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When to give up on a seat...(7 posts)

When to give up on a seat...PT
Jan 28, 2002 2:05 PM
So when do you decide a seat is just not gonna work? Any new seat seems to take a while to get use to, but this one just isn't getting there. After moving it around, tilting, etc., it just doesn't seem to be doing the job. Granted, I only have about 400 miles on it... It's kind of hard to give up on a $100 seat (even if it was a gift). Do I just need to ride my butt into shape?
Where's the beef?Lone Gunman
Jan 28, 2002 2:52 PM
I suspect the posters can give alot of advice on seats, what do you not like about the seat? Too narrow/wide, soft/hard, slick/not slick enough, pressure points?
If it doesn't fit...mr_spin
Jan 28, 2002 3:33 PM
...you must acquit. Oops.

Really, if it doesn't fit, get another one. Just do it. Don't even try to justify making a bad saddle work. I tried six or seven models before I settled on one. And price doesn't guarantee comfort, either. The saddle I use is one of the cheapest around (Selle Italia Flite - the basic model, about $50).

Sell the old saddle on Ebay.
you stole my joke.... :^) but I agree....geof
Jan 28, 2002 7:03 PM
spend the $$$ on the seat. What's your ass comfort worth? I've gone throught 8 seats over the years and have finally (I think)found the two I prefer... Sella italia max flite trans am for the MTB... Prolink flight gel on the Road cruzer....
If it ain't a Brooksgrandemamou
Jan 28, 2002 3:43 PM
I doubt you need to wear it in. Assuming you have decent miles in you 400 miles is more than enough to evaluate it. Unfortunately saddles are a trial and error deal. Best bet is to decide what you don't like about it, find a LBS with a decent selection and knowledgable sales staff and experiment.
100 miles ought to do it ...bianchi boy
Jan 29, 2002 9:26 PM
Unless it's a Brooks leather. Your best option is to find a bike shop with a good selection of saddles and a liberal return policy. Some shops will let you try out a saddle for a while, and if it doesn't work out exchange it for another one. Terry and Koobi saddles allow you to return their saddles within the first 90 days, I believe. Also, another good way to experiment with saddles is to buy (and sell) them cheap on eBay. Watch out for the retailers, though, like Gearlink that set high reserve prices. I bought a Max Flite gel saddle on eBay the other day for $22. I figured it was worth trying out for that much $. I've been looking for a nice cheap San Marco Regal saddle for a while, but they're hard to come by.
re: When to give up on a seat...McAndrus
Jan 30, 2002 11:13 AM
The only saddles that require breaking in are the leather ones like Brooks. As other posters have responded, price does not guarantee quality, either.

I bought a Specialized Viagra (or something like that, had an anatomical cut in it) for $100 and the thing was just horrible. I replaced it with a saddle I had literally taken out of the LBS leftover box for $5. It was a low end Selle Italia that I rode for two seasons until I finally did wear it out: you could see the leather wearing through.

I also have a couple of other saddle mistakes in my garage. Oh, well .....