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The saddle part of a bike is designed to support most but not all of the rider's weight. The saddle's nose also assists in balancing and steering.

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Should a saddle hurt?

We recently brought a road bike for my sister in law and we took her out on a quick test ride (only about 1km and SLOW). The next day she complained (a bit, mostly my brother being over protective ...
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Saddles and Bent Metal Rails

Has anyone else had issues with bent (slow deformation over time) metal rails on the saddles they have used? I previously had three or four saddles that all ended up tilted over to one side and ...
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What are the strengths, weaknesses and/or recommendations for a BLB Mosquito Saddle?

I ask this here because I couldn't find too much information or reviews about BLB Mosquito saddles. If administrators find this question doesn't fit into this place, please feel free to remove/edit ...
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Specialized Phenom seat for TT

So I have raced TT's locally for a couple of years and have decided to (finally) get aerobars and am tuning the bike to fit, however, my seat at it's max tilt downwards is probably 1 degree up (see ...
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Quick-release seat slipping down [duplicate]

My bike's quick release seat has been slipping down recently. I noticed when my (pro) biker friend remarked how low down the seat on my bike was, and helpfully readjusted it for me. Biking became ...
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Does the Brooks Cambium C17 Saddle rub off?

I use a brooks B17 leather saddle now for nearly 12 months. It's quite comfortable, has a great design and looks very neat on my bike. I use my bike for my commute every day. There is something that ...
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The Value of a Chair on a Touring Trip

I'm going on my first big touring trip (2 weeks – that's big for me). I've found some nice light-weight camping chairs and I'm wondering if it's worth investing in one. Two basic options seem to ...
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how long does it take to break in a brooks saddle (b17)

I'm going on a 2 week touring trip and looking to buy a comfortable saddle that will be make my rides pleasant and efficient. I have about a month to break in the saddle. How long should I spend ...
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Bicycle Seating Posture Ergonomics

Road bikes have a forward bent seating posture, mountain bikes have a straight seating posture. I was wondering which of the above seating postures (of road bikes or mountain bike) is better for ...
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Which way does the seat clamp go on the post?

I have one of the older style seat clamps, the one with the bolt all the way through it with two male ends that tighten on either side. I'm not sure if the bolt side goes to the front of the post or ...
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How to minimize wear on pants

I commute on bike and I wear jeans (which I work in). I find that after about 500 miles of bike commuting in a single pair of jeans I've got holes in my pants from the saddle-jean rubbing. My ...
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Where should my sit bones rest on a leather hammock/sling saddle?

Where is the ideal / designed location for my sit bones to push on a leather sling/hammock style saddle? (Relative positioning, that works for any saddle width) While I'm riding on my leather ...
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smaller wheels on big bike to reduce height

I have a SEKAI sprint 1000 bike which is a tiny bit big for me as I have problems reaching with my feet to the ground. The existing seat is already down to the lowest level so can't reduce the height ...
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Safe saddles for men's health

As a continuation to Why is it important to have good saddles? I would like to know: Are there non-expensive saddles that are safe for men's health that you can advise. A slightly different question, ...
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Saddle for long rail trails, streets and dirt paths

I recently purchased a 2014 HardRock Sport Disc. I ride on a variety of road surfaces, including pavement, gravel and dirt. I don't currently have plans to race, do long touring rides, or rough ...
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ergonomically sound seat types or features?

Are there seat types or seat features that are ergonomically better for certain kinds of ailments such as lower back pain, knee pain, etc.? For example, perhaps cushioned seats might be better for ...
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The right saddle for touring

In a month time I will be doing a two week tour in southern France. I was wondering which is the best kind of saddle for touring? I have a Specialized Tricross that came with a modern narrow and not ...
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Double vs. single saddle rails?

Looking into buying myself a Brooks saddle, and have found two models that primarily differ in having what the descriptions call "single" or "double" rails. What in the world is the difference, and ...
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Quick release saddle bolts?

I need to find a way to easily remove the saddle on my folding bike. Solutions from Zefal (Lock & Roll) or Pitlock/PinheadComponents/AntiVandale aren't usable because they're meant for regular ...
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Saddle or frame shape for painful Coccyx?

As a child I was very active, and in a weight-lifting injury I damaged my Coccyx, making it very difficult to sit in the same position for long periods of time. As such, bicycling, what once was a ...
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Getting the right cockpit position. Sliding forward. What should I adjust to keep my sit bones on the seat?

I am experienced rider and I'm looking for some advice on how to adjust my cockpit position. I am a daily commuter, and do regular 40-50k rides on the weekends, and with the warmer weather will work ...
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How much of the saddle rail is suiteable to use

Is it possible to safely set the seat to the max to get the saddle as far forward as it will go. Or should it only be clamped within the marked range 0 to 3.5? I have marked the points in red. The ...
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Folding Bike Seat Post Replacement

I have a folding bike (basically this Origin8 model) and the seat/seat post got stolen. I haven't replaced a seat post before, but this is the only replacement post I could find, and I'm not sure ...
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longer seatpost for a folding bike

I bought a Hopper 20" Folding Electric bike. This is basically a white-branded Viking E-Go bike when sold via Tesco UK. But I am quite tall so I need a longer seatpost for it to be comfortable to ...
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Uncomfortable road saddle, how to choose a saddle for my riding?

I have a selle royale laser saddle. Its pretty uncomfortable but not bad for pedalling. I would like to change my city road bike saddle. Does anyone have recommendations, and rules of thumb for ...
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Ladies Western Flyer [closed]

I have a great vintage Western Flyer, Ladies bike, that I am trying to find a few parts for. I need to replace the rear Altenburger Synchron brake and I want to replace the seat and pedals back to ...
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Saddle height vs absorbing drop impacts

Let's assume the following saddle heights: ultra low (bmx, DJ) low (slopestyle) medium high ultra high (XC) In videos on the internet we sometimes see pro DH riders riding with a medium to high ...
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keyed (locking) skewers and seat bolts: recommendations? [duplicate]

I know nothing is thief proof, but some systems are more of a deterrent than others. Looking for recommendations for good systems. Perhaps more importantly I'd like to hear about systems found to be ...
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Saddle Rail Failure?

I've been running a non-brand name full carbon saddle for less than a year. It lasted through a couple of crashes and 'cross season. But when my usual ride stopped for coffee, I found out both rails ...
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How to lace up a mishapen brooks?

I have a brooks saddle that has bedded in, slightly out of alignment so that one side is lower than the other. I have heard that it is possible to 'lace up' the saddle in order to retain its shape? ...
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I can't sit on my sit bones

I'm 195cm and 80kg. For as long as I can remember, I haven't been able to sit on my sit bones comfortably. In hard wooden chairs I slouch or lean far forwards. Plastic seats, such as on a metro, are ...
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Clipless pedals, saddle height and proper starting (and stopping)

I commute ~20 km a day and decided to give clipless pedals a try. I installed my cleats following a guide on the web: under the ball of the foot, very slightly behind to relieve the toes, especially ...
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Does anyone make a split seat clamp?

I built an 'Urban Mountain Bike' and I sometimes like to take it off drops. Accordingly, I cut the 'nub' that sticks up above the top tube so that the seat can be removed without a scary open pipe ...
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Why are BMX saddles so low?

I've seen a lot of teenagers riding BMX bikes recently. It seems that most if not all of the guys I've seen riding their BMX bikes around the streets, car parks, local parks, etc have a frame that's ...
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Why are some leather saddles laced at the bottom and should I do this to mine?

Some Leather saddles, such at the brooks b17 imperial have holes at the bottom for lacing. What does lacing a leather saddle do and should I (or when should I) do this to my own leather saddle? ...
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What to get for my second saddle?

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 ...
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Saddle for beginner rider!

I havent ridden a bike since I was a kid. And now I just purchased a second hand one to go to and from work and I found the seat like sitting on a block of wood. It was horrible! What is the best seat ...
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Does stripe in Selle Italia saddles form a channel?

NOTE -- I am NOT asking about saddles with hole (cutout). Some saddles from Selle Italia have very distinctive stripe, take for example Selle Italia SL: The question is -- does such stripe form ...
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What are the main differences between road saddles and mountain saddles?

There are thousands of saddles out there. Some are designated as road saddles while others are mountain saddles. However, the marketing copy does not seem to describe the difference between the two ...
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Does Selle Italia Flite Genuine Gel have rigid shell?

I am asking for version without a cutout. The question is about the shell (not the padding) -- when you press with your hand in the middle of the saddle (from top to down, like you would sit on it) -- ...
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What are the differences between Specialized Targa and Henge?

Namely I am interested in such data: length the width of the nose I couldn't find a picture of Targa from the side -- is Targa (looking from side) a flat saddle? (Henge is not) is the shell flexible ...
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What is the purpose of the channel in my seat?

What is the purpose of the channel in my seat? Is it just for comfort or does it have some medical benefits?
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Padded saddle VS padded shorts

Why do cyclists use padded shorts instead of padded saddle? It seems like putting padding on the saddle would be more optimal. Doubly so for triathlon.
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of Rido saddles?

I've started riding more often now (big plus), and as a result am getting, ahem, saddle issues with my classic San Marco Rolls saddle. I'm an average build, 5' 8-9". The saddle issues are mainly ...
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Is it possible to measure your sit bones at home?

Some bike shops have gel pads that you sit on to measure the distance between your sit bones. Is it possible to take this measurement on your own at home, or does this really require special-purpose ...
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How do I properly apply chamois cream?

There is a lot of advice out there to use chamois cream on long rides to prevent sores and chafing. How are you supposed to apply it? In particular I'm curious about the following: Do you apply ...
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What can women do to get comfortable in the saddle?

I am fairly new to cycling and have a road bike which I am really enjoying but I cannot get comfortable in the saddle. Not so much bum bones, but lady bits! Any suggestions?
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What type of saddle doesn't hurt the pelvic bone?

I have been having issues with my pelvic bone when riding my bike. I have a very good bike, and the saddle is wide, but after riding 10 minutes my pelvic bone kills me to the point that I have to stop ...
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Why doesn't “butt soreness” affect serious cyclists?

Over time, my seat (butt) has been broken in by my saddle. I don't have a callus, and nothing obvious has changed. Physiologically, why doesn't riding cause seat soreness anymore? On the flip-side, ...
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San Marco Concor — is there a “pocket” in non-cutout version?

I've read that San Marco Regale instead of having cutout implemented a relief zone (see: Regale review). So visually it is like non-cutout saddle, however something-which-works-like-a-cutout is ...