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Dec 13, 2001 7:29 AM
What is the best seat out there?
I do a lot of riding and training. I currently have a san marco. Its ok but I would like something a little more comfortable and light. Any suggestions?
Every buttie's differentcory
Dec 13, 2001 8:09 AM
This comes up all the time, and you'll never get a consensus--there's just too much difference in people's anatomy and preference, and some people will put up with a little discomfort to save four grams while others will haul around an extra pound to be comfortable.
My choice for all-around BEST, though, is the Brooks B-17. I have them on two bikes, and they're heavy, old-fashioned looking (all leather, with rivets) and clunky. But I can do four or five hours in the saddle just like I'm sitting at home watching television.
Every buttie's differentNessism
Dec 13, 2001 12:41 PM
Nice witty retort in that topic header.

You lost me however when you stated, "But I can do four or five hours in the saddle just like I'm sitting at home watching television."

What do you sit on when watching TV, bed of nails?
Selle ItaliaMcAndrus
Dec 13, 2001 12:50 PM
I'm sure others will expound on this but here goes. Probably the best line of saddles - by reputation - are the Selle Italia Flite series. I have a plain Flite model waiting for me under the Christmas tree.

There are many different options in the series, padded, not padded, etc., so you should be able to find something you like.

If you really want to get a flame war going, ask someone if they like the Selle Italia SLR saddle. You could also do a search in this group on "saddle" and you'll probably pick up the last two or three discussions.
Selle Italiayapsaw
Dec 13, 2001 1:04 PM
I too am looking for a new saddle. I'm using the "La Pirata" edition in Celeste and it bothered me a bit when I go beyond 2 hours of riding. I was thinking maybe I'll go with the Genuine Gel but the salesman(also a cyclist) said it's due to compression and that's why it hurts. He gave me a few suggestions and the SLR was one of them. Another one was the Trans Am also by SI. What to do here? I always thought you'd have to have more material to be comfortable. What's your say in this?
It's not my sayMcAndrus
Dec 13, 2001 1:50 PM
Dog (Doug) is the poster I remember who uses an SLR and likes it. He uses it on his ultra-marathon rides. (Hope I didn't take your name in vain, Dog.)

I'd like to try one and if the Flite wasn't already under the tree I might .... maybe next year.
SLR on two bikes...biknben
Dec 14, 2001 12:03 PM
Road bike and Mtn Bike. I have had no trouble with it on my road bike after 8 months. I decided to test its durability by putting it on my XC Mtn bike a couple months ago. So far so good.

You can find them for as little as $60 now.

Saddles are very personal. Your rear end may not like what someone else's does. Some people are on a neverending search for the perfect saddle.
Survey says.....Eric
Dec 13, 2001 3:31 PM
No conclusion. Everyone is built differently and positions differently on the bike, therefore saddle preference is totally subjective.

If you are considering changing saddles you should analyze what perceived dislikes you have with your current saddle. Is it too flat across the top? Then try something with more concave like a Selle Italia Flite or San Marco Strada. Is it too narrow? Try a Selle Italia Turbomatic or Rolls. Too wide? Try the San Marco Era or Selle Italia Century. Do you need more padding in the perineum? Try a Geniune Gel version.

The point is, just trying saddles based on others' recommendations can be a painful and costly experience. Try your best to figure out what you need.