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Your experience with the best seat. 20-40mi. avg distance(15 posts)

Your experience with the best seat. 20-40mi. avg distanceruss g
Jun 27, 2001 10:27 AM
I know all backsides are different, but, I ride approx 20-40 mile distance average when I ride. I do not race but ride fairly hard for fitness. My Selle Italia gel does not seem to quite do the trick, my sit bones are a little tender after about 20 miles. Before spending any more $, would like your experiences with decently comfortable saddles, I ride a Bianchi Campione with carbon fork, I'm not completely a weight freak, just looking to be able to stay in the saddle and enjoy the rest of my ride. Any comments on Bontrager FS+10 by the way?
Thanks!
Russ
re: Your experience with the best seat. 20-40mi. avg distancePaulCL
Jun 27, 2001 10:55 AM
This is a subject that only has a right answer for you since all of our butts are different. Finding the right saddle can be an expensive experience.
Personally, I have tried numerous saddles, but keep coming back to the same one: Sella Italia Turbomatic. The version #4 is out now. Light and comfortable. It fits my tush.
In the past, I have tried a mountain saddle..too wide. The Sella Italia Novus - too hard. I tried one of those Specialized cut-out, virility-friendly saddle, but just didn't like it.

Remember, it does take several 100 miles for any good saddle to break in.
Terry LiberatorHoward
Jun 27, 2001 11:13 AM
Recently purchased a Terry Liberator saddle from www.rideabike.com .
The saddle is so comfortable that you barely realize that you're on one! By the way, the rideabike.com NC based store, aside from charging no taxes and providing free shipping, probably has the lowest prices on Terry saddles (which have a 30 day return, no questions asked, policy).
what a cheez-ball website! "fausto coffee" webcam? love it! NMHaiku d'état
Jun 27, 2001 12:46 PM
what a cheez-ball website! "fausto coffee" webcam? love it! NMMeDotOrg
Jun 27, 2001 2:40 PM
Check it out:
2nd vote for Terry LiberatorMeDotOrg
Jun 27, 2001 2:35 PM
...Did the California AIDS ride on one - no complaints. It's a little wider and more cushy than most racing saddles. That doesn't necessarily mean that it will be the best for you - you might just need a little different fit. I would also point out Terry's return policy: you can't go wrong.

I recently went for a bike fitting and used a Terry Fly. It also seemed very comfortable.
2nd vote for Terry LiberatorCliff Oates
Jun 27, 2001 3:23 PM
terry fly is quite comfy -- i have two. the return policy should be the capper for most folks, with one's butt potentially the only thing that might feel pain from the transaction.
re: Your experience with the best seat. 20-40mi. avg distancepulver
Jun 27, 2001 11:46 AM
I too had the Selle Italia Gel Flite. For the most part a very good saddle but I was having some discomfort after long rides or increase in milage from frequency of rides. I tried the Selle Italia Trans Am with the cutout. Not only is the cutout helped I can actually feel a level of flex with this saddle. I made the switch about a month ago and have no hesitancy in recommending the Trans am seat.
specialized body geometry comp works fine for my buttHaiku d'état
Jun 27, 2001 11:55 AM
$39.99 on sale at the s-store. got two of 'em online and they threw in a free water bottle and free shipping. have the same saddle on my MTB and both road bikes. might even buy another for my cruiser! have ridden 102 miles on it with only minor discomfort at 90+ miles, and i figure it was since i'd never sat on a bike that long before. good luck--all of our butts are different.
My experiences with saddlesSimpleGreen
Jun 27, 2001 12:33 PM
Like others have said and as you mention, saddles are a personal choice. I went through several before settling on the Selle Italia Max Trans Am. The cutout works for me. I try to keep the saddle as level as possible. Small changes make a big difference!

No numbness for me, but it did take a week or two to get used to it. I also make sure I use Chamois cream for long rides to avoid saddle sores. Good shorts are also part of the comfort equation. You'll have to experiment, but with your effort you should be able to find something that works for you.

Good luck!

SG
re: Your experience with the best seat. 20-40mi. avg distanceDINOSAUR
Jun 27, 2001 1:12 PM
Saddles are a matter of personal preference, there is no saddle out there that is "one fits all". It's hit and miss until you find something that works for you. The only saddle I ever found which was extrememly comfortable was a Brooks Pro. The downside was the added weight. The truth is if on the long rides, everything will hurt. I learned to use different spots on my saddle and to get up and stand once and a while in order to take the pressure off. Your position is also very important; angle, fore/aft, height. This sounds stupid but I can tell if my bike is dialed in just my looking at it.
Your saddle should accomodate the size of your butt, and since we all are built different, we have different preferences.
Perhaps your LBS has saddles you can test out as to provide you with an idea of what feels comfortable to YOU....
Your question supposes that one saddlebill
Jun 27, 2001 2:20 PM
is appropriate for shorter rides where another would be appropriate for longer rides. I used to think that this was so, but now I think that a saddle that is comfortable is a saddle that is comfortable, period. I ride a Giro Pave, which is a pretty hard saddle (not the hardest, but close -- I guess I have a soft butt to complement the hard saddle), and I sort of thought that I might want something else for longer rides. But I don't. Maybe some people switch saddles, but now I wouldn't think of it. The softer saddles I've tried feel lacking in support in a way that would only get more annoying over time. Continue in your quest until you find one, bearing in mind that the first sit is not always the whole story.
And ditto what everyone else said about everyone's being different.
Only your butt can give you a correct suggestionElefantino
Jun 27, 2001 4:58 PM
I went through all the Body Geometrys and ProLinks and O2s and yada yada saddles until I tried my son's Selle Italia XO, the kind you find for $15 in orphan saddle buckets in your LBS, which was an original equipment item on his cheap Giant OCR Two. He hated it, even though we have similar builds. So I tried it.
Best saddle I've ever used.
Your butt can give you similar feedback.
re: Your experience with the best seat. 20-40mi. avg distanceSTEELYeyed
Jun 27, 2001 3:34 PM
Hard to beat the old Flite,buy a used one cheap and then ride,the saddle will break in your butt in a couple hundred miles,then its pain free,provided your bike fits you right.
Regards,
STEELYeyed
Thanks for responses, as result, I have been Liberated!...russ g
Jun 28, 2001 7:03 PM
I chose the Terry liberater because of many happy customers and also a return policy. Can't lose. I went 30 miles today and did it in TOTAL COMFORT. This seat rocks. After a half hour or so I finally got it dialed in and was able to enjoy my ride without having to worry about my back side. Since everyone is different, I'm 5,10 190 and have a 33" waist so any of you out there of similar proportion I urge you to try it, even if your different sized than this try it anyway.

Thanks All
Russ