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saddle- how to pick one?

Old 01-19-08, 12:55 PM
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saddle- how to pick one?

so how did you decide on yours?

What are some of the good ones?
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Old 01-19-08, 01:03 PM
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my advice - try ones that you can from friends. I have found over the years that the Selle Italia Flites have been the most comfortable, and this is via trial and error. Fizik Nisene was too padded, SLR-type saddles are horrible for me, and I will never ride a brooks. ever.

The Specialized saddles are supposedly "fittable" and I have heard some good stories on their comfort. Maybe start there. Answers will vary
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Old 01-19-08, 01:20 PM
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Aww, no brooks? Just because they're unaccommodating, unwieldy in the beginning and temperamental (in regards to weather)?

I like my saddles like I like my women.
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I went behind a performance cycle and looked in the dumpster. There was a new but scuffed Salle San Marco saddle. It is the best saddle I have ever ridden.
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I did alot of reading. Took into account the type of bike, and the type of riding the posters did. Then I got a brooks. Yeah, need to bag it in the bad weather... but heck, I live in Houston... really not a problem

That's the only saddle I've "chosen"... the others came on bikes I bought, ... although I did get rid of the worst, and migrate all the saddles around when I bought the brooks based on which bikes I ride the most and need the "longest riding" saddle.
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i have my saddle (selle san marco blaze) because i was at grand performance and saw it along with a fizik, both in celeste, sitting on the "take off" pile.

The kid working sold it to me for 20 bucks, i think it was like 120 or 130 normally. I wish I'd bought the fizik the same day as well, but when i went back the same kid wasn't working, and the old dude didn't want to give me the same deal.
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Do what i did:
1) choose a price range
2) read review after review after comparison after comparison of saddles in your pricerange until you find one that seems to be what you want. this is going to be dependent on your specific needs; keep this in mind (for instance, if you like to do centuries, a time trial saddle is going to do far more harm than good no matter how well it's rated).
3) once you have a model figured out, shop around for the lowest price + shipping

my most recent saddle purchase, incidentally, is the selle san marco rever k. best saddle ever.
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Old 01-19-08, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by pitboss View Post
my advice - try ones that you can from friends.
Exactly what I did. I borrowed saddles from everyone I knew that rides and tried to see what style and company agreed with my ass. I found Specialized and Fizik Airones to be the best so I keep buying them. Just try as many as you can for a good amount of miles, dont simply buy an expensive saddle and think its going to feel great.
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Originally Posted by letsthrowfries View Post
Aww, no brooks? Just because they're unaccommodating, unwieldy in the beginning and temperamental (in regards to weather)?

I like my saddles like I like my women.
Overused, underkept, and in need of a washing?
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Old 01-19-08, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by letsthrowfries View Post
Aww, no brooks? Just because they're unaccommodating, unwieldy in the beginning and temperamental (in regards to weather)?
you forgot heavy, archaic and overrated.
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Originally Posted by JackWGroves View Post
I went behind a performance cycle and looked in the dumpster. There was a new but scuffed Salle San Marco saddle. It is the best saddle I have ever ridden.
now thats dumpster diving
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I liked the look of the San Marco Regal, picked one up beat to **** for $5, and loved it. So, luck.
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+1 on trying them out on friends' bikes. keep in mind that saddle angle and fore-aft position is a large part of saddle fit, but you can get a good idea of how a particular type of saddle works for you, whether it's leather hammock (brooks, ideale), old school one-piece (cinelli unicantor, turbo, rolls), ergo (body geometry, fizik, most 'cutout' saddles), or something else.
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walked around with a spanner.
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Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
you forgot heavy, archaic and overrated.
People looking to get Brooks aren't usually weight weenies or care about style. Me thinks you've never ridden a br00ks.
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Originally Posted by BMonei View Post
Overused, underkept, and in need of a washing?



HAHAHAHA oh my god! flawless victory.

maybe peeps is vegan?

i just think they's too expensive.
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Old 01-19-08, 06:23 PM
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I only ride selle italia.

Then again im pretty sure my guce and your guce arent the same model.
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I used to have a turbo perforated saddle it was nice but it wore a hole through the seat of my pants-
I have a kashimax 5GP7 it hurts my ass bones, and now I ride a brooks b17 narrow and it's smooth and butt hugging.

I say you just try everything and see what works.
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Thanks for all the advice. I think i will just go try out different saddles. Apparently my butt is too big to fit on the saddle right now. Might need to mess with how its leveled. Cause it seems to be angled down. Will try that and then look for something not so stiff.

Thanks again.
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looks.
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looks is a criteria i can't afford brother. :-)
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Finding the right saddle can be a long and daunting process. In the end you have three options:
1) trial and error. Does your weiner go numb?
2) Brooks
3) Involves your mother and a tape measure.

Choose wisely.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
People looking to get Brooks aren't usually weight weenies or care about style. Me thinks you've never ridden a br00ks.
of course i have. everyone has.
it's not about being a weight weenie-- paying $120 for an old, thick, ugly leather saddle when it weighs 550 grams (b17) is ridiculous. i can pay less than that and get a modern, smart, ergonomic sub 200 gram saddle (rever). 350 grams is pretty substantial. has nothing to do with being a weight weenie.
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My review of the Selle Italia Gel Flow saddle.



The Regal Ti is also really nice. Better for less saddle to bar drop since it's flatter and wider.



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Old 01-19-08, 11:17 PM
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ahahahahhahaha.

I love it when someone refers to something you sit on as "smart".
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