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Offline glorycoree

Woman's Touring Saddle, which one??
« on: February 19, 2009, 09:50:10 am »
Hello! I am planning a trip from Seattle back down to Pleasanton, Ca and I need some advice. I have a Terry Butterfly Ti saddle that I am using on my surly, however, it's not the most comfortable. I am curious what other women use and if anyone uses the Brooks? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks so much,


Offline Tourista829

Re: Woman's Touring Saddle, which one??
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2009, 01:34:01 pm »

I wrote you a response and when I went to send it I was logged off. I will try to highlight the post.
The Terry Ti is more for an "in the drops" position. My girlfriend has a Motobecane Older Touring Bike. She has had a lot of discomfort with saddles. She is almost 5'7", a very fit 106 pounds. I purchased a Terry Liberator X saddle for her. She rode it for about 250 miles and was disappointed with it. It was designed for a more upright position. In fairness, Terry makes some excellent saddles and she may be unique. If we had had more than a 30 day trail period, it might have worked. That saddle hurt whether 3 miles or more. Normally, she is fine for the 1st 40 miles then after that pain. Here are a few suggestions:

1. She is currently riding a Serfas Woman's Saddle with a large cut out and a wider rear. It is better but not
    perfect. We may try a Womans Brooks Professional Saddle or another option, I described later in this text.

2. You said you were riding a Surly, I assume a Long Haul Trucker? What size frame? I went to purchase a Surly
    and I had two issues with it. I did not want 26" wheels, matter of personal preference only, and the top tube
    stem combo tends to be long. You could adjust the stem length but be careful not too short or it may affect

3. If you haven't already, pay the money and get a good fit session. It may fix some of your issues.

4. Bontrager (Trek) offers a saddle called the Inform Saddle. They basically guarantee fit with a 90 day trial period.
    They have you sit on a gel that turns colors to see where your sit bone is on the saddle. You simply, match the
    color of the gel to the color on the tag. I like that they offer a number of widths for woman.

Now some on the forum might think this is nonsense, a bit of hocus pocus, but the bike shop, I saw it in, Bicycle Outfitters of Seminole, Fl. swear by it. They are a store that caters to bicycle touring and they actually stock Surly's. So.....

I personally ride a Brooks Professional Saddle. I found it extremely uncomfortable, for the first 400-500 miles and after using the proof hide to soften it up some and becoming road hard, it is the best saddle I have ever owned. I use it with a Comotion Norwester Tour. I am able to ride 80 plus miles before noticing any soreness.

I hope you get your saddle issues sorted out prior to your trip. Try the Inform Saddle, you have nothing to lose and plenty of time to break it in. If it doesn't work return it. If you find a saddle, that you really like, please let us know. Thanks Bob & Dot  P.S. Also look at your bike shorts and go with a pair of Terry shorts, that may help too.

Offline brook94306

Re: Woman's Touring Saddle, which one??
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2009, 01:50:57 pm »

I ride a Surly too and love my saddle. I started off with a Terry but didn't like it so I bought a Specialized Jett. I love it. It has a wide opening for cooling and frictionless riding (for the girls) and it flexes a bit for a softer ride. I just bought a new Surly Long Haul Trucker for the Southern Tier this Spring and Jett 155 for the saddle.


Offline biker_james

Re: Woman's Touring Saddle, which one??
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2009, 07:12:37 am »
I got a Brooks Professional a few years ago, and my wife siad she didn't want one-no way. On a ride one day, a rail snapped on her saddle. I swapped the saddle & seatposts, and suffered home on a crooked saddle. Anyway, when she tried it she loved the Brooks. She went and bought one right away, and has really liked it ever since. She's had it for a couple of years, and a lot of miles, but hers has never softened up much, where mine has.
I do think that with Brooks, whether you are male or female that it does take some effort to get it set up correctly. But its worth the effort.

Offline Tourista829

Re: Woman's Touring Saddle, which one??
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2009, 10:37:46 am »
I agree with the last person, once a Brooks is broken in, it may be the best saddle out there. Their longevity is a testament to their products. I know each person is built a little different and may have their own issues, it may not work for all. Unfortunately, no matter what saddle you choose, there is no substitute for miles in the saddle.

Offline paddleboy17

Re: Woman's Touring Saddle, which one??
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2009, 11:38:31 am »
My first Brooks saddle was a reluctant purchase.  I thought these are so low tech, how can they be any good.  I might never have bought one  if I had not done some on line research.  I kept finding all of these references that said, buy from wallingford, they have a 90 days no questions ask return policy.

All of my friends (and I) have a box of saddles that did not work out.

So I recommend that you talk to the nice people at Wallingford,  I have not been there lately, but they know their product line.  And if they will still sell you a saddle with a 90 day return policy, how can you go wrong.