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Is the shop owner trying to make more $$ off of me?

Old 08-09-09, 04:19 PM
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Old 08-09-09, 04:38 PM
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Take it home and ride it as is for at least 2 weeks. If you don't like it, buy one you think you'll like and keep the stock one so you can put it back on and keep your favorite saddle if/when you sell the bike.
Exactly. Saddles are a highly personal choice and preferences vary. You may hate the stock saddle or love it, but the shop owner can't know for sure what will fit you well. Ride the stock saddle for a little while and get to know how it interacts with your backside. They you will be able to be more specific about what saddle you need. For many people here selecting a saddle has been quite an involved process.
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Old 08-09-09, 05:26 PM
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It seems like nearly everyone hates the stock saddle and the LBS owner is pushing something that he thinks has a better chance of success. So, I would suggest that you take him up on the offer.

Assuming that it's a swap (not more expensive), than what have you got to lose?
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Old 08-09-09, 05:48 PM
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"I dont think anyone has ever kept a Ponza "


I bought and sold 10-12 saddles on Ebay and finally settled on the Fizik Arione. My brother bought a CAAD 9 with the stock Ponza saddle. I tried it one day and really liked that saddle. For some reason, the Ponza is one of the best saddles I have ever found for me and I have tried most of them.

I subsequently bought a Cervelo TT bike and it came with Profile Design TT saddle. I liked that stock saddle better than the Ponza and the Fizik and have bought 3 of them for my 3 bikes.

You never know about a saddle until you actually try it. A stock saddle is a free one to try.
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Old 08-10-09, 01:02 AM
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no way a big guy with wide sitz bones is going to like that saddle. bigger folks tend to like fizik alliantes, selle italia pro link, san marco regal. specialized in a 15? width. will depend on how much saddle to bar rop you are going to run also. what saddle is he recommending?
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Old 08-10-09, 01:15 AM
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I have logged enough miles to know pretty quickly if a given saddle is going to work or not... I know my sit bone width is fairly wide for a smaller person so saddles that look like they should work do not.

I ride with much bigger guys who rock some pretty narrow saddles with no complaints.

This is a good place to start... by getting some basic measurements taken.
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Old 08-10-09, 03:41 AM
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Originally Posted by NTSing View Post
Wow, thanks for all the replies guys. This forum is a great thing for someone such as myself who's new to all of this. It sounds like the shop owner is trying to do me a favor after reading what's being said here. It's good to learn that the saddle on this bike is fairly inexpensive. From my untrained eye it looked pricy but then it was sitting on an expensive (to me) bike. Would those of you that know more about this, and that would be everyone compared to me, recommend any particular seat brand or model for me to look at? The shop owner has a good selection of bikes and equipment to choose from.

Thanks for your help guys. I do appreciate it.
HI...the person at the shop should measure your "sit bones". Most shops have a pad that you sit on, it leaves an indentation of your "sit bones" , then they measure the two points and look for a seat that's wide enough to accomodate you. It's not magic and it's not guesswork.

For bigger guys, I've had a lot of good feedback with WTB saddles, as they have a bit more padding, are nice and wide, and are flat. Stay away from a saddle that curved side to side. Good for a smaller experienced rider, not so good for someone self described as a linebakcer.
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Old 08-10-09, 03:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Val23708 View Post
I dont think anyone has ever kept a Ponza
I kept mine, not on the bike though
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Old 08-10-09, 05:19 AM
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Ponza ouch. They sell for $20 easy though.
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