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Old April 16th 08, 10:33 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Victor Kan
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On Apr 16, 4:44 pm, "
wrote:
Now I'm
stocking up on Rollses, and I suppose I'll add another Ti to the
collection for safe keeping.


Are you stocking up on NOS Rollses when you find them, or buying the
new ones with the pre-cracked (textured?) covers?

I wish I had bought more of the NOS ones when Nashbar closed them out
a few years ago. When they ran out, I bought a couple of Vetta Race
Lites even cheaper from them and they've been pretty good too--about
the same width as the Rolls, less padding, not as flat either along
the length or across the width, but pretty comfy nevertheless.
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Old April 17th 08, 07:58 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Apr 16, 11:28*pm, cal wrote:
I use San Marco Rolls saddles and have done so for the last maybe 10
or more years. *The Ti railes ones are just as strong and maybe
stronger than the ones with Chromoly rails. *I believe that today, Ti
rails may be all that are available anymore. *The tops are quite flat
from nose to tail and to my recollection have always been so out of
the box. *I do recall in the distant past having one or two instances
of a Rolls saddle becoming swaybacked after a couple of years of use,
which made it very uncomfortable. *That said, it has been many years
since that has happened and I have gone though quite a few Rolls since
that time without a recurrance of the problem. *I discard them now
when the leather becomes very cracked and rough due to prolonged and
repeated soaking with sweat. *Liberal applications from time to time
of neatsfoot oil does go a long way toward postponing or preventing
the onset of cracking. *This saddle (Rolls) is the most comfortable
and satisfactory saddle I have ever experienced. *I weigh slightly
over 200 lbs and ride 5000-7000 miles per year.

Hope this helps. *

Cal

P.S. *Rolls saddles are getting a little harder to find these days. *I
find that Colorado Cyclist sometimes has them and almost always Excel
Sports, Boulder Colorado has them. *I always have my next one or two
in the box in my closet.

On Tue, 15 Apr 2008 13:47:21 -0700 (PDT),

" wrote:
Hi All,


I have a few San Marco Rolls saddles. Alle were picked up on eBay. One
steel-rail NOS from '86, one used steel-rail from '88, and one
titanium rails one from 2002.


When I bought the Ti rail one, I didn't realize it was Ti until it
came in the mail. Since I'm not a weight weenie, and I am wary of the
Ti rails, I shelved the saddle, content to use the other two which are
quite comfortable.


Yesterday I was doing some experimting with position, and I mounted
the Ti saddle so I could easily swap things around testing different
saddle tilts. For some reason the Ti saddle was alway better, no
matter what. This was confusing, until I looked closely a the saddle
and noticed the Ti one has a much less pronounced profile. It is more
flat, while the steel rail ones have a marked sway-back shape, and
softer shells.


So is this a fluke, or do all the Ti rail Rollses have *a flatter
profile and stiffer shell? Or is this related to production date? This
Ti rail saddle is absolutely perfect and I'd like to get more just
like it, but I don't want to just buy a whole bunch of saddles like
the extra sway-back ones I already have.


Any Rolls experts out there?


Joseph


My "old" ones were slightly swaybacked from start. Not from my 220lbs.
Good to hear the recollections about flattish Ti's.

Joseph
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Old April 17th 08, 08:00 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Apr 16, 11:33*pm, Victor Kan wrote:
On Apr 16, 4:44 pm, "

wrote:
Now I'm
stocking up on Rollses, and I suppose I'll add another Ti to the
collection for safe keeping.


Are you stocking up on NOS Rollses when you find them, or buying the
new ones with the pre-cracked (textured?) covers?

I wish I had bought more of the NOS ones when Nashbar closed them out
a few years ago. *When they ran out, I bought a couple of Vetta Race
Lites even cheaper from them and they've been pretty good too--about
the same width as the Rolls, less padding, not as flat either along
the length or across the width, but pretty comfy nevertheless.


I can't stand the ugly textured cover on the new ones, so I'm on the
look out for NOS. Plus they came in snazzy colors!

Joseph
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Old April 17th 08, 02:03 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
Art Harris
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joseph.santanie wrote:
So is this a fluke, or do all the Ti rail Rollses have *a flatter
profile and stiffer shell? Or is this related to production date?


I've been using Rolls' for about 20 years (all steel railed and both
smooth and textured versions). They all seemed the same as far as
shape, with no large variations from flat. I'll have to measure one
with a straightedge to see how much of a dip it has.

There was also a Rolls "due" (Rolls two) model that was considerably
different.

Art Harris
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Old April 17th 08, 07:51 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Apr 16, 11:33 pm, Victor Kan wrote:
On Apr 16, 4:44 pm, "

wrote:
Now I'm
stocking up on Rollses, and I suppose I'll add another Ti to the
collection for safe keeping.


Are you stocking up on NOS Rollses when you find them, or buying the
new ones with the pre-cracked (textured?) covers?

I wish I had bought more of the NOS ones when Nashbar closed them out
a few years ago. When they ran out, I bought a couple of Vetta Race
Lites even cheaper from them and they've been pretty good too--about
the same width as the Rolls, less padding, not as flat either along
the length or across the width, but pretty comfy nevertheless.


I can't stand the ugly textured cover on the new ones, so I'm on the
look out for NOS. Plus they came in snazzy colors!

Joseph


Those textured covers smooth out in about 1500 miles. Rolls steel rail
saddles are available from Probikekit.com for only about $30 delivered.
They usually run out of them as soon as they get a shipment in. Best saddle
I have ever used.

Neal

 




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