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6-8 Hour Saddle(13 posts)

6-8 Hour SaddleWild Bill
Oct 2, 2001 4:35 AM
This is must to know. All the saddles out there ...are any of them good for 6-8 hours of riding?
Here in Canada we like to ride 100 and 200 Kilometres.(that’s about 60-120 miles)There is even the odd time we will ride 320k (200 miles).
So put your pain where your mouth is and tell all about your saddle experience.
I even heard that if the saddle is set up perfect it dosen't matter what it is, can this be true?
Wild Bill
It's your tush but I like a Brooks. YMMV nmMB1
Oct 2, 2001 4:39 AM
Ditto on the BrooksLone Gunman
Oct 2, 2001 5:14 AM
I am currently trialing a Brooks Pro. At first sight one thinks how possibly can this saddle be comfortable? A solid hard piece of leather that has zero padding. What I have noticed is no singular pressure points that I have had with gel or foam padding saddles. I occasionally get numbnuts but only if I stay in the same position too long. But when I get off the saddle and then back on like at a rest break on a long ride, no bruising or pain when I sit back down. It is on the heavy side, but comfort is key. I will lose a pound and offset the weight gain in the saddle.
San Marco Rolls Ti nmGregJ
Oct 2, 2001 7:09 AM
you may not believe this...Dog
Oct 2, 2001 7:19 AM
but my favorite saddle for long rides (routinely over 200 miles) is the Selle Italia SLR. It fits me, and flexes a little down the middle for some shock absorption. In fact, this is the saddle I have on 2 bikes for a 500 mile - continuous - bike race next week.

Too much padding puts too much pressure on my crotch area, especially if down on the aerobars a lot.

I have a Brooks on my old bike, but it's not broken in yet. New, it's hard as a rock.

To me, though, shorts are more important than the saddle.

re: 6-8 Hour Saddlejtolleson
Oct 2, 2001 7:21 AM
Anyone who says "so long as it is set up perfect, it doesn't matter what it is" needs to be given one of the old stock saddles out of the dump barrel at any LBS and told to go ride a century. It does matter.

Beyond that, preference is personal, but I'm a Terry fan (Ti Liberator Race)
14+ Hoursgrzy
Oct 2, 2001 8:24 AM
I find that the Selle Italia Max Flight Trans Am works great for me. I had a Terry Men's Liberator, but it was too soft and led to some chafing. I've got a wall full of saddles that didn't work out well. Good shorts, correct height/position and Chamois Butt'r are parts of the equation also.
San Marco Rolls. Weight dinks need not apply. nmDog Breath
Oct 2, 2001 10:36 AM
Brooks Team ProfessionalRusty McNasty
Oct 2, 2001 10:53 AM
It's amazing just how comfortable a 1/2 slab of cowhide can actually be. Mine is comfortable even after 10 hours in the saddle. Save the titanium torture device for those "weight weenie days", and use the Brooks for the rest of the time.
Any Brooks will do...UncleMoe
Oct 2, 2001 12:52 PM
Its been a while since the Brooks fans have had a chance to grin on this forum. I ride the B17. After years of getting numb and trying saddle after saddle, the B17 has solved my issue.

I will admit that after a few hours I do get slightly numb, but just a small break, a short ride out of the saddle, or just a change in cadence or shifting in the saddle clears it up.

Two good resources on leather saddles and purchasing info are:

Both have good articles and offer a wide variety. The saddles average $50-$90 depending on the style. The more expensive ones are usually just fancier designs, but the same leather.

The biggest choice you will have is the seat width. The B17 is wider and for a more touring, commuter type of rider. I've ridden 90 miles with no problems to mention.

The narrower models are intended for racers, or skinnier behinds.
another Brooks fanRod
Oct 2, 2001 3:40 PM
I've been using a Brooks B-17 most of this season, with 200 miles being my longest one-day ride. My only regret is that I didn't buy this saddle 3 years ago.
Selle Italia Flite Ti (nm)Kerry Irons
Oct 2, 2001 4:44 PM
Still another Brooks fanghof
Oct 2, 2001 5:24 PM
I'm using a Champion Flyer (B17 with springs). I don't go 8 hours, but after 4-6 I feel better than after that amount of time in my car seat. The talk about break-in scared me a bit. I found that the saddle was more comfortable in the first 200 miles than anything else I've used. After that it only got better.