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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:00 pm 
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The personal choice thing is really the root of the problem, how do I know which saddle to choose?

As IWasGood said, it could turn into an expensive business.

I may try a spare Spoon and maybe pick up a San Marco Rolls or a Turbo from the bay.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:17 pm 
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just keep cycling them through eBay, buy, try and sell. Until you get one you like.

Loosing a few quid on each one is no great hardship if it means sitting on your bike (or in the pub afterwards) isn't agony.........

Think a guy on one forum i use got through about 20 saddles doing this.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:23 pm 
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I think I have been lucky as I hit upon saddles I like first time.

I currently use a SDG Belair on my main MTB, a unknown cheap saddle on my Retro MTB (must change this for something period), a Sella Italia C2 on my wet weather bike, a Sella Italia SLR XP on my trek dry weather bike, something cheap on the tourer and a sella Italia trbo on the Alan.

All of these saddles are different and I can ride all of them all day. So I can ride on almost anything. Maybe that why I find saddles I like first time.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:29 pm 
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FINNEY1973 wrote:
My other bikes all have 1980's / 90's Selle Italia Flite's - they're on steel frames and are really comfy.


Saddles with springy Ti rails seem to have a lot going for them in the comfort stakes - I've owned a San Marco SKN or two and they are very good despite being quite a "minimal" saddle. I use one (with Union Flag design which usually nets a few compliments at races) on the 'cross bike at present, whilst the tourer has a cheapish San Marco Race Gel black saddle which serves me well on 100-mile rides. My road bike has a Selle Italia C2, not had it all that long but in general the signs are positive.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:41 pm 
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My Brooks Professional is still my most comfortable saddle, it travels with me from bike to bike , regardless of period...for pics I sometimes change it over, same applies to my GRAND SPORT pedals....


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:03 pm 
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San Marco Rolls Titanio is all I use, on road or MTB. It's the one single component where weight weenie is a big No No and what other people consider it to be hefty, ancient or it doesn't look right I don't care one bit. When set-up properly (right height, slightly dipped so the nose is a touch lower than the slightly raised back), broken in after only a few rides and wearing decent padded shorts there's comfort from the first minute all the way to +8 hrs later. I tried a Flite Ti which is very popular but for me I thought is was the equivalent of sitting spread eagled across a breeze block; a 3 hr ride took me off the bike altogether for 5 days. As said, it's personal but when you do find the one that works for you, stock up!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:21 pm 
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Charge Spoon on all my bikes, road and mtb. For £:comfort ratio its superb.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:31 pm 
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I just kept recycling different saddles from e-bay. When you find one that fits your arse you'll know. My favorite ended up being a San Marco Aspide.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:41 pm 
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bigpantswheels wrote:
I just kept recycling different saddles from e-bay. When you find one that fits your arse you'll know. My favorite ended up being a San Marco Aspide.


This could end up being a very long search, as there are hundreds of the things on ebay.

I'm going to try a couple of the suggestions offered and see how I get on.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I'm even bothering, as the San Marco is not uncomfortable... it's just not the same as my Charge Spoons :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:37 am 
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Choose a saddle...

It has to have Brooks on it.

Period.


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