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Comfortable Saddles?(7 posts)

Comfortable Saddles?Rob
Oct 24, 2001 11:16 AM
I would like some suggestions on what type of saddle I should get. I have a very hard shell saddle now, but want to start doing some long distance touring and figure I need a more comfortable saddle. It seems kind of logistically difficult to try a bunch of saddles out before buying one, so I thought I'd ask for some advice first. What do you look for (soft, but not too soft right). What about the ones with holes in them...those seem to be pretty popular these days. Any specific brand/make suggestions? Any inputs will be appreciated. Thanks,

Your butt ain't my buttmr_spin
Oct 24, 2001 11:32 AM
Ask a dozen people and you'll get a dozen recommendation. In the end (a pun!), you have to go try them out yourself. Find a bike shop that will let you do this. My local shop does. If your local shop doesn't, find another shop that does.

Personally, I like the Selle Italia Flite. The one without the gel.

You are wise to avoid anything too plush and squishy. It usually seems comfortable for an hour, but then it just gets annoying.
get a Brooks!Rusty McNasty
Oct 24, 2001 11:45 AM
If you are really going touring, look at a B72. If you are just looking for a good long-distance saddle, get either a B17 Conquest or a Team Professional. Get one that's big enuf for your @$$.
I 2nd that.UncleMoe
Oct 24, 2001 3:40 PM
I ride a B17. The leather is suspended and you do not want to be riding on the rails, thus they do run wider then plastic saddles. offers 6 month return policy if you don't like them. I know of very few shops that sell them. I have one on my MTB and another on my road. Love them both. Just do some research so you know the pros and cons of a leather saddle first. They are not for everyone, but will help in comfort and less numbness.
I 3rd that.coonass
Oct 24, 2001 4:46 PM
there ain't no butt like minecyclopathic
Oct 24, 2001 3:29 PM
still a lot MTB butts were cured by Bontrager FS2000
no negative reviews, seems to be a universal cure ;)

I have seen Nashbar x2 density seats used by BMB riders
if it worked fine for 750mi, should be fine for century

Also most saddle sores on long rides caused by shorts beware
re: Trial & errordzrider
Oct 25, 2001 5:47 AM
You gotta try 'em! I used the same saddles, San Marco Concor, for almost 20 years and couldn't get one on a new bike so I tried a Terry Ti Fly. It has a hole which my wife the health care professional thinks is important and feels okay as long as I don't let the loose parts settle into it. It has a more padding which I notice more when I push on it with my thumb than I do sitting on it. It fits me better than a Concor Light that I gave to my son. What I'd look for is a shop that lets you try a few before you buy one.