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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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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Is a leather saddle appropriate for all-weather riding?

In our climate, it rains pretty steadily for 3 seasons. Would a leather saddle (like a Brooks) be appropriate for my bike, or should I look for a different material?
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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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How can bum / testicle / inner thigh pain from a saddle be prevented?

I occasionally commute a 50miles round trip and by the end of it, things are usually not feeling very good down below. I've tried a couple of different saddles, but they both gave me problems. One ...
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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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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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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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Is a sprung saddle the answer to the saddle problems on my commuter bike?

The current saddle on my bike is getting past it use-by date, so I will shopping around for a new one. I use my bike for commuting to work, about 40-45 mins, 50% on seal roads and the rest on forest ...
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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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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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Why do I do the “saddle shuffle” when riding?

I was browsing some time trial videos on YouTube and came across a video on saddle shuffling, and I've been noticing that I do the same saddle shuffle a lot when riding hard. Did not really know it ...
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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 ...
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Replace stock cannondale bad boy jekyll saddle

I am looking to replace the stock saddle of an old cannondale bad boy jekyll with something more comfortable. The local store tells me that since cannondale does not produce their own saddles, I ...
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What is the best treatment (not prevention) of saddle sores

What is the best way to treat saddle sores? Loose clothes, Gold Bond medicated powder, or Moisturizer? What seems to help reduce the painful symptoms of saddles sores once you already have them? ...
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Is it possible to fit this Tioga Mc Groove saddle on my bicycle?

See images here. The bar the new Tioga saddle is mounted on is a bit thicker than the one the original (terrible) saddle is mounted on and won't fit as is. I can take the old saddle off its bar ...
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Can a hybrid bike seat be used on a road bike?

I'm new to road bike riding. At my local bike shop they fitted me for a Bontrager Nebula Plus to replace the stock seat that came with the bike. The Bontrager website says this seat is designed for ...
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How to make a cutout in a Fizik Arione? [closed]

My goal -- I would like to make a cutout in Fizik Arione. My question is addressed to people who tried to make a cutout by themselves. My very simple question is -- how to do a cutout in Arione by ...
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Best rest length for “getting your seat”

I am just getting back on my bike after a couple years and have quickly been made to remember that it takes time to get your butt used to the saddle. I've read articles about "getting your seat" and ...
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How do I remove rust from my seat tube?

I just pulled my seat out as the first step of breaking my bike down for winter storage, and found that rust has formed between my seat tube and my seat post. The rust starts maybe 3" down the tube ...
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Seatpost won't let me set my saddle “level”

I recently changed my saddle and I've found I'm unable to get my new saddle level (as measured with spirit level). The problem is the seatpost clamp - it has teeth on both the concave top of the ...
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The width of Profile Design Tri Stryke saddle (with cutout)?

I am interested in Profile Design Tri Stryke Saddle (with cutout), however there is no specs on the website, nor the manufacter answers my e-mail. So maybe somebody has this saddle and would be so ...
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Guidelines for buying a new seat

So far my only approach to buying a seat is "That looks like a good one, I'll buy it and hope it works for me." That isn't very cost effective... I don't think the bike store will let me return it ...
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Getting a cycling saddle that fits

I'm thinking of getting a new seat on my exercise bike How can I ensure that the seat will fit? Are there different types of fitting? How many types? My one the bike seat involves 2 hexagonal bolts ...
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What should I consider when buying a saddle?

My current saddle is starting to show its age and isn't as comfortable as I'd like on longer rides. I am considering buying a new one. Obviously saddles differ in price and weight, but what other ...
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Adjusting saddle angle on a road bike (drop bars)

I'll preface this by saying that I've been a mountain biker for over a decade, including XC racing for a couple years. I've never had a hard time adjusting the saddle angle (tilt forward or back) on ...
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How to adjust seat saddle and saddle position for knee pain?

I understand that a seat too high can cause: hips rocking trying to extend to pedals pain in the back of the knee And that a seat too low can cause: can't fully extend legs pain in front of the ...
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Does anyone still use the old Brooks-style saddles?

About 30+ years ago I bought my first road bike. It had an old (used) Brooks leather saddle on it, whose design probably dated back to 1900 AD. To anyone who hasn't seen these, they look like a ...
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Why is it important to have good saddles?

Why is it important to have good saddles? Other than the comfort in long rides.
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How to choose a bicycle seat

I'll need a new saddle for my bike soon. I use it mainly for short commutes (30 minutes). About once a year I go touring for a few days, up 8 hours in the saddle. My current saddle just came with the ...
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How do I maintain a Brooks leather saddle?

I've got a Brooks leather saddle and i like it a lot, but i am entirely clueless on how to care for it. I know i am supposed to rub some sort of fat on it, but i have no idea what kind of fat, or how ...
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At what height should I have my seat on a road bike?

I am currently riding a loaner from my brother in-law, and I have set the seat height based upon feel. I was wondering though as to how I can set it to the right height for me to ride more ...