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Stitching on saddle problems.(12 posts)

Stitching on saddle problems.ol
Aug 27, 2002 7:04 PM
Does anyone with stitching on their saddles chafe or feel uncomfortable because of the stitching? Does the problem subside after you break in the saddle?
Shouldn't be a problemFez
Aug 27, 2002 7:15 PM
unless you are riding without shorts.

It never was a problem for me, but the stitching and all the stuff on the saddle does get a little smoother over time.
Is this a saddle with a cutout?jtolleson
Aug 27, 2002 7:35 PM
If so, the irritation may be more than stitching. What kinds of shorts are you wearing?
Is this a saddle with a cutout?ol
Aug 27, 2002 7:58 PM
The shorts are of good quality, the saddle is a san marco era pro with no cutout.
re: Stitching on saddle problems.skibert
Aug 27, 2002 8:17 PM
I have the same one and have not had any problems w/ chafing but I have noticed some wear on my shorts at that spot, nothing bad enough to ruin the shorts but its there and it wasnt before i switched.
Oh, yes.DMoore
Aug 27, 2002 8:44 PM
I had (still have, actually) a San Marco Aspide. The stitching on it coincided exactly with the stitching on the chamois of my Pearl Izumi shorts, of which I own several pairs. The combination chewed a hole in a rather tender spot over the course of a 40 mile ride. I waited for it to heal, thinking it was a fluke, and repeated the experiment with a shorter ride. Same result. I've no idea if further riding would resolve the problem, because I'm not willing to sacrifice any more skin.

I replaced the saddle with a Flite TT. The TT has no stitching, is more comfortable and lighter than the Aspide.

OTOH, I have a San Marco ERA saddle on another bike, with stitching, and have had no problems with it. So I guess it just depends on the particular saddle, and shorts, and planetary alignment, and whatever....
Ditto with Selle Italia Geniuine Gel, etc.Spunout
Aug 28, 2002 6:24 AM
Same thing, the embroidery started wearing through my shorts, then through the chammy, then through my ... OUCH!!

And, replaced it with a Flite in real leather. Terry looks good and smooth too.
re: Stitching on saddle problems.Leak
Aug 27, 2002 9:09 PM
I have a San Marco Era and the embroidery on the flanks of the saddle is wearing away holes in all of my shorts, though it doesn't cause me any pain.

I love the saddle, but I can't afford to replace all of my shorts at one time! So now I'm looking for the old version of the Era...the ones that only had some minimal stitching down the middle of the saddle.

I will try to avoid buying any saddle with embroidery on the flanks anymore. Personally, I think the saddle companies have gone crazy with the's not like anyone can see/enjoy it while your sitting on it!

It's a common problem...TJeanloz
Aug 28, 2002 4:26 AM
A lot of people have a chafing problem on saddles with stitching- so much so that most saddles (including the Era) are offered without the stitches.
Lose/lose situationfiltersweep
Aug 28, 2002 5:50 AM
If it is not the stiching, then the lettering simply rubs off- not as damaging or uncomfortable, but less permanent than a stitched logo.
Aug 28, 2002 8:20 AM
I had problems with the Emroidery on my Selle Italia Gel Flite eating up my shorts. But they wear down after awhile and not so much a problem anymore. Nothing is worse than the large copper rivets on the Brooks saddles...
Regal Rivets Rule!JaeP
Aug 28, 2002 8:05 PM
My Ti San Marco Regal saddle broke (gotta love those rivets!) and I replaced it with a Ti Flite saddle with embroidery. I HATE IT!!! I can feel the stitching and it bothers me to no end (no pun intended).

I will only ride on a San Marco Rolls or Regal saddle-minus the embroidery.