Sep 17, 2001 5:57 PM
|I'm a vegan so I'm not going to go out and buy a bunch of stuff made of dead animals, no offense to anyone. I wanted to know about good saddles and shoes made from alternative materials.
Sep 17, 2001 6:21 PM
|The choices you have for shoes is quite large. Composite plastics and synthetic textiles abound in most high end shoes. Sidi uses a synthetic leather type material called Lorica. For saddles, most do you leather for part of the cover, but there are some that have synthetic covers.
I always assumed that vegans refrained from injesting animal products. I never knew that using animal products for clothing and footwear was against practice.
|re: Vegan equipment||nestorl|
Sep 17, 2001 7:15 PM
|Most cheap saddles have plastic covers...but think that one cow died to creat possible 50 saddles. How many fish birds, insects, rodents, etc do you think die from the pollution at the plastic processing plants? Ho many of them die to create ONE saddle? :-(. I say go for cloth then... and even then we can go on for a while about their production.
If you want high end saddles without leather. try ARC Serfas.
|re: Vegan equipment||Tiger98|
Sep 19, 2001 6:33 PM
|Also keep in mind where plastic comes from: petroleum. And where does petroleum come from? Compressed and heated biomass, includinng animals. So in a way, even plastic comes from animals. What say you, vegan?|
|re: Vegan equipment||Xknuckle-upX|
Sep 17, 2001 8:12 PM
|i am vegan as well, however i had a selle italia flite titanium saddle since before i became vegan and i still use it because i do not believe in wasting resources. what i would like to know is whether or not the "leather" that selle italia uses is real... it probably is but there is a possibility that it is synthetic. it is common practice for shoe manufactures to use synthetic materials in place of leather because they are cheaper and are usually more resistent to wear. i would think that synthetic material would be preferable to leather in a component exposed to all weather conditions. does anyone know the true materials used in flite saddles?
(P.S. i am overjoyed to find a fellow vegan on this site... and to possible critics, not all vegans are pot-smoking hippies...heh)XXX
Sep 20, 2001 4:08 AM
|Have a steak, you'll go so fast on the protein your butt won't touch the saddle!!! Just kidding.
I've wondered this too, can't see why more synthetic isn't used for the reasons outlined!