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Offline pensico

saddles for touring
« on: January 16, 2007, 08:45:09 pm »
Can anybody out there tell me the best kind of saddle for long distance touring on paved roads.  Would appreciate anybody's opinion on different saddles they have tried and which were the most comfortable.


Offline ptaylor

saddles for touring
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2007, 11:15:40 pm »
Hi Pensico.

This is an important topic and has been discussed a lot on this forum.

In the upper right corner of this window is a 'search' button. You may want to do a search on "saddle" to see some of the past discussions. I'm not sure any of it will help much - saddles seem to be very subjective.

Paul
Paul

Offline wanderingwheel

saddles for touring
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2007, 12:10:59 am »
As Paul said, saddles are very personal choices.  After trying many different saddles, there are a few qualities that I would look for in any new saddle.

Each saddle has a different shape and some will fit better than others.  Personally, I like saddles that are flattish front to back, rather than hammock shaped.  Every time I've tried hammock-shaped saddles, I end up positioning them so that the nose is flat and the back sweeps up.  I also like saddles that are fairly wide and flat from side to side.  I peddle with my legs close together, so a narrow nose and a fast transition from the rear of the saddle to the nose are important.

The other thing to consider about saddle besides their shape is their firmness.  Some like soft saddles that you can sink down into.  I'm at the other end of the spectrum and I prefer very firm saddles.  One thing to consider if you like soft saddles is if the padding will still support you after half a day of riding.  On some soft saddles, the padding moves if you've been riding for a few hours, and you find yourself siting on the hard shell underneath, rather than the soft padding.

I now ride two different saddles.  On most long rides I use a Brooks Swift saddle.  It has a great shape for me and my required firmness.  As a leather saddle, it must be taken care of better than a modern plastic saddle, but that hasn't been an issue for me.  I also use a wide Specialized Toupe.  Again it has a good shape and is the firmest of the Specialized line.  Other saddles that have treated me well include the Avocet O2 Racing and the basic Selle Italia Flite.

Sean


Offline Sailariel

saddles for touring
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2007, 12:56:40 pm »
Saddles are a difficult choice for sure. I can only share what I did to find a comfortable saddle. I got a square of foam with memory and put it down on a hard, flat surface. Sat on it wearing nothing. The foam ended up with two indents which I quickly marked with a marker pen. The indents are your sit-bones. I measured how many centimeters I had between the two marks,and that gave me an idea as to how wide the seat should be. Went to a bike shop with my tape measure and found the right size seat.


Offline pensico

saddles for touring
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2007, 01:09:51 am »
Thank you for that information,  that is a great idea of yours and will probably do that.


Offline litespeed

saddles for touring
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2007, 11:56:26 am »
I wouldn't use anything but a Terry Gel Touring saddle. And I'm not alone in this opinion. I've met a lot of people using them and they are unaminous in their praise. They are very comfortable and last forever. You can get both men's and women's models. It's the only saddle I've used that doesn't cause me pain or numbness.


Offline bruno

saddles for touring
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2007, 10:12:09 am »
just to chime in here--like yall said, a saddle is different for different butts. but brooks fits me well. i have a b17 narrow with about 6000 miles on it. it was good right out of the box and kept getting better. i have a professional on another bike with about 2500 miles on it. a little harder to break in, but perfect now. but my best saddle, surprisingly, is a fizik aliante. when i had my long-distance tourer built up, i was going to put another brooks pro on it, but my lbs had to backorder it and they put the fizik on my bike til they got the pro in. thing is great (and lighter than brooks models). kinda dear but it's a great saddle though not to my eye as aesthetically pleasing as the brooks are.


Offline debudebu

saddles for touring
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007, 11:59:09 am »
I got a terry liberator y saddle for my trip around lake superior because of the good reviews, and my butt hurt every day for three weeks. I tried moving it around and changing my handle bar height, but nothing worked. No matter how I sat on it I was in pain.


Offline jimbeard

saddles for touring
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2007, 12:36:39 pm »
For myself
First choice is Brooks B17 Special
Second Terry liberator

Jim
Jim

Offline MichaelTheWingN

saddles for touring
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2007, 02:11:17 pm »
The Serfas RX is da bomb! I swear by this saddle...

http://www.serfas.com/rx_saddles/rx_tech.shtml

Have a good ride!

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live. Mark Twain
Get a bicycle. You will not regret it. If you live. Mark Twain

Offline mudmin

saddles for touring
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2007, 10:55:09 pm »
I'll be another to chime in with the Brooks B17. It's perfect and it took me only 40 miles to break in decent. It's now got 13,000 miles on it. It was the first thing I pulled off my old bike and put on my new one.  Bikenashbar.com seemed to be the cheapest place for it.


Offline Nitram

saddles for touring
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2007, 10:02:26 pm »
Brooks B17


Offline bern

saddles for touring
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2007, 12:01:54 am »
I second the serfas RX saddle womans specific!!!