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mowcopmick

Saddles

Fizik Arione; the most comfortable saddle on the planet just now or what?
Very Happy
mootaineer

I've tried one but don't get on with it.
I seem to need a saddle with a hole in the middle (for relief) Razz
Otherwise cycling is painful... Shocked

I've tried quite a few but haven't quite found the perfect one yet Confused
Slapshot

I used Selle Italia!!! very comfy...

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=s1085
mowcopmick

bergaretxebe wrote:
I used Selle Italia!!! very comfy...

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=s1085


Which one? The SLR? That's the one I've not tried; but the Fizik seems way ahead of everything else as far as my backside is concerned.
Slapshot

Selle Italia Flite Trans Am Gel Flow Red ,
the very same one as in the pic.

Now that we talk bout saddles, has anyone tried a noseless one???
Lucy_Aspenwind

bergaretxebe wrote:
Selle Italia Flite Trans Am Gel Flow Red ,
the very same one as in the pic.

Now that we talk bout saddles, has anyone tried a noseless one???


Noseless saddle? Now that I'd like to see! Never tried on obviously.

I've used a variety of saddles from Specialized and others, but ended up going back to the WSD saddle my bike came with.
berck

I like it because its really flat. I don't like saddles with a high back side. It tends to push me forward too much. I have found the saddle to be comfortable for the use. I've never tried the saddles with the hole down the middle. I've been told that they are comfortable. I used to have issues in the past, but I learned to rotate my hips slightly towards the back of the bike and less pressure is excerted on the sensitive areas.
Bartali

I use an AX Lightness Phoenix - only 47 grammes and comfy enough for me to use it on the Marmotte this year.
headwind

Im not an Arione man...but fizik, yes.

I have 2 Aliante's. Absoultely magic for a saddle. Been through lots, and this took the cake.

hw
CapeRoadie

Liked the Aliante as well, for many months, but the flow through the pudendal arteries was poor. I found the Specialized Alias (comes in three sizes) to be the best. All male anatomy numbness gone, all arse pain gone, all leg and foot numbness gone. Can't say enough good about it.
caligirl147

For anyone interested in "noseless" saddles, here's a link:
http://www.moonsaddle.com/
The company's tag line is "Feel The Breeze!"
hahahahaha
Yeah, definitely some freedom in that saddle, but I would think it awkward at first.
If anyone's tried this particular brand, please dish.

For women, I recommend Terry; I've tried both the Butterfly Aloha and the Damselfly.
http://www.terrybicycles.com/product.html?c=Saddles
The thing with their women's saddles (they DO make men's saddles too) is that they're designed to support the sit bones.
And this baby definitely got "back".
bbnaz

I have been thinking about the Terry saddle for a bit, especially since my riding geometry has changed. High kudos from many women about the comfort of the ride.

As for the noseless one? That would be quite the interesting thing to try. Can't tell if it would dig into the back of your thighs though or if your bum just sits on it and the legs are fully free.
headwind

Bartali wrote:
I use an AX Lightness Phoenix - only 47 grammes and comfy enough for me to use it on the Marmotte this year.


You're a better man than I gunga din! ...that AX lightness looks smashing, but sitting on it scares the hell out of me, and the carbon splintering in a crash would mortify me Shocked

Have you seen the new carbon arione with clear gel cover? wonder how that will feel?

hw
cannonboy

Re: Saddles

mowcopmick wrote:
Fizik Arione; the most comfortable saddle on the planet just now or what?
Very Happy


Yeah, I love the Arione saddle on my bike. Although I was concerned about the effect of the wet on the leather/suede. However it still seems in good nick.

Does anyone know if the rain would damage the saddle through time?
bbnaz

Not familiar with rain as I live in the desert, but common sense tells me that rain and leather are not mutually compatible over time..........
Bartali

I'd go for carbon. My Ax is very light and suprisingly comfortable. Trouble is it cost an 'arm and a leg'!
cannonboy

Does anyone know of a treatment to use on the likes of an Arione that will protect it from the wet?
headwind

cannonboy wrote:
Does anyone know of a treatment to use on the likes of an Arione that will protect it from the wet?


fizik saddles are generally covered with microtex not leather. Mine have seen a lot of water and never had a problem. clean a ddry witha paper towel after a wet ride and all is well.

hw
headwind

Bartali wrote:
I'd go for carbon. My Ax is very light and suprisingly comfortable. Trouble is it cost an 'arm and a leg'!


true enough Bartali...and its gorgeous

have you ever been in a wreck with it?

hw
tiggertoo

Has anybody tried an ISM saddle, specifically intended for triathletes because it has no nose?
mowcopmick

My Arione is leather covered (it said on the packaging and it looks like suede in the middle, leather outside) and I wouldn't worry about it getting wet. As long as it dries naturally it won't crack, shrink or rot will it?
headwind

mowcopmick wrote:
My Arione is leather covered (it said on the packaging and it looks like suede in the middle, leather outside) and I wouldn't worry about it getting wet. As long as it dries naturally it won't crack, shrink or rot will it?


I doubt it mowcopmick...I wouldnt worry bout it at all. I just dry mine off with a paper towel after a wet ride...and clean the undeath well too.

My Aliante saddles are covered with microtex, which is simply not thick enough, so it scuffs easy...I love fizik saddles, but they could use a kevlar cloth round the edges and slightly higher plastic guards. I have an old flight saddle, thats gone through the mill, and its still perfect.

hw
sabcarrera

berck wrote:
I like it because its really flat. I don't like saddles with a high back side. It tends to push me forward too much. I have found the saddle to be comfortable for the use. I've never tried the saddles with the hole down the middle. I've been told that they are comfortable. I used to have issues in the past, but I learned to rotate my hips slightly towards the back of the bike and less pressure is excerted on the sensitive areas.


I use a Concor lite, San Marco (as used by Armstrong). The pelvic bones have to rest on the raised part of the saddle and stay there. In a way it's like a noseless saddle but the nose helps to stay centred. I tend to slide forward if I'm using too high a gear and so slip onto the nose to put more weight on the pedal.
Bartali

headwind wrote:
Bartali wrote:
I'd go for carbon. My Ax is very light and suprisingly comfortable. Trouble is it cost an 'arm and a leg'!


true enough Bartali...and its gorgeous

have you ever been in a wreck with it?

hw

Not yet - touch wood!
headwind

rubber side down bartali!
last km

I still have one of these, its like sitting in your favourite armchair

http://www.bikepro.com/products/saddles/italia.html
sheeponabike

last km wrote:
I still have one of these, its like sitting in your favourite armchair

http://www.bikepro.com/products/saddles/italia.html

think I might have to try one of those - I'm in alot of discomfort on a ride longer than 3 hours.
Trouble with choosing a saddle that suits your own particular bum is that they're an expensive item and you can't know you've made a bad choice till it's too late.
last km

You might struggle to get a new one, not sure if they are still in production ?

If they are good enough for Hinault, Indurain and me, you really need to track one down ?  Wink  

e-bay perhaps ?
berck

Worn out the leather on my Arione on the nose. I replaced it with a newer Arione Braided Carbon version. Its 50g lighter and feels the same.
thunderthighs

i love my turbo saddle..still on my colnago.. ciao
Bro Deal

I gotta give props to the old school saddles.  

I use a Selle San Marco Regal.  I have not been able to find a newer, lighter saddle that is as comfortable for 5+ hours.  

I think a lot of the newer saddles are designed primarily for weight and looks without any thought of comfort.
last km

last km wrote:
You might struggle to get a new one, not sure if they are still in production ?

If they are good enough for Hinault, Indurain,TT and me, you really need to track one down ?  Wink  



TT added to list of endorsees  Wink
sheeponabike

ok, so I need to track one down second hand.
I inherited me dad's old Brooks Proffesional and even wondered about trying that, but it weighs a bloody ton.
maffy

there were new old stock turbos out there on ebay when i last looked a couple of months back...

don't buy white ones, unless you just want to be trendy. they don't wear as well as a gentleman's saddle should. although they still work.

sheep, i'd try the brooks pro first if i were you. i'd never ridden a proper leather saddle until this year, and the knackered turbo's only back on the orange bike because i couldn't get the leather one far enough back on the orange bike's seatpin. hang the weight. riding's supposed to be fun Wink
thunderthighs

maffy wrote:
there were new old stock turbos out there on ebay when i last looked a couple of months back...

don't buy white ones, unless you just want to be trendy. they don't wear as well as a gentleman's saddle should. although they still work.

sheep, i'd try the brooks pro first if i were you. i'd never ridden a proper leather saddle until this year, and the knackered turbo's only back on the orange bike because i couldn't get the leather one far enough back on the orange bike's seatpin. hang the weight. riding's supposed to be fun Wink


nice bikes...yes that saddle is fine....



my guess is that its not saddle,its riding position....ciao
sheeponabike

I could allways try a hand made jobby like this

Bartali

For those of you interested in 'old school' saddles, I have a white (perforated leather) Cinelli which is very similar to the old Concor; and a grey (yes grey) Concor light.  Both very good condition.  First to PM me can have them.  

the only reason I have them is that it took me a long time to source a white Concor Supercorsa which is what I really wanted.
berck

sheeponabike wrote:
I could allways try a hand made jobby like this



That hurts just to look at it Wink
sheeponabike

here's my new easy chair (thanks to Bartali)
not tried it out yet though


last km

Whats the road report then sheep, any improvement in the nether regions ???
sheeponabike

Only been out with it twice since I fitted it. Too early to tell, but it feels great so far.
Bartali

Thats good to hear!  The latter that is ... not the former.  Tis a bit cold though here in Blighty.  I have friends out in Limousin who have had tons of snow so I expect it is similar where you are?
last km

Tis indeed Bart, I took the ice cubes out of the freezer last night to make some room, put them outside, they are still frozen as I type..........
Bartali

Its a good thing for me.  My fridge/freezer conked out yesterday ... so its a race to eat the contents before it all thaws/rots! Oh well ...

Doing what little riding I'm doing on the turbo at the mo.  I can't face the cold weather at the moment - no fun at all!!
last km

Bet you glad you got that 11 speed group set, better than a boring freezer  Wink
Bartali

Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

How very true!  Mrs B isn't too happy about living with a kitchen with a broken cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer though!  Embarassed Oh well ... trying to lose a few pounds anyway!!
last km

a broken cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer

luxury.......... we used to dream of havin a a broken cooker, washing machine and fridge freezer
Bartali

Laughing  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
sabcarrera

sheeponabike wrote:
here's my new easy chair (thanks to Bartali)
not tried it out yet though




Hey that's my saddle.

When I'm riding I find it important not to slide forward but keep my pelvic bones on the back of the saddle
MAILLOT JAUNE

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