate all of our discarded saddles into a single box that could be shipped around for all of us to try. Imagine being able to try a dozen saddles for marginal cost (shipping). I know some jerkface would probably end of ganking the whole box eventually, but there are ways to mitigate that risk. I'd donate my Arione and E3.
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Originally Posted by Booger View Post
On #4, but still looking. The Selle, Arione, and E3 will all hit the ebay block soon enough as my Specialized Alias currently holds the title. When I get around to it ($$$), I'd like to try the aforementioned Terry and Brooks as both seem to be well received.

One of my more altruistic ideas for make benefit of our asses is the creation of a saddle loaner collection. Someone (me) should consolidate all of our discarded saddles into a single box that could be shipped around for all of us to try. Imagine being able to try a dozen saddles for marginal cost (shipping). I know some jerkface would probably end of ganking the whole box eventually, but there are ways to mitigate that risk. I'd donate my Arione and E3.
you can donate that to me
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I've only had one saddle that was unworkable.

You have to remember that these are saddles and not seats. They are all uncomfortable if you are putting most of your weight on them.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
the BF brain trust favorite, the Toupe.
1 saddle, i trusted the brain trust and after a 2 week ass braking period, it's now very comfy.
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Old 07-07-08, 06:20 PM
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I just bought #1 time will tell!
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on my 2nd (stella italia gel) was great at first but on a 50mile ride had some sit bone issues.....there may be a part 3 to my story.
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Old 07-07-08, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by cnynrpr View Post
1 saddle, i trusted the brain trust and after a 2 week ass braking period, it's now very comfy.
I gave mine 3,000 miles to prove itself. It proved incorrect.
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#1 - The cheapie no-name plastic saddle that came on my Trek 820, replaced with.......
#2 - The Wilderness Trail Speed saddle that came on my Surly Long Haul Trucker, replaced with.......
#3 - The Brooks B17 currently on my Trucker. I liked it so much that I just ordered another to go on the Trek 820.

Brooks B17 - Saddle Heaven!
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
I gave mine 3,000 miles to prove itself. It proved incorrect.
You should probably give it more than 2 weeks' time to make a decision



I've been having issues with the Toupe myself as of late.....it seems to be real finicky with fore/aft and tilt position. I had it nailed pretty perfectly last year, and it was great. Changed it a little this year, and it's been kind of annoying.
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I'm still using the stock saddle that came on my bike (don't know what that says about me but I'm sure someone will fill me in). I've had some issues with it lately (too much wing flex), so I am thinking of either the Nashbar racing saddle Rad55 features on his Orca or possibly a WTB. I'm sure putting a WTB mountain bike saddle on a road bike would offend some bike owners; me, I just don't take it that seriously, and I've heard good about WTB.
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I've been riding the same Terry Fly for the past three years. Unless it breaks, I can't think of a reason to replace it. Although like other things in life, if I get a new one I'll probably go out the first day and think "Why did I wait so long to replace it?".

I just put my aero bars back on after two years and it's taken a few adjustments to find the right setting so that all three positions are accomodated. Slid it forward and gave a slight tilt to the front and now things seem comfortable again.

**edit** I just realized I didn't answer the question...the Fly is the only saddle I've ridden on my road bike since I built it 3 years ago. I forget the saddle that was on my MTB but the bike was stolen so I never got a chance to try it on the roadie.
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I've bought, tried, and sold 'bout 6 or 7 of the most heralded saddles thru ebay the last 6 mo.s trying to find something better than my koobi au chrono. It's hard as a rock but my 'taint loves it. and he calls the shots.
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Originally Posted by Slackerprince View Post
I am trying a Terry Fly Ti saddle. It should be here in a couple of days. It is for my Flatbar bike.
I just got a Toupe for my road bike.
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Ah, my Doppelganger. I ride a Ti Fly on my flatbar commuter and a Toupe on my road bike. I love the Terry but it's about 100g heavier than the Toupe, which I like better anyway.
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I have only encountered one that I could not stand. A Fizik Rondine saddle.
My toupe is comfortable.
My old fizik arione was ok.
The new sella italia flite is my new favorite saddle. I may just try it out on the bike that has my toupe on it.
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Somewhere between Ten and Fifteen.

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7 or 8....
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