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Buying a Saddle(7 posts)

Buying a Saddlebc165
Aug 18, 2003 12:12 PM
With sooooo many saddles to choose from, and, sometimes very different perspectives on saddles by reviewers, I'm going in circles trying to find a comfy seat that's reasonably light. I weigh in at a mere 145, and my Lemond absorbs bumps pretty well, but I want to feel NO PAIN in my pereneum or sit bones at the end of 60 miles. Any suggestions on how to buy, where, and models that do the magic for you??? Thanks...
Be Patientspluti
Aug 18, 2003 12:24 PM
Buy from your LBS only they agree to give you a money back trial period no less than 30 days. Use the time wisely, ride lots of miles. Don't make big radical changes in your bike fit. Make sure your in the ballpark to begin with. If you are new to cycling there is no way around some sorness.
In my opinion....softer is not better.
Agree . . .less is moreLook381i
Aug 18, 2003 5:54 PM
comfortable. With good shorts and chamois, good saddle position and proper width for your sit bones, a shell with a narrow nose (to avoid thigh chafing) might be adequate. Soft saddles tend to contact and compress more soft tissue, leading to perineal numbness, hip joint pain, and sore glutes.

After many years being happy with Flite Ti's, about 5k miles ago I switched to the SLR , which is even more comfortable. (I weigh 170.)
re: Buying a Saddleflying
Aug 18, 2003 12:39 PM
I have bought a few from Excel & as long as they are not scratched or beat they take them back if you dont like how it feels.
re: Buying a Saddlesmcintos
Aug 18, 2003 3:44 PM
I would look at the Terry Liberator saddle it is by far the most comfy I have found. Also you can find good deals on this saddle if you search around.
re: Buying a Saddletarwheel
Aug 19, 2003 4:34 AM
Saddles are very individual and it often takes a while to find one that fits you right. The best advice I can give you is to buy from a shop, on-line dealer, or manufacturer that allows returns. Some local bike shops will allow this, others will not (like mine). Performancebike.com will let you return almost anything, assuming you haven't trashed it. Excelsports.com will allow returns as long as the saddle is in like-new condition. Some saddle companies that allow exchanges or full refunds within 30 days include Koobi, Terry and Avocet. I have had good luck with Koobi Enduro/Silver saddles, and I know a lot of cyclists who like the Terry Fly (or Butterfly for women).
If a saddle fits it doesn't need much padding to be comfy.dzrider
Aug 19, 2003 4:35 AM
Therefore if it needs a lot of padding to be comfy, it doesn't fit. It is almost impossible to predict anything about saddles other than that an all leather saddle will eventually feel pretty good. My recommendation is to start with some that have been on the market for a long time figuring that they have to work for somebody or they wouldn't last. Avocet; San Marco Strada, Rolls and Regal; Selle Italia Turbo and Flite are some with quite a few years in the marketplace. Good luck. As others have said don't adjust your bike to fit your saddle and be patient.