Good Seat for Commuting

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  • 08-04-2011
    Doughnut Spaghetti
    Good Seat for Commuting
    I'm in the market for a good seat. The one on my bike is a racing saddle and for obvious reasons it's killing me on the commute.

    Can anyone point me to a good commuting type seat or have any recommendations?
  • 08-04-2011
    nepbug
    I went with a Brooks B17 on mine.

    Hated it at first, switched over to a WTB Rocket V for 6 months and then came back to the B17 and now love it. Been riding on it for 3 years and it is very comfortable, not light though.

    My B17 is on a mountain bike though which is a more upright position, if you've got a roadie there are other Brooks saddles that might work better.

    If you go with Brooks, definitely get some proofide and put that on, it'll make break-in so much better. I hated the saddle, took it off, then put it back on after I put some proofide on and it broke in so much faster and was much more comfortable.

    If you have to store your bike outdoors make sure you cover up a leather saddle to protect it from the weather.
  • 08-04-2011
    Doughnut Spaghetti
    My bike is a Trek 950 singletrak, so it is a mountain bike. I've heard a lot of good things about the B17. Although, I'm concerned with the fact that the bike will be in the elements or the saddle may get stolen. I guess I can probably just take it in with me (Thank you quick release seat post ;) ).
  • 08-04-2011
    nepbug
    A saddle that has a similar feel to the Brooks B17, but can withstand weather is the Avocet Touring. These are no longer in production, but kinda have a cult following and can be found on eBay.

    Commuting is also a good opportunity to try out various saddles and see what really works for you. You could always try other "racing" saddles until you find one you like and then switch all your bikes out to that. Use commuting as a test ground, though this can get expensive.
  • 08-04-2011
    jrm
    Totally different direction but
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Doughnut Spaghetti View Post
    I'm in the market for a good seat. The one on my bike is a racing saddle and for obvious reasons it's killing me on the commute.

    Can anyone point me to a good commuting type seat or have any recommendations?

    have you considered the PI shorts that you can wear under pants? They really do work well. I just pack regular boxers and change at work
  • 08-04-2011
    Doughnut Spaghetti
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    have you considered the PI shorts that you can wear under pants? They really do work well. I just pack regular boxers and change at work

    That's also a good idea and I have these.

    I want the bike be to be jump on and go comfortable though.
  • 08-04-2011
    Shalom
    Try a Specialized Henge then. Super comfortable. I have been through a lot of saddles and stumbled on this one by accident. Totally converted. Comes in different widths too.
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...addle-11-44562
  • 08-05-2011
    Dann C
    I have actually never had any problems with my b17 when it comes to the elements. It has been through some downpours and some snow storms and it's in great shape.
  • 08-05-2011
    JAGI410
    2 of my bikes have Brooks saddles (B17 imperial and a flyer). Comfortable in jeans, or bike shorts.
  • 08-05-2011
    jrm
    Ive done day long
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Doughnut Spaghetti View Post
    That's also a good idea and I have these.

    I want the bike be to be jump on and go comfortable though.

    stints wearing the PI shorts under shorts and it worked. If you want to focus on a seat ive found that im most comfortable with a seat where i sit on top of the seat instead of me sitting "in" the seat b/c.

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  • 08-05-2011
    Dogbrain
    I'm a fan of the WTB Pure V. It's a little wider than most of the racing style saddles and not too spendy. I can ride it all around town in jeans and feel fine.
  • 08-05-2011
    outlaw1776
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nepbug View Post
    I went with a Brooks B17 on mine.

    Hated it at first, switched over to a WTB Rocket V for 6 months and then came back to the B17 and now love it. Been riding on it for 3 years and it is very comfortable, not light though.

    My B17 is on a mountain bike though which is a more upright position, if you've got a roadie there are other Brooks saddles that might work better.

    If you go with Brooks, definitely get some proofide and put that on, it'll make break-in so much better. I hated the saddle, took it off, then put it back on after I put some proofide on and it broke in so much faster and was much more comfortable.

    If you have to store your bike outdoors make sure you cover up a leather saddle to protect it from the weather.

    I like my WTB Rocket, very comfortable for my commute, but its only 11 miles.

    CJ