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How long do your saddles live?(10 posts)

How long do your saddles live?nova
Aug 28, 2001 5:04 AM
My first saddle, a Terry Ti Liberator, has approximately 7000 miles
on it. It is starting to show it's age of 2.5 years. A question for those of you who have been riding longer than I have: How long do your saddles typically last? (I have just one bike at the moment, so my Terry gets all the abuse)
They are all dead. Great now I sound like the Trollman.MB1
Aug 28, 2001 5:10 AM
Brooks seem to last forever even through crashes. Most others seem to last until they are crashed out. I have never used saddles with a lot of padding. I'm thinking 10 or 20 thousand miles for most non padded saddles.
I have onealex the engineer
Aug 28, 2001 5:14 AM
that's about 35 years old, and another that's at least 25!
Rolls Saddles; A long life...Cima Coppi
Aug 28, 2001 5:12 AM
I have two San Marco Rolls saddles. One was purchased in 1987 and is currently on my training bike. The padding is getting hard, but the leather is still in fine shape and it still has a few mile left in it. My second, "newer" Rolls Ti was purchased in 1995 and is on my new bike. Its as comfortable now as it ever has been.

Rolls SaddlesTig
Aug 28, 2001 7:34 AM
This is one great saddle. It's worth the extra grams for the comfort it gives. I haven't had one in a while but am considering going back to it now that I'm older and wiser. The only other one I'm looking at is the Era.

I'm ready to send my Flite Ti to the scrap yard. 20,000+ miles and it's a goner!
Rolls vs. Era...Cima Coppi
Aug 28, 2001 9:53 AM
From a personal standpoint, I was uncomfortable on the Era. The Era is significanly narrower than the Rolls, and for me it was not comfy at all. See if a LBS will let you try it before you buy, but you can always pick up the Rolls Ti from Excel.

Are you a "Real Man Saddle" candidate?MB1
Aug 28, 2001 5:25 AM
Depends on the saddle...jtolleson
Aug 28, 2001 6:22 AM
OK, as if that isn't an overly obvious answer.

Saddles that rely on gel for the padding, IMHO, become rock hard due to heat, compression, and age within 3-4 seasons. So, some saddles become a lot different than what you first purchased than others.

I also have a Terry ti Liberator, and am thinking about replacement after 3 seasons. The compression of riding seems to have hardened the edges around the hole in the saddle and I've become more aware of it this season. I'm not "uncomfortable" but I think discomfort is coming. But I'll buy another Terry.
I have never changed a saddleThioderek
Aug 28, 2001 6:24 AM
I have never changed a saddle because it wore out.

It might be because I have never had only one bike to ride. I have quite a few, so I am always switching from bike to bike.

I am going to take a look at some of them when I get home. Maybe they are worn out?
depends on the saddle.onrhodes
Aug 28, 2001 7:39 AM
I used to go through a flite a year (5-6,000 miles). Then I switched to a San Marco Era saddle last year and I have probably 6-7,000 on that and 1 crash and it is still looking a good as ever.