Searching for a more durable saddle

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  1. H46Driver

    H46Driver New Member

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    I've recently shifted back to a focus on cycling from multi-sport and the increased riding time has exacerbated a problem that I have had with saddle wear. I am currently on my 3rd SLR gel flow in less than a year. My problem is that I have large thighs that rub on the saddle nose as I pedal. Over time, friction on the saddle (primarily right side, but wear marks visible on both sides) has worn away its cover just behind the nose.

    I need a saddle that has some combination of a more durable cover and possibly a narrower nose. Other saddles that I have ridden in the recent past include the SLR (no cutout - similar wear problem) and the Arione Road, which I found extrememly uncomfortable.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Peter@vecchios

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    Brooks Swift Leather Bicycle Saddles ("Seats") from Harris Cyclery
     
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    No one seems to like this idea, but I can't part with my favourite (old, and no longer available) saddles, so I re-cover them. It's easier than than you'd think
     
  5. Peter@vecchios

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    As an example of the saddle since the Brooks website is poor. Not an endorsement to buy there altho that's not a bad thing.
     
  6. H46Driver

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. Wonder how one of those vintage saddles would look on my Cervelo R3SL...
     
  7. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    A furniture upholstery shop can recover saddles, change the padding in saddles, and etc. for a song or two. HRC--Honda Racing Corp.--makes a great dense foam padding that is mucho excellent.
     
  8. Dietmar

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    Admittedly, kinda strange. But if it's between riding in comfort and knackering yourself ....
     
  11. steve

    steve Administrator
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    Do you own one of these? it almost looks painful :eek:
     
  12. Peter@vecchios

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    SMP has a vigorous test ride program, with test saddles. Of the ones we have had tested(many) only 2 gents didn't buy one. Kinda goofy looking but sometimes the 'answer' when all other things, including bike fit, fail. Certainly a better idea than a 'bent of some other silly-ness.
     
  13. two wheels

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    I'm with steve....that SMP looks BRUTAL!!!:eek:
     
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