What bike and bike bits should you buy?
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Postby dan1587 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 20:45 pm

Im after a new saddle for my bike. Is this something thats best sorted out properly and to be measured or is something that is trail and error?

Been looking at some Selle one's? Ive seen other threads about these and not sure if i'd like the cut out or not?

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Re: Saddles?

Postby racingcondor » Wed Nov 07, 2012 16:09 pm

Trial and error I'm afraid.

If you can get a tester from a bike shop and ride 50 miles on it you'll know if it suits. Not a lot else that works (proven by my saddle issues, Selle Italia SLR - the worst thing I've ever sat on. Fizik Antares - perfect and yet they're pretty similar looking saddles).

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Re: Saddles?

Postby Grill » Wed Nov 07, 2012 17:42 pm

Specialized have a fit system and 30 day exchange policy. I used it to swap my Romin Evo for a Toupe. Now all my bikes sport Toupes in a 143.
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Re: Saddles?

Postby Flâneur » Wed Nov 07, 2012 18:19 pm

Depending where you live, I heard from a friend Cheshire Oaks Cycles does a loan system of some type. May be worth asking around your LBS
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Re: Saddles?

Postby LegendLust » Wed Nov 07, 2012 18:38 pm

Trial and error. After many years all my bikes now have Prologo saddles

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Re: Saddles?

Postby Wacky Racer » Wed Nov 07, 2012 18:56 pm

Leisure Lakes at Cheltenham sorted my Mrs out, she was properly measured and has been really happy with a Specialized from there. I went down the trial and error route and struck lucky first time with a Selle Italia Flite Gelflow which has been great. The OEM Selle Italia Q-Bik was horrendous, my new one is like the proverbial armchair by comparison.

Defintely recommend going down the measure and test route, it's alot safer (cheaper) than keep buying saddles until you get the right one.
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Re: Saddles?

Postby MattC59 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 20:19 pm

Getting measured is a good start, but there's a touch of trial and error too. Once you've got a short list, have a look on eBay, you can often pick up bargains to try them before you commit to a shiny new one.

I settled with a Sella San Marco Regal-e for my recent build. It's pretty firm, but the shape is fantastic. The correct shape is more important than loads of padding.
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Re: Saddles?

Postby GGBiker » Wed Nov 07, 2012 21:30 pm

Horses for courses, my bike came with cheap selle qbik which was just ok, bit uncomfortable above 50 miles. Changed for selle SLR XP, virtually no padding and weighs 180g, extremely comfortable.

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