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New seat question(6 posts)

New seat questionPsychler
Jun 15, 2002 12:52 PM
I took my rig to my local shop to brainstorm why I am so uncomfortable. He (mechanic) suggests that my ole Flite saddle is worn...weak substructure which gives under my weight and thus sticks the nose up my crotch....He suggests one of these "gel, or cutaway " seats....I am a weight freak, but if I must give in, then I will....Any suggestions on a lightweight, "soft" center seat?
Trying to make a sale...jose_Tex_mex
Jun 15, 2002 3:46 PM
I am suspicious of his rationale, although he could be right. I have a ten year old flight Ti saddle - original equipment on my Lunar Trek 5200. I still use the saddle today without any problem.

What is uncomfortable? Saddle sores, numbness, fatigue, back pains...? When did the discomfort start?

I do also ride the Selle Flight gel and have great things to say about it. However, I bet the problem is either:
saddle position, saddle height, saddle level, stem length, stem height, stem angle, or frame size. Optimize these first before you spend any money.

Best of luck.
Most likely true but...hayaku
Jun 15, 2002 4:10 PM
I have had the same problem with the Flight. When I first got it, it was very nice. However after about 8 months of use I noticed that it was becoming more and more uncomfortable. Seat angle didn't help, nothing did. I had a good look at it and found that the saddle was flexing in the middle, enough to be resting on the seat pillar. I was told that this happens to saddles over time. Eventually I bought an SLR because of the good things that I had read on this site and have been very happy ever since.

I think you should go to the bike shop and try as many saddles as possible. Make note of which ones have a flat shape (Like the SLR, designed for many riding possitions) and which ones have a curvey, rounder shape. (The flight, designed for 1 or 2 possitions)

Good luck.
Hang on nowKerry
Jun 15, 2002 5:11 PM
The structure of a modern (non-leather) saddle is such that unless the rails bend or the plastic body tears, there is not really anything to wear out in the basic structure. Covers will tear, foam will age (harden, crumble, compact) and with near certainty, gel will move around. But the nylon shell will not soften or stretch. I weigh 180 and my Flite Ti has nearly 40K miles on it. It's the same as the day it was bought. I had a '70s Cinelli nylon saddle with 90K miles on it, same story. It's quite possible that this saddle doesn't match this rider or that it is not properly set up, but it's unlikely that it "wore out."
Well it happened...hayaku
Jun 16, 2002 3:35 AM
Mine developed more of a bend in the middle and became more flexable. I have looked at the Selle Italia web site but they don't say anything specifically about this. However they only offer a one year warantee against "Wear".

Take everything that your bike shop says with a grain of salt, but sometimes, sometimes they'll be right.

BTW, 130,000km! That's a looooong way!
Jun 16, 2002 3:39 AM
130,000 miles! That's even further than 130,000km!
Good work