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Old 08-13-2012, 10:22 PM
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Bike Saddle / Seat

What type (model) of saddle do you use for your bike trips (e.g. Brooks saddle)?

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Old 07-30-2014, 03:01 AM
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Opening a can of worms there Reality!

When I was at university (15 years ago), I had a steel Raleigh frame with a Brooks saddle. I didn't even know about Brooks then. It may have been a B17, but I don't remember. I just remember being so comfortable on that bike.

However! Present day -- I was given a B17 Brooks and tried it on my Surly Pacer (my touring bike [ultralight touring]). I think the Pacer is a bit large (58cm -- I'm 6ft 0), but I cannot get comfortable on it. It's a used Brooks. Maybe worn in by the wrong buttock cheeks? Or maybe the 15 years of regular cycling have caused a thigh circumference increase outside that of the B17's anatomy...I tried and tried and have given up. Reverting to the Selle Italia XO Flow (with cutout), which I use on my carbon racer. Drawback now is I have to wear padded shorts. I fancied a saddle which would work without.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:09 PM
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ITALIAN leather anatomic/ergonomic mountain bike saddle.
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Old 07-31-2014, 01:43 PM
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I use a Selle Italia, Trans Am. I'd like to try a Brooks, but it's out of my budget for now. The Trans Am has some padding, but not too much. It also has a tightly fitted leather outer, so it keeps things from being too squishy and chafing like I've heard padded seats can give. So far I've been comfortable on it with athletic boxer-briefs and regular shorts on trips up to ~50mi per day, and one day ~100mi in a 24hr period. It seems to be working out well.
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