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Old October 4th 17, 06:46 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?
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On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:46:42 PM UTC-5, wrote:
Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


Brooks leather saddles. Swift on the faster racier bikes. Little narrower and its lighter with titanium rails. For long rides (PBP, randonneuring) its the Team Pro model. Thick heavy leather. Wider too. Long ride means 200 to 800 miles in half day to four days. Not little short afternoon skirmishes or measly centuries.
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Old October 4th 17, 07:23 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 10/4/2017 12:46 PM, wrote:
Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


Cinelli #5.
YMMV

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Old October 4th 17, 07:42 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 10/4/2017 1:46 PM, wrote:
Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


The best road saddle is the one that your butt likes the best. For me it
was the Specialized Romin SL 130mm and the best Selle SMP Evolution
129mm. What I have come to know after decades of using different saddles
a 1, I need a saddle that has a large center cut out; 2, the saddle
must be narrow thru the middle section where I actual sit for most of
the ride; 3, the rear of the saddle must also be on the narrow side
enough for the sit bones to rest on when I am in a more upright riding
position; and finally a little cushion, not a whole lot as this becomes
a major compression issue on longer rides, short rides 25 miles and
under soft cushion saddles are great over that distance and much longer
consistently not so! As you can see much has to do on what type of
riding you are doing; distance, speed,** riding position on the saddle,
bike type and setup, and very important sitting area body anatomy (how
wide apart are you sitting area bones from the front to the rear). Just
because you have narrow hips doesn't mean the sitting area bones are
narrow and the opposite is also true wide hips don't mean wide sitting
bones. Hope this helps and not make things more confusing.

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Old October 5th 17, 03:14 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9:08:30 PM UTC-7, Tim McNamara wrote:
On Wed, 4 Oct 2017 11:04:50 -0700 (PDT),
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On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:46:42 PM UTC-5,
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Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


Brooks leather saddles.


I have switched to the Brooks C.17 on almost all of my bikes. It is
very close to my most comfortable saddle ever, a Brooks Pro that I
bought in 1976 and which was still on one of my bikes until 2016. It is
finally not quite so comfortable any more; leather changes with time.
Like my old Pro, with the C.17 I just don't think about my saddle while
riding. If you have to think about it, it's the wrong saddle. I also
like the lack of worries with rain compared to leather saddles.

But we'll see if I get 40 years out of those C.17s like I did out of my
Pro. Probably not, since in 40 years I'll be 98, but I can hope. How
cool would it be to be able to ride my bike into my 90s! Maybe a century
on my century?


I still have a 1977 Cinelli Unicanitor on my commuter. Great saddle. Leather doesn't like all the wet weather, and I was never a fan -- but saddles are a person choice.

The big deal now is to get your butt measured and to buy a saddle that fits to the micron. Imagine a LBS having to keep all that stock. Any modern version of a Turbo works for me.

-- Jay Beattie.



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On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:23:57 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
On 10/4/2017 12:46 PM, wrote:
Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


Cinelli #5.
YMMV



https://www.ebay.com/i/262987992478?chn=ps&dispItem=1
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Old October 5th 17, 04:10 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On 10/5/2017 10:01 AM, wrote:
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:23:57 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
On 10/4/2017 12:46 PM,
wrote:
Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


Cinelli #5.
YMMV



https://www.ebay.com/i/262987992478?chn=ps&dispItem=1


Not for me.
This classic shape, fits same as later Turbo:
http://www.oldbici.it/product/cinell...-saddle-black/

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Old October 5th 17, 05:17 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:10:18 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
On 10/5/2017 10:01 AM, wrote:
On Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:23:57 AM UTC-7, AMuzi wrote:
On 10/4/2017 12:46 PM,
wrote:
Which saddles do you find most comfortable for long fast road rides?


Cinelli #5.
YMMV



https://www.ebay.com/i/262987992478?chn=ps&dispItem=1


Not for me.
This classic shape, fits same as later Turbo:
http://www.oldbici.it/product/cinell...-saddle-black/


Going through literally dozens of saddles the ones that appear to work the best for me presently a

Selle Bassano Vuelta (extremely LARGE variations in fit)
Prologo Scratch Pro

In order to keep from getting too sore I have to change positions around pretty much. I've heard all about the leather saddles but they weigh in at two pounds plus and my bike is already heavy enough with the saddle pack and water bottle. I don't even carry two water bottles anymore because of how difficult some of these climbs are. Despite hearing of how people are riding up 32% climbs.

http://theclimbingcyclist.com/gradie...-introduction/

I can ride up really steep stuff and there are roads in San Francisco that even young strong riders on superlights cannot climb.

When you're climbing the rubbing of your thighs against a saddle is pretty bad so the saddles I use are very narrow on the nose and unfortunately that means that they are narrow at the half-way mark as well.
 




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