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I am a 16mi/day commuter and have been for the last two years. When I bought my bike the first thing I replaced was the warn stock saddle with one of those "couch on a stick" models. Say what you will, I put over 3300 miles on that saddle before the rails broke.

I now need a new saddle. The LBS whats to sell me a $70 leather one that is frankly out of my price range. (I bought the whole bike for $50). What is a good second saddle that will hold up to an admittedly rough commute, be comfortable and not break the bank?


The bike is a Alta Mongoose frame with 1.5" road tires. During the summer I ride in padded bike shorts, winters are often in rain gear. Once a month or so I need to ride in slacks and dress shoes when I have a meeting downtown. I also take it out for an occasional weekend ride.

An older picture, I have since added fenders, new tires, and a better rack: An older picture, I have since added fenders, new tires, and a better rack

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Could you provide us with more information about your bike and how its set up? It's difficult to recommend a class of saddle without knowing more about the bike, the posture of the rider, whether you ride in street clothes or padded shorts, etc. – Neil Fein Sep 27 '12 at 17:47
Check your local department stores such as Target. They generally have a few seats at moderate prices -- not the best quality but serviceable, and you get to see what you're buying before you buy it. Otherwise, in the Sac area, there's bound to be a "low budget" bike shop that sells cheaper stuff. – Daniel R Hicks Sep 28 '12 at 16:05
Velo Plush is a brand I like a lot. – heltonbiker Sep 28 '12 at 18:41

I have this for Mountain Bike and Brooks B17 on the others. It you cannot spring for the Brooks then I think the Spoon is pretty good

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Second the recommendation, but I have no idea how widely distributed they are (or where the OP is for that matter ... I'm just guessing $ means USD) – Useless Sep 30 '12 at 22:07
They are available here!dohyKxy1GL07dTQj7OhNmA!/… and on sale – Phelan Oct 2 '12 at 8:50

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