roulez-libre at animail.net
Tue Jul 5 12:02:36 CDT 2005
Saddles are definately a matter of personal
taste. I like to say that recommending a good
saddle is like recommending a good beer or wine.
It's absolutely imperative to try one, IMHO. The
first saddle I really fell in love with was a
Terry Fly Ti. The only thing I grew to hate
about it was how the scuplted leather soaked up
water. The synthetic cover on the CroMo version
might make up for that problem, but I never tried it.
I ended up with a Selle San Marco Era Arrowhead.
It's reasonably light, rather svelte, has a
little cut out, synethetic leather cover, ti
rails, and little elastomers at the end of the
rails to give a little extra cushion. I've now
got these on every bike I own-- fixed gear Pocket
Rocket Pro commuter, Pocket Llama touring bike,
the front end of our Tandem Traveller XL Sport, etc.
But I can't guarantee my anatomy will work for
you. I can say that there is a rare few person
that isn't happy with at least one of the saddles
that Terry makes. Even my wife, who prefers the
big, heavy, wide, spring loaded couches common to
old Schwinns, rides a Terry Cite on the back of
our tandem. If you're really after ultimate
comfort, the Sefas RX series has been quite
popular as of late, too.
If you're the more sporty type, it's unlikely you
won't be happy with a Selle Italia Flite or a
Selle San Marco Turbo or Concor Light-- these are
classic saddles that never go out of style.
Between the Fly and the Arrowhead I spent some
time on all of these and was really happy with
each of them-- but still wanted a cut out. So
there ya go.
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