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Old 02-18-15, 12:07 AM
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Need new captain saddle

Its that time that I don't look forward to.
I have been using a Terry Zero Y saddle on the tandem forever but I think the one I have is wearing out and its time to move on.
I have been using a Selle Italia SLR Flow on my single and really like it. It doesn't have any padding but the shape is right for me and the shell flexes some. I have tried it on our tandem several times and it just doesn't work there. I don't know if is my positioning or if I am standing less but I think I need a padded saddle for the tandem. There is a padded version of the SLR called Max Gel Flow but its 145mm wide vs 131mm for the SLR and 140mm for the Terry. I am afraid it maybe be too wide for me. I know your favorite saddle may not work for me but it won't hurt to make suggestions.

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Old 02-18-15, 05:20 AM
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Several of my local shops offer a loaner saddle program to try before you buy. See if your local bike shops offer such a loan program.
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Old 02-18-15, 09:00 AM
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I generally use a WTB Rocket V saddle on most all of my bikes.

Last year I was having some saddle issues on the road tandem, so on some other's advice, I switched to a Selle Anatomica. That saddle is really great! Love it!

It is heavy as saddles go, but definitely comfortable.

Also, as noted, find a shop that does a try before you buy program, or trade in, guarantee.

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Old 02-18-15, 09:16 AM
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I second "get a loaner". My LBS lent me a Fisiki Antares for a couple of weeks and I bought one.
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Old 02-18-15, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by WNY tandem View Post
Several of my local shops offer a loaner saddle program to try before you buy. See if your local bike shops offer such a loan program.
+1

I tried some loaner saddles. They didn't work, and I was frustrated by the slow pace of go to the shop, ride a couple of days, go back to the shop, get another saddle, etc.

Then I found another shop with a bunch of loaner saddles. I asked and found out that late Sunday afternoon was generally slow for them. I went there with my bike, wearing my riding gear. They helped me install a saddle, and I took it for a two mile ride. We repeated the process with other saddles. As we narrowed down the type of saddle that I preferred, the saddles became more and more comfortable.

They took an imprint of my credit card, and I took the best saddle home for a one-week trial. It was a winner. I paid full retail for that saddle, but in exchange I got great service from the shop and a saddle that has been comfortable for the last 5,000 miles.

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Old 02-18-15, 09:52 AM
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Sounds like I should look for a shop with loaners. If I knew what saddle I needed (like the SLR on my single) I would buy it from the UK or on Ebay for a lot less.
But I guess its worth paying retail to know I found the best saddle for me.

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Old 02-18-15, 09:53 AM
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Performance Forte saddles. Buy 'em all and send back the ones that don't work.
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Old 02-18-15, 10:20 AM
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For a road tandem try the Sella Anatomica hands down the most comfortable and comes with a return policy. Heavy for sure but worth the weight. Everyone of our friends whom have tried them have stuck with them. Rivet saddles are very similar with maybe some improvements.
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Old 02-18-15, 12:10 PM
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Don't be afraid to venture a test on a non traditional saddle. I found that my soft under parts were better off not supporting my body weight or being rubbed raw by a conventional saddle.
I can ride most any traditional saddle for a short ride. However, for any ride of significance no can do. Found that with a non traditional saddle I can ride pain and numbness free. It has been a revelation for me.
Hope you can find one that works for you.

Good luck and try many.
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Old 02-18-15, 08:28 PM
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+1 on the Selle Anatomica.
Installed then rode 240 miles in 3 of 4 days. Not sore one bit which was very strange. My other saddles it would start to hurt after 65 miles or so.
As noted above, it's not the lightest. But I weighed my saddle I removed and the SA was 10 grams lighter!
So that was an additional bonus I wasn't expecting.
Heck I still can't believe how comfortable it is.
I am going to order at least one more if not two.
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I use an old Selle San Marco Integra for the past 10,000 miles or so. Works for me!
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Old 02-19-15, 12:50 AM
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Please check out the width of your "sit bones" and get a saddle designed for your "frame" size. Specialized makes many upper end models with differing widths. I also paid full retail, but was allowed to swap until happy, as long as the saddle were not damaged. The shop had a memory foam type device that quickly showed the width of the "sit bones".
Good luck.
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Old 02-20-15, 09:25 PM
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+1 on the Selle Anatomica.
Installed then rode 240 miles in 3 of 4 days. Not sore one bit which was very strange. My other saddles it would start to hurt after 65 miles or so.
As noted above, it's not the lightest. But I weighed my saddle I removed and the SA was 10 grams lighter!
So that was an additional bonus I wasn't expecting.
Heck I still can't believe how comfortable it is.
I am going to order at least one more if not two.
+3. After a string of Terry & Specialized saddles, the S-A is great. That said, the saddle is the one part of the bike that will subject to heated debates: "works for me." "no, it doesn't". As others have already pointed out, try out as many saddles as you can get your hands -- or backside -- on.
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Old 02-20-15, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jnbrown View Post
Its that time that I don't look forward to.
I have been using a Terry Zero Y saddle on the tandem forever but I think the one I have is wearing out and its time to move on.
I have been using a Selle Italia SLR Flow on my single and really like it. It doesn't have any padding but the shape is right for me and the shell flexes some. I have tried it on our tandem several times and it just doesn't work there. I don't know if is my positioning or if I am standing less but I think I need a padded saddle for the tandem. There is a padded version of the SLR called Max Gel Flow but its 145mm wide vs 131mm for the SLR and 140mm for the Terry. I am afraid it maybe be too wide for me. I know your favorite saddle may not work for me but it won't hurt to make suggestions.

Thanks
IMO, that is what is likely the problem. lack of blood flow to the muscles in the buttocks causes the type of pain, short of trauma, that people complain of most often. if the pain ceases within less than a minute upon getting off the saddle for any reason, the cause is probably pressure related. if so, a saddle with more surface area may help. it will reduce PSI. the difference between standing a little and not at all can make a big difference.

i've found that maintaining a faster pace reduces PSI too and helps lessen discomfort (*shouting over the shoulder to the stoker* "put your back into it, my butt's beginning to hurt!") . then again, it could be that the misery it caused was simply masking the PITA.

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Old 02-22-15, 11:54 PM
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How is your present saddle wearing out? Cover worn? You could always recover it? I've done so to a number of our saddles....
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Old 02-23-15, 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by DrMarkR View Post
How is your present saddle wearing out? Cover worn? You could always recover it? I've done so to a number of our saddles....
The cover is ok. Actually I am not sure it is wearing out, maybe just want to try and see if something else is better.
It is still rideable with a slight amount of discomfort. Sometimes the padding and/or the shell start to deform over time.
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Old 02-24-15, 09:11 AM
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I have had excellent results with the Terry Liberator saddle.
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