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making saddles slippery

Old 04-18-09, 12:30 AM
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making saddles slippery

So I've asked this in the mechanics forum, but I'll ask here as well.

Currently I'm using the stock CAAD9 saddle, the Selle San Marco Ponza. My butt finds it pretty agreeable so I don't feel the need to replace it. The thing is, the leather/pleather on it is pretty sticky. It's starting to wear through my shorts where it rubs on my thighs. Is there anything that you guys suggest I try on the saddle to make it smooth and slippery?
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I treat the saddle with a small amount of Armor All the day before.
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What part of the saddle is causing the wear? If it's stitching, the Armor All won't help much. You can try electrical tape over the stitching, but it'll need to be replaced fairly often.

Is it the saddle or do you have a saddle bag with a velcro wrap around the seatpost? That can cause shorts wear too.
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Originally Posted by tim00gle View Post
So I've asked this in the mechanics forum, but I'll ask here as well.

Currently I'm using the stock CAAD9 saddle, the Selle San Marco Ponza. My butt finds it pretty agreeable so I don't feel the need to replace it. The thing is, the leather/pleather on it is pretty sticky. It's starting to wear through my shorts where it rubs on my thighs. Is there anything that you guys suggest I try on the saddle to make it smooth and slippery?
Lexol leather conditioner. Auto parts store. Apply, then wipe off.
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Old 04-18-09, 10:42 AM
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Saddle wax........wax on, wax off
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Saddle soap works great
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I was polishing my bike one day with Armor All and put some on the saddle. I almost slid off it all day. If you want slippery that stuff will work.
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Get some leather treatment at Target in the auto parts area. Sweat seems to break it down after a couple of weeks, so I reapply when I clean my bike.

Does your saddle have a smooth or textured finish? Mine is smooth.
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Here's the thing, though --

Brooks saddles, as we know, are pretty slippery already. But, they deform with a sort of hammock effect, so while your clothing isn't being gripped by the leather surface, your butt isn't going to be sliding off completely, either.

I rode with a Ponza only for as long as a test ride on my CAAD8, and I don't think it deforms nearly as much as a Brooks (or Specialized Toupe, or an Aliante, or a broken-in Arione, etc). You'll be able to make its surface more slippery, but be aware that its structure simply may not hold you in place, either.
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