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Double Century saddle?(6 posts)

Double Century saddle?Daryl
Jul 23, 2001 4:57 PM
I ride centuries without any saddle soreness or numbness, but what should I do about double centurys? Is soreness avoidable when you ride 200 miles, or is it just a fact of life? I have noticed the onset of some sitz bone area soreness after 100+ miles or so. I ride a Serfas saddle and wonder if there is any magic saddle I should consider for a double century.
Second the B-17cory
Jul 24, 2001 8:10 AM
You're both way past me in mileage, but I've had similar experiences with B-17s on two bikes (one was stolen; the saddle was still working great). I think the stories about agonizing break-in periods are exaggerated--they're pretty comfortable right out of the box if you set them up right, and just keep getting better.
There are tips on setup at www.rivendellbicycles.com that worked for me--even a millimeter or two seems to make a difference--and sheldon brown has instructions for care and maintenance. I don't expect I'll ever ride anything else on my "real" bikes (I do have a cheap saddle on my commuter, but it only goes 10 miles at a time).
Brooks B-17Daryl
Jul 24, 2001 3:44 PM
Yes, a long time ago I had a leather Ideale saddle that I rode cross-country. Once it conformed to my bones, it was pretty darn comfortable. But that was then and now with all of the ultralight componentry, I figured that the saddle technology had also advanced to the point where light weight saddles could be as good as the old (heavy) leather ones, but it seems that leather still has quite a following on the road.
If the Saddle Fitsgrzy mnky
Jul 24, 2001 8:18 AM
It sounds like you're already riding a saddle that fits. If it works for 100 mi. then it should, more or less, work for 200 mi. Why "fix it?" I'd also take the Brooks endorsement with a grain of salt - you've got to break the thing in first or should I say your butt has to conform to the saddle. I rode one of those things for years and was so happy to finally get rid of it. Ultimately you're unique, just like everyone else. (I've been dying to use that line.) Go with what works for you.
Agreedgrzy mnky
Jul 24, 2001 5:56 PM
I guess I just question the concept that saddle XXX is going to work for everyone b/c it worked for me. I occasionaly see some ultra types using a Brooks, but it isn't unanamous. I have a small collection of saddles that didn't work for me. I often give them to my buds to try if they're having problems with what they're riding. Sometimes they like it and sometimes they don't. It's worth it to keep searching until you find the one that works for you.

If you can ride 100 mi. with zero saddle issues then I'd say your doing pretty good. Face it - after 200 miles things are going to get uncomfortable, maybe even sooner, but hopefully your saddle shouldn't be at the top of the list. Heck it's hard to stay in bed that long if you're healthy.
it's really personal, butcyclopathic
Jul 24, 2001 9:12 AM
I rode 270mi on Bonti FS2000 and my a$$ was the only thing didn't hurt
I've seen PBP riders use Nashbar gel and Terry Liberator saddles.

Brooks is great, but:
- costs more (70+$ vs 27$ Nashbar)
- weights more (700g vs 400)
- takes long time to break in
- easy to damage in rain
- needs constant care