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recommendations for a new saddle

I am looking for a new MORE COMFORTABLE saddle to replace the one that came with the bike 20 years ago. I was thinking about the Ritchey WCS Streem but would be interested in hearing what you all have to say.

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10usstring, May 8, 2013 at 6:43 am

Check out the Koobi saddles. I’ve also had good luck with some of the mens Terry saddles.



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trek15rider, May 8, 2013 at 7:27 am

Ed, this is going to be a very interesting topic. Saddle selection is a very individual thing and what’s a great saddle for some might not be the same for others. You’ll get some great ideas from this, but ultimately you’ll probably just end up having to try out several to see what works best for you. Most good saddle companies will allow you to try their product and then allow you to switch (within their brand) if you are not satisfied. The problem is most saddles require a little time before you really know. So good luck with finding a your new saddle; there are many great ones out there!



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jwsknk, May 8, 2013 at 7:43 am

for me it’s a Brooks



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David, May 8, 2013 at 7:43 am

Ask your bike shop about exchanges. Good shops should let you swap saddles after a week for something else.

If your local shops aren’t that nice then check out Competitive Cyclist, they will allow you to return anything with no questions

I personally like the Selle Italia SLR Flow

For some people shoes are another hard to get right without testing item. For both purchases I recommend a vendor with a return/exchange policy.



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CyclingRoberto, May 8, 2013 at 7:56 am

Check out the Rolls from Selle San Marco.

See you on the road.

And get some Nubutte to go with your new saddle.



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Scott J, May 8, 2013 at 8:40 am

I bought a Selle Anatomica Titanico last year and I have no regrets. Like a Brooks it’s leather but requires no break in. Made in America.



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Sandaltan, May 8, 2013 at 8:49 am

I have a couple of friends who just purchased their third Brooks saddles. They wore out the previous saddles and were happy to buy their third Brooks product. Were I in the market for a saddle I would give Brooks a try. Too bad there is not a lending library for bicycle saddles so that you could try out two or three before you buy.




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RonB, May 8, 2013 at 8:59 am

Agree with trek15rider above. It’s an individual thing and pretty much a trial and error effort. However, depending on what you want to do, the recommendations for a Brooks (B-17 in my case) are pretty good if you are not the “racing type”. The Brooks is a heavy leather saddle, but confortable for cruising/touring. You won’t see one at any races, for the weight reason. If you are a “racing type”, then I’ve got nothing for you, just experiment and wind up like many of us (even the non racing types) with a box full of the wrong saddles!!



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stuckinmizzou, May 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

I also have a Selle Anatomica Titanico…no break-in period…put it on, started riding and it was like I had been riding on it for years…



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Michrider !!!, May 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

I agree with Scott and Stuckinmizzou. I bought a Selle Anatomica Titanico this year and love it! I gave away a brooks after riding it for 500 miles of pain! I was glad to get rid of it!!!! Selle Anatomica also has longer rails than a Brooks saddle.



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HillsAngels1, May 8, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love my BROOKS. Mich you gave it away 100 miles to soon 😛



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Michrider !!!, May 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

HA1, 100 more miles of pain was not in my future! I must add that I have a Brooks Flyer (sprung) on my mountain/touring bike and like it! The Flyer would not fit my new bike bacause of the short rails.



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Pdiddly, May 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

I rode a Brooks from CA to IA years ago. I just thought everyone’s rear end was supposed to hurt like hell when riding a bike! After 2000 miles the leather didn’t break in one whit! Other folks obviously don’t have this same problem and love their Brooks. Mine must have been made from a very ornery cow hide.



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petra, May 8, 2013 at 11:48 am

Wow – saddle choice is REALLY personal. The fit to your physiology is crucial (i.e. the width of your sit bones.) You can get ideas from others, but the ideal saddle is the one that works for you. Having said tha,t I will add my favorite saddle which it a bit counter intuitive for touring. For two years I have been riding a Fizik Curve Snake saddle. It is fairly minimal, but the use of the rails for suspension (like a hammock) really works for me. I have ridden two week long tours on it besides several thousand miles of riding. Good luck in the search.



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jwsknk, May 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm

ask at the local shop that does fittings. they can measure the “sit bone” spacing and may be able to narrow it dowv saddle choice that is.



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