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finding the perfect saddle ...tarwheel
Mar 7, 2002 6:51 AM
Has anyone ever gone out and bought a bunch of different saddles, tried them out to find the perfect fit, and then returned the ones that didn't? I followed this routine when trying to find the right stem last summer, and Excelsports agreed to let me return the ones I didn't want. It seems like many stores are more reluctant to let you try out saddles, though.

I've been using a Selle Italia Trans Am Max for 1-1/2 years now and I'm mostly satisfied with it, but I keep thinking there's a "perfect" saddle out there for me. The TransAm is little firmer than I prefer, and I'm wondering if a slightly narrower saddle might fit me better (though not sure about that). And, of course, it would be nice to find something a little lighter.

My original plan was to search for some deals on saddles on eBay and try them out that way, but some of the models I've been considering seldom are auctioned. For example, I've wanted to try out some of the older classic style saddles, like the San Marco Rolls and Regal. I've been searching eBay for quite a while looking for a deal on one of these, but every time I find one, the price gets bid up to near retail cost.
regal is a great saddle for meSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 7, 2002 7:08 AM
and it is nice in that it doesnt have logo's all over it unless you like the new ones on excel sports. and they are just right for my ass at around 150mm wide but still feel like a narrow style saddle in that your legs dont splay or straddle. they wear very well too.

but they are not light at between 300 and 370 odd grams depending on which rails you opt for.

i think i may be able to get some limited edition white "girardi" regals which have brass colored rivets and rails for about $45. very pretty. if your interested leave an email and ill contact you.
regal is a great saddle for metarwheel
Mar 7, 2002 7:55 AM
The Regal just "looks" like it would be comfortable and is very classic in appearance. Thanks for the offer on the Girardi saddle, but I don't think I would want a white saddle. Just wouldn't go with my color scheme and I'm afraid it would just get dirty.
Like looking for the holy grail or somethingLone Gunman
Mar 7, 2002 7:16 AM
I currently ride a Brooks Pro. Have tried a variety from a Terry Fly to anything that came with a bike. I am restoring a '78 bike right now and am contemplating putting the period correct/country of origin correct Brooks of the restore and trying the Regal on my Lemond. I think the Regal will work for me because the most comfy saddle (next to the Brooks) I own is a Selle San Marco black Suede that is currently on the restore project. Width wise, Regal is very similar to the suede. Stiffness, might be very close to the Brooks. My question is will I get the suspension "leather flex" with the Regal that I have with the Brooks or should I just grab the next used Brooks Pro I can get my hands on and declare it my saddle for life. I don't like the weight of the Brooks but it is tough to beat comfort wise.
only your ass can answer that ;-) NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 7, 2002 7:24 AM
Another leather optiontarwheel
Mar 7, 2002 7:49 AM
Harris Cyclery (Sheldon Brown's shop) has started offering the Lepper Voyager leather saddle, which is a good "light weight" alternative to the Brooks. The Lepper weighs about 330-350 grams, which is slightly lighter than the Brooks Swift (or is it Swallow) with the ti rails. The Lepper also has ti rails and costs "only" $100, which is $40-60 cheaper than the Brooks ti saddle.

I have seen one of the Lepper saddles up close at a local bike shop, and it is a very nice saddle. That is another one of the options I am considering, but I'm trying to trim some weight from my bike and would prefer to keep the saddle under 300g. Also, I am a little leary of the whole process of breaking in a leather saddle. I had an Ideale leather saddle with the copper rivets back in 1980s. It was a beautiful saddle but I never could seem to get it broken in. Wish I still had it, though, because I've seen them selling for top dollar on eBay.
Mar 7, 2002 10:44 AM
I purchased a Lepper Voyager last spring. Mine has Reynolds 525 rails - it's the old version. The break in period seemed to be very short, much shorter than my Brooks conquest. Lepper doesn't recommend proofing them, either, except where the leather gets tarnished.

I paid slightly less (about $70) - could be the Ti, could be overseas shipping. I haven't been able to put the miles on it that I want yet (nothing over 60k), but I'm happy so far.

I believe Cannondale specs the voyager on their high-end touring bikes (T2000?), and I've seen it advertized on a Moulton as well.
Another leather optionPjkad
Mar 7, 2002 2:43 PM
I bought Voyager Ti and got it last week. Harris was out of stock so I ordered it from Europe (105 Euros including shipping). They also had it in black as well as tan (I got black). Took one ride this weekend and so far so good. Never had leather saddle before so don't see much of a break-in. The suspension effect of leather feels very good. The lack of a carved out middle (I was using a Body Geometry by Specialized)is where the jury is out. But it is very light for leather, looks good. Need to ride a bunch more to see for sure...
Where did you order it from?bianchi boy
Mar 7, 2002 7:36 PM
The black Lepper saddle, that is. Got a web address?
Where did you order it from?Pjkad
Mar 8, 2002 8:18 AM

I dealt with them via email:

Other contact info:

Marten Gerritsen
Tubus import en framebouw

Gerritsen & Meijers, Ingenieurs
Dorpsstraat 132
9605 PD Kiel Windeweer, Nederland

Tel: 0598-491865
Fax: 0598-491893
i wish my bum was more acommodating...ouch!miss pedal
Mar 7, 2002 8:26 AM
whilst im only new to biking and have just a simple city bike i wish i could find something to fit me better than my current saddle. its the only thing that keep me from going for longer rides. all the saddles i see in the bike store dont look very comfortable and im already very sensitive 'down there' as it is.

a lot of people have suggested bike shorts but i have never liked tight fitting clothing and besides i like to keep free and comfortable when i ride as it gets really hot around here. i like only natural fibres anyway.

never knew this sport would be so HARD.

i wish i knew some real cyclists in my town who could offer me a little help and advice especially as im knew to all this bike stuff.
Could this be the REAL Cherry1 (babe is beautiful) nmPaul
Mar 7, 2002 9:06 AM
cherry1? dont think so - im a peach as in GEORGIAmiss pedal
Mar 7, 2002 9:22 AM
and as i live in a little trailer park a ways out from Savannah i get real frustrated as my bike is my only way to get around and out the dump i have to call home.

sometimes i wish i could just click my heels and end up somewhere like Vegas. Oh.. i wish i could go there but i dont really have any qualifications for work as i flunked and dropped out of school.

i work in a little bakery but its pretty boring and for some reason all my customers are really generous truckers. really nice guys. some have offered me a ride out of town and have said i could make some real fine money in Vegas. dont know what i i could do but im sure i could find something.

maybe i could save up for a new saddle and a good lock and i could have a try at being a bike courier. but being honest most days id rather lay around in bed as im pretty lazy.

any ideas?
Is that you Eugene? I thought you joined the cubbies (nm)Slipstream
Mar 7, 2002 9:28 AM
Tried the Terry Fly yet?Leisure
Mar 7, 2002 6:42 PM
It's a lot like the Trans Am but softer. It's what I use and sounds like it might fit your, bill.
That might be my best option ...bianchi boy
Mar 7, 2002 7:38 PM
Terry is one of the few saddle makers that has a return policy if you don't like them, so I've been thinking about trying the Fly. A friend has one and really likes it. It's also on sale right now at Performance.
OVERATED!!Lone Gunman
Mar 8, 2002 7:35 AM
If you like a firm saddle the Fly is not for you. The cut out thing is overated and the saddle is mushhy and that created pressure points for me. Have you looked at some of the high end Specialized saddles if sold on the cut out thing? I felt like I was sitting on the rails it became so uncomfortable, and when I felt around under the saddle it would flex to the rails on bumps and give me a jolt. Try the Regal, plus the Fly is narrow, 135mm wide.