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What is a good saddle for long distances?

Old 01-20-12, 05:30 PM
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What is a good saddle for long distances?

Or even medium distances (like more than 30 miles). Same bike of last 4 years. On rides longer than 30 miles I just end up with a sore butt! Never had a issue with saddle sores but now I do.

My beloved Specialized Toupe is no longer agreeing with me anymore. Been in denial for some time because I absolutely loved it for quite some years. This is my 5th Toupe.

I've gained some weight, 8-10 lbs, but not sure this is the reason. I've tried moving the saddle back and forth but nothing seems to work. I've gotten older but can't do anything about that, other than maintaining core strength, etc.

Any suggestions on other corrective measures I can take? or replacement saddles? Interested in hearing what Ritchey Biomax or Fizik Arione / Antares users have to say, specially if you switched from a Toupe.
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Old 01-20-12, 06:00 PM
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A Selle Italia SLR works for me as well as the C64 and the CX Zero Teknologika. Several double century's and my butts ready for more [but my legs say no more].
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Saddles are personal things and what is good for me may not be good for you. The only saddle that doesn't work for me that I have ridden on is a Selle Concors Light.

If you take a poll of all cyclists, Brooks saddles will probably win but the Roadie forum, with its fixation on grams, is loathe to admit this as Brooks saddles are not known for being light.
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Agreed, saddles are very personal. Try a demo saddle at your LBS. I demoed several fizik's, Selle San Marco, etc...I found the Aliante to be a great long distance saddle for me, but I settled with a Ritchey WCS Marathon. Love my SLR too!
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Old 01-20-12, 06:40 PM
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I like the Cobb saddle

I did multiple centuries plus a 160 mile RAIN ride......never an issue with the Cobb
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Here's a vote for a Brooks. I suggest looking at the Team Pro or B17, depending on whether you are more partial to the wider (B17) or narrower (Team Pro) style. Those are probably the two most popular models. I ride on a Team Pro myself.
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Like others have said, saddles are so personal it's silly to try to recommend one to someone else. That being said... I love my aliante. Something important to note about Fizzik saddles is that there's a big difference within a model as you go up the range. The cheap aliantes have a full plastic shell, the carbon railed (and titanium railed iirc) have a plastic frame with a carbon/kevlar weave in the middle. This center weave really creates a hammock for your banana to rest in and alleviates all pressure.
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Old 01-20-12, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by sdlesko View Post
I did multiple centuries plus a 160 mile RAIN ride......never an issue with the Cobb
Which model do you have? Been looking at the SHC170. Like the flat back on it. I think the problem I have with the Toupe is that the middle aperture is actually creating the problem by letting 'stuff' in and thereby causing uneven pressure points. What did you switch from and if you don't mind, what's your weight and your type of rding?
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A lot of folks like the Selle An-Atomica for long distances. (Search on these forums and you'll find many posts.) Think of it as a hammock for your butt. I like mine well enough.



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Old 01-20-12, 07:14 PM
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The one that fits you best is the best one for long distances. I don't think this is specific to any one brand or model.
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Brooks B17. Big, heavy and looks a bit out of place on modern road bikes...but holy hell are they comfortable.
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I used the arione for a while but it was just to stiff for me. I know they say padding is your worst enemy for long distance but I am currently using the tri2 arione which is essentially the same (more padding in the nose) shape. The main difference I feel is the leather used is more supple and the foam used less firm. (keep in mind when I say that its less firm I dont mean by much at all). have done 2 century rides on it without any issues at all.
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Is it possible that your current saddle has simply "worn out", the thin padding no longer doing its job? 30 miles is an awfully short ride for a butt to really start hurting. Could the saddle fore/aft position have changed or the tilt?
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Yes. Saddles do lose their support, particularly those with a relief channel down the center. A fitter told me the average lifespan of a Toupe is about 4-5K miles. Naturally this will vary with rider weight.

Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
Is it possible that your current saddle has simply "worn out", the thin padding no longer doing its job? 30 miles is an awfully short ride for a butt to really start hurting. Could the saddle fore/aft position have changed or the tilt?
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Old 01-21-12, 03:16 AM
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How about a Serfas Super Cruiser, only 1725g:

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Sounds like some change in your undercarriage region.
Go see your doctor.
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Saddles are too personal for anyone to make recommendations. See if any of your LBS have a demo program of some sort so you can experiment.
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For long distances ... Brooks B17s.
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Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
Is it possible that your current saddle has simply "worn out"
Saddle is less than a month old

the thin padding no longer doing its job?
That is my theory also, on account of the extra weight

30 miles is an awfully short ride for a butt to really start hurting
Completely in agreement.

Could the saddle fore/aft position have changed or the tilt?
And this is where you got me in a bind. I should have been smart enough to record the exact position not just the fore/aft but also the height. If only to compare to a future saddle.
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I always wanted to try the Cobb saddles but they are so darn expensive.

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I did multiple centuries plus a 160 mile RAIN ride......never an issue with the Cobb
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
For long distances ... Brooks B17s.
Doesn't this depends on the riding position? Even Brooks (the company) recommends the Swallow for a more aggressive riding position.
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
I used the arione for a while but it was just to stiff for me. I know they say padding is your worst enemy for long distance but I am currently using the tri2 arione which is essentially the same (more padding in the nose) shape. The main difference I feel is the leather used is more supple and the foam used less firm. (keep in mind when I say that its less firm I dont mean by much at all). have done 2 century rides on it without any issues at all.
Thanks. TT saddle. Hummm. You got me thinking now. As I noticed that the pain gets worse when I get on the drops, meaning extra pressure to Mr Happy and its two nutty neighbors. And believe me, the saddle is perfectly flat, so tilt is not the reason, at least I don't think so.
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Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
Doesn't this depends on the riding position? Even Brooks (the company) recommends the Swallow for a more aggressive riding position.
If you're riding long distances, chances are you won't have an aggressive riding position ... that kind of position is just not that comfortable for long distance riding.
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Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
I always wanted to try the Cobb saddles but they are so darn expensive.
I had one for a month. returned it.
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I use a Kappas pro saddle , its road saddle with some soft cushioning inside.
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