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What is your bike saddle of choice?

Old 12-16-14, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
Performance Forte Pro SL. Works great for me.
I have one of those on my indoor trainer bike. On my primary bike I have a Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow.
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I also love Selle Italia Turbos, old and new, but I prefer the old ones, coz they're a little softer and the leather seems more 'real'. I've got about 5 of them.

To me, compared to the Turbos, many other saddles I've tried don't even feel like bike seats.

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Old 12-16-14, 11:16 AM
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San Marco Regal. Just started using it this year. So far, so good.
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Old 12-16-14, 02:38 PM
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Fizik Donna for me. I like it so much that I had the shop put one on the last bike I bought before I took it home.
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The Turbo saddles are my all time favorite, but any saddle I get has to be covered in real leather. Doesn't seem to be a whole lot nowadays. I have a Selle Italia SLI on my Focus and it's really nice. Cutout, real leather and actually a tad softer than most racing saddles I've had but not too soft.

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I have old stock Forté Pro SLX on my bikes now. I tried one of these because they were well reviewed and only $29.95 at the time, and ended up picking up another as a spare because I liked it so much. Haven't done a Century on one yet, but no complaints so far on 85 mi rides.

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Old 12-16-14, 04:10 PM
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Prologo Scratch 2 CPC. It's extraordinarily comfortable compared to the Bontrager Paradigm that came with my bike (not bad, but not great). The CPC part of it seemed gimmicky but it actually does a nice job preventing me from sliding back and forth as much as I used to without gluing my rear to the seat.
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Old 12-16-14, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Furthest thing from that.

I have tried a number of saddles over the decades ... and the Brooks win.
I agree, but - riding the rivet is a literal statement. As one who rides that position a lot, no thanks.

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Old 12-16-14, 04:19 PM
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Brooks B15 Swallow Titanium rails 10,000Km and counting, nothing like it. This is my third B15, first got stolen and I still have the second (steel rails) on my second bike, it should have around 15,000km on it.

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Selle SMP Dynamic - 2-3 years one road bike.

Adamo Race - 2 months on tri bike.
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Old 12-16-14, 05:45 PM
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Adamo Prologue on two bikes. No pain at all in my perineum with these saddles, no matter the distance.

I rode thousands of miles on Brooks B17 & B15s when I raced a half-century ago. They were the best I could find but they always hurt. The B15 Swallow gave me considerable hamstring relief but still hurt my perineum area.
Gonna try & maybe switch to Cobb Fifty Five JOF or JOF Randee as these saddles are a bit narrower where my hamstrings currently but lightly bear on the Prologues.

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Romin Evo. 168 mm. The 155 was good, took a little getting used to. The 168 is just plain comfortable.
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My main bicycle has a Selle Italia SMP Evolution that I really like. But the the saddles on my other bicycles I have no trouble with, either. A Unicanitor and a Brooks B17 are my other two favorites.
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Old 12-16-14, 06:45 PM
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On the Brooks break in.
In the old days - late 70s/80s short pads were thinner. Often there was some oily substance used on the pads and a wee bit of this, or that got onto the leather and in only 1,000-2,000 miles your seat would be broken in.

For the impatient, you can get linseed oil and drizzle it on the underside. Now - <1,000 miles.

For the real impatient you can do the above and use a ball peen hammer and lovingly tap/pound the seat. You will get near instant (1-2 day) break in, but not as good.

Then you can just soak the seat in water and ride it wet. I will seem good, but you have likely ruined your seat. I've heard different things.

The wet wash cloth over the seat works too. I have done that, but after 5-6 years that seat has a few cracks.

The ones I have used only oil on are still beautiful. I prefer the natural tan - they polish so nicely.

I use the linseed method.

If you are a ride on the rivet kind of rider - get a different seat.

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Road a Specialized Toupe for 10,000 miles and had nothing but issues. Now on a Fizik Antares and it is working out very well.
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Prologo Scratch Pro 143mm. Bought it this year. Liking it a lot so far.
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It is hard to compare saddle without comparing short/bib pads.

There has been a trend to moving seat padding to shorts and bibs. I have no opinion which is better (if you don't ride a Brooks) but it does figure into the calculation.
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I have a Specialized Romin Evo Comp Gel coming next week to try out, got it for a pretty good deal. I have pretty wide sit bones so I'm hoping this will relieve the taint pain I felt on my recent 50 miler.
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I've got a brand new Fizik Airone CX that I've never ridden. It looks a little narrow for me. My Toupes are the he 143 models. I should sell the Fizik.
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I guess I'm not too picky. I have a Brooks Swift on my Surly Pacer. I also have a Fizik Antares Versus, and an ebay carbon saddle that all work fine for me.

I've had a different, narrower ebay carbon saddle that curved up in the wrong spot and was miserable, a Selle (cant remember which model, I returned it), and a WTB saddle that were not good.

There's not a lot of useful info to be gleaned from these kinds of threads, generally. Saddles are a very subjective thing. A very nice expensive saddle that works great for one rider might make you miserable. You just have to try different things.
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
I have a Specialized Romin Evo Comp Gel coming next week to try out, got it for a pretty good deal. I have pretty wide sit bones so I'm hoping this will relieve the taint pain I felt on my recent 50 miler.
That's been my problem in trying to find a saddle that works - my sit bones are too far apart for most men's saddles. I really noticed when I started riding my Specialized AWOL and going on longer rides. I tried a Romin Evo (the widest they sell) and it was a big improvement over the stock saddle but I still had problems with it on longer rides.

I eventually broke down and tried a B17 which did the trick - I've put maybe about 750-1000 miles on it and it's fantastically comfortable. I don't even notice the saddle any more.

I kept the Romin though - while it wasn't the solution I was looking for for the Specialized, it's pretty comfortable on my Kona because I don't usually ride that bike as far and I tend to ride it more aggressively.
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Originally Posted by BillClinton View Post
I have a Specialized Romin Evo Comp Gel coming next week to try out, got it for a pretty good deal. I have pretty wide sit bones so I'm hoping this will relieve the taint pain I felt on my recent 50 miler.
If you don't plan on using any chamois cream for your longer rides, will you most likely, if not definately, continue to experience the taint pain you mentioned in your 50 miler thread regardless of which seat you use.

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If you don't plan on using any chamois cream for your longer rides, will you most likely, if not definately, continue to experience the taint pain you mentioned in your 50 miler thread regardless of which seat you use.
That doesn't sound right. Most cyclists don't use chamois cream, and most of us don't experience pain in that spot. I would definitely make a drastic change if I had pain there.
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Flite Titanium. It fits my butt and it seems to have the right amount of "spring" to it. I have one on 3 bikes. An original and 2 of the newer ones. All good for me.

Also I put a white Charge Spoon on a bike to sell and liked it so I kept it. Not bad for an inexpensive saddle.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
That doesn't sound right. Most cyclists don't use chamois cream, and most of us don't experience pain in that spot. I would definitely make a drastic change if I had pain there.
+1

Specialized Toupe. I'd estimate about 25,000 miles on it.
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