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Is there a comfortable SADDLE?(7 posts)

Is there a comfortable SADDLE?mek
May 6, 2001 10:11 PM
Is there such a thing as a comfortable saddle (i.e. for a 215lb. body)? New bike came w/ a San Marco which is about as good as a piece of cardboard...
It's a really individual thing (every buttie is different)...Cory
May 7, 2001 10:16 AM
It's really hard to get advice on this by remote control. Two of my friends love the Specialized Body Geo, for instance. I rode mine once and gave it to my son, who tried it for a week and gave it to his roommmate.
Many bike shops will let you try a saddle for a week or so and bring it back if you don't like it. Personally, except on my commute bike, which has to go out in the rain, I've gotten rid of everything except Brooks leather saddles. But they're heavy, need some care and look too dorky for a lot of people.
re: Is there a comfortable SADDLE?RickMTB
May 7, 2001 10:17 AM
You might want to consider the Selle TransAm or the Terry Fly. Both have the "anatomic design", both have a fairly wide rear section (the saddle, not the rider ;-). The Terry seems to use a little sifter padding, while the Selle seems to use some passive shock absorption in its design (and has kevlar sides, shich I suspect will make it more durable). I rode the MS150 with the Fly and while it still required some shifts in position through the ride it was way more comfortable than the Millenia saddle it replaced.
re: Is there a comfortable SADDLE?Andy
May 12, 2001 6:09 PM
I have been through four saddles this spring... tried the Selle Trans Am and I was numb for three days after I stopped riding. I just finished a 75 miler with the Terry Fly and it was the most comfortable saddle I've ridden to date. I was a little uncomfortable after 40 miles but that's just going to happen. No sore sit-bones and no blisters. I'm sticking with the Terry.

One word of caution on the Terry. This saddle seems to have a lot more padding than the Trans Am. If you are a heavier rider, you might "bottom out" on the padding. I weigh 155 and it works great for me. I'm not so sure it would be good for a 200+ rider.
Avocet O2 ti RacingIxnixit
May 7, 2001 11:38 AM
Clearly saddles are very body specific. I have been using SDG Venturas on all my bikes for the past few years and was pretty satified with the fit. Recently I got an Avocet O2 and I find it to be very comfortable. It's pretty stiff, but the dimensions are such that it fits me and my sit bones perfectly. Interestingly, the reviews of this saddle on the site are bipolar - it's either loved or hated. I suspect that the varying anatomy of the reviewers causes people to feel strongly one way or another. I know that Selle Italia Flite Gels are very popular with other people here - I find them very uncomfortable for all but the shortest rides. The best advice was already given - see if your LBS will let you borrow different ones so you can take them on a nice long ride.
try wtb lasers...sycipian
May 10, 2001 10:22 AM
they are mountain bike seats, but i've been using them. the most comfortable seat i've ever used.

good luck,
sycipian
re: Is there a comfortable SADDLE?Russ
May 12, 2001 9:20 AM
The Selle Titanium Flite Gel. Noticed the difference in the first 20 yards. I'd been using a Fizic pave. Can be had for less than $50 from Probikekit on the net. Get a couple of 2001 team jerseys ($30) to average down the shipping.