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Old 12-03-03, 03:54 PM
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touring saddle

can anyone recommend a comfortable and quality saddle for touring? i'm male, average build (5'11'') and weight (170 lbs.)
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Brooks B-67... many swear to its greatness in terms of comfort, short break-in time compared to many other Brooks models and it's sprung as well as a bit wider for longer hauls in the saddle-pun intended!

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Brooks B17 (unsprung) or Conquest (sprung).

I ride only Brooks and my butt never hurts. I've just about forgotten how much cyclists complain about their saddles.
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I have a Team Pro on the way (same top as the conquest) for my road bike. I intend to find out if this Brooks talk is BS or on the up and up. If it works out I intend to get the conquest for my commuter/tour bike!
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Brooks is the only way to go! My favorite is the B.17
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I'll make it a quintet and say Brooks. I have been sitting on a brooks 66 for 20 years
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I'll give you a whole list of the best, most comfortable saddles money can buy.

1. Brooks, any model
2. Brooks, any model
3. Brooks, any model
4. Brooks, any model
5. Brooks, any model
6. Brooks, any model

Try any one of the saddles listed above and I'm sure you'll be happy.
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HOLY COW!

I just got my new Brooks Team Pro saddle in the mail! Man this is a great looking saddle! It's the British racing green with the copper plated rails and man she is a bute, I can't wait to get on it!

Ok now the weather has to let up so I can get out and ride!
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Ok, I finally got out and put 20 miles on the new saddle today. It is by far the best feeling saddle I have put my bottom over since I started riding 2 years ago. I'm sure it will be spring before I can put any long miles on this saddle.

I have a question, It seems to me that the saddle soaks up some of the rough roads. Do most Brooks saddles do this, or is this just my imagination?
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Originally Posted by uciflylow
Ok, I finally got out and put 20 miles on the new saddle today. It is by far the best feeling saddle I have put my bottom over since I started riding 2 years ago. I'm sure it will be spring before I can put any long miles on this saddle.

I have a question, It seems to me that the saddle soaks up some of the rough roads. Do most Brooks saddles do this, or is this just my imagination?

It probaly feels that way because the saddle being unpadded puts the pressure on your "sit bones" where it belongs instead of on your nuts. For most folks the Brooks will break in within a couple hundred miles.
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The brooks takes a fair bit of moulding and is fairly weighty.

I switched to a Rolls, I've no trouble with it and prefer it to the Brooks.

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Ok, I finally got to put a 2 1/2 hour ride on this saddle. I'm, sold! This is by far the best ride I have gotten out of my bikes. I have it on an Al bike and it even seems to dampen the vibrations from the rough spots in the roads.

Next is a conquest for my commuter/touring bike. Happy, happy, joy,joy!
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Saddle Saddle

Brooks by far if you are going any distance at all....and if your not, Brooks still wins in my corner! I have the B-17 and the B17N on most of my bikes and both are great. The B-17 if you are sitting a little more upright than on a racing frame and the B-17N on a racing style frame where your handlebars are a couple of inched lower than your saddle.

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PS Oh by the way a REAL wide saddle on my Bent!
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ok, everyone loves their brooks, but...

...how long can we expect our brooks saddles to last? i'm not saying the brooks seems like it wont last as long or longer than most comparable saddles, i'm just curious.

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Let me also suggest that you look at the Koobi AU Enduro saddle.

Also very comfy and worth a look.

They also have a 30 day trial for trying it out.
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Originally Posted by surreal
...how long can we expect our brooks saddles to last? i'm not saying the brooks seems like it wont last as long or longer than most comparable saddles, i'm just curious.

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It is quite common to hear of Brooks saddles lasting 20 or 25 years or more! I don't think wearing out is anything to worry about.
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Use fenders on your bike, or smear a load of proofide under the saddle, to stop it from getting saturated. Don't ride it if it does get too wet, or it'll stretch (but not in a good way;-)). If the saddle dries out, conversely... you didn't put on the sparing but regular amounts of Proofide.

You'll be pretty unlucky- or careless- not to get 20 good years out of a Brooks. I've got a couple which are way older.

Uciflow........

pleased to see your purchase agreed with your rear end. Contrary to some extreme suggestions, they are not for everyone. Surprised that you thought the talk might be BS, though......... why would us old-timers make this stuff up? What would be the point?
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I have always used mine on a bike with fenders, but as a lightweight teenager, I wasn't very careful about the saddle.

The result is that I have a 25-year old saddle that looks like sh__ (brownish beige), that has been laced on the sides because it spreads open otherwise, yet is very comfortable.
I also have another one of similar vintage that used to be my father's. Much less mileage and better conditions, so it looks much nicer and hasn't been tied yet.

I don't plan to retire any of these soon.
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What I've learned about saddles. Brooks Champion Flyer for touring/long rides; Brooks All Terrain Conquest for mountain biking; Brooks Professional for SS commuting; Champion Flyer and Conquest mounted on Cane Creek's Thudbuster for new and improved ergonomics ;-) (i.e. no more numb-butt or sore-butt riding).




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comfortable saddle

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can anyone recommend a comfortable and quality saddle for touring? i'm male, average build (5'11'') and weight (170 lbs.)
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I would be very interested in what you find out about a good saddle. I just started biking a little while ago preparing for this summers www.charityflags.com and the worst part about my training was the pain from a poor seat. Have you found anything?
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I just loved my Selle saddle with gel, I toured 2700 km with it. Unfortunately, their website is down/being updated until 15 April!!! Totally unbelievable, welcome to the Internet. But I can guarantee they make better saddles than websites.
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Shoot, I'll go against the popular opinion and say there really is no such thing as a "touring" saddle. Whatever saddle you are comfortable with over long periods of time is the way to go. If that saddle is a Sella Flite SLR, then so be it, it would be a great touring saddle. I wonder how many people come into the great life activity known as bicycle touring without having spent many hours either road biking or commuting or mountain biking. I have grown up mountain biking and eventually road biking, and then eventually commuting. I have saddles that I've used mountain biking that I absolutely love and I tour on them. I use an Avocet O2 Kevlar, sort of a "mtb saddle" because of the kevlar sides but heck, it's comfy for me and I tour on it.

So, whatever floats your boat, so to speak. Do you have a favorite saddle now?

Longevity is a different story and that is where the Brooks are great for. I would say better than most other saddles but honestly, when I'm touring I would choose comfort over longevity unless you're talking about around the world, no chance of support kind of touring. I would imagine any saddle should easily survive any cross country journey barring an accident or so.

Just my 2 cents!

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I like Brooks, but ride what you like. If Brooks is what you're after, though, https://www.permaco.com/ has a good selection at good prices.

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