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Approximately How much have you invested in butt comfort?

Old 03-04-21, 07:33 AM
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The saddle I currently use (and love) is the Selle Italia SLR Flow. It's a great saddle with a just enough of a "pocket" that I can settle in for hours at a time but flat enough that it is super easy to shift around when I'm climbing or descending. I got a good deal on this saddle about $150 or so with the titanium rails.

Shorts I'm wearing PI Pro Bibs. Tights I wear a couple different Castelli Bibs when the temp drops. All over $200 but both the shorts and the tights are amazingly comfortable with great chamois.
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Old 03-04-21, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
Have you considered one of the Infinity Bike Seat options? eg.

Is something silicone-based OK for that? Or should one stick with KY?
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Old 03-04-21, 09:16 PM
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Counting saddles and shorts/bibs, maybe $300.

My favorite saddle was free, a giveaway from the LBS junk bin. Old very worn Selle San Marco racing saddle, split tail, flexible shell with thinly padded cover. Wish I could find an identical newer version, but this model dates back to the early 2000s. So comfy I don't really need padded shorts for most rides. Yet it's a conventional looking narrow road bike saddle, not a "comfort" saddle.

My other half dozen saddles cost $20 each or less, so not much expense there. I scrounge LBS junk bins and online blowout sales for saddles. Two of those half dozen saddles are good enough to ride routinely on the right bikes. One or two are miserable and eventually I'll give 'em away.

I've probably spent more on padded shorts and bibs, but I've paid only $15-$25 for shorts and $30-$50 for bibs, mostly Black Bibs, Przewalski and Spotti, which are much better quality than those silly names would imply. Well, Przewalski is a respectable name, but Spotti sounds like the cat walked on the marketing guy's keyboard to choose a name, then left a spot on the carpet.
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Old 03-04-21, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Counting saddles and shorts/bibs, maybe $300.

My favorite saddle was free, a giveaway from the LBS junk bin. Old very worn Selle San Marco racing saddle, split tail, flexible shell with thinly padded cover. Wish I could find an identical newer version, but this model dates back to the early 2000s. So comfy I don't really need padded shorts for most rides. Yet it's a conventional looking narrow road bike saddle, not a "comfort" saddle.

My other half dozen saddles cost $20 each or less, so not much expense there. I scrounge LBS junk bins and online blowout sales for saddles. Two of those half dozen saddles are good enough to ride routinely on the right bikes. One or two are miserable and eventually I'll give 'em away.

I've probably spent more on padded shorts and bibs, but I've paid only $15-$25 for shorts and $30-$50 for bibs, mostly Black Bibs, Przewalski and Spotti, which are much better quality than those silly names would imply. Well, Przewalski is a respectable name, but Spotti sounds like the cat walked on the marketing guy's keyboard to choose a name, then left a spot on the carpet.
Could have a set of bibs called "The Kizzer" or "KhuminUghp de Rurr" . lol
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Old 03-04-21, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Starting in 2005 I ended up investing $2700 ($4500 in todays prices) on a LWB bent and a trike. Money well spent.
I've owned a recumbent since the late 90's. When saddle sores or hurting butt or lack of blood flow to the underlying unit from riding my beloved diamond framed bicycles crop up, the recumbent always rescues me. $1300 dollars for my first new recumbent in the late 90's. These days I'm riding Spiderflex noseless saddles on all my diamond frame bikes. Over my 60 years of riding I loved my Brooks B17 and B67's but they don't like me any more. I've yet to change a recumbent saddle. None of them have ever hurt me.
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Old 03-04-21, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 50PlusCycling View Post
The best investment (and to many people, the most expensive) is time in the saddle. More than half of the comfort issue is your backside, not the saddle or shorts. If you spend enough time in the saddle, you get accustomed and remain accustomed to it. I like to play the guitar, and acoustic guitars are not easy on the fingers. You can use lighter strings and such, but the only way to play without pain or discomfort is to play as much as possible. If I take a couple/few weeks off from playing the guitar, it becomes painful again to play for more than half an hour or so.
I've had 3 recumbents over the years and presently own a Ryan Vanguard. None of my recumbent seats hurt me during rides. I'm using Spiderflex noseless saddles for my diamond frame bikes. This saddle has not hurt me from day one of my first purchase over a year ago. My usual ride is between 10 and 35 miles with 10's and 20's being the most common.
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Just spent 150.00 on a new saddle for my road bike. My previous broke and I'd been using a spare oem saddle on it that's worked ok but it is heavier and wider with more padding then my carbon road bike needs. So one new Fizik saddle and the one of the road bike will head to the gravel bike that I'm nearly finished building. I know the seat will be comfortable there. Spent 100 on clearance for my cross bike's Selle Italia X-MR which is very comfortable and I'd buy another of. The MTB was comfortable as is and is still factory since I've gone 3 hours on it without issues. Basically its both form and function, for the fancy bikes I have to have comfortable saddles that are light and look cool and I'll pay for that mix. For the bikes that I don't value as much it just has to be comfortable.
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Old 03-05-21, 07:18 AM
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After reading a recommendation on r e d d i t and a few glowing reviews elsewhere, I just spent 840 (about US$120) on a Brooks C15 Cambium. It arrived today and I immediately installed it. Went for a 40 km ride this evening to test it out and I can honestly say it was worth every penny - it's supremely comfortable right out of the box, and unlike other Brooks saddles it's completely weatherproof as well because it's made of vulcanized river rather than leather.
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Old 03-05-21, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
We, riders, tend to look at the major expenses when it comes to this toy hobby, but how about the cost to meeting your comfort per bicycle? ... more specifically, the rump stop, saddle paddle, squeaky cheeky, natural gas plug, face seat or the oddily referred name "Saddle"

Typically the cost starts high then drops a fair amount if it is able to be repurposed to another bicycle and/or the uncomfortable saddle is still able to be returned under the retailers established policy.

Probably have $600USd into seats, a good 50% of it was able to be recouped from being able to return some, & then the remaining seats either are being used, were sold, gone when traded with another bicycle, or found a new owner from being stolen.

With that, I likely have about $150USd in assets left (two seats) & don't kick myself in the butt at all for the hassles it took to find the right saddles.


How about you?
Not very much here. I landed on the WTB Rocket as my comfortable saddle. I have a bunch of the $25 ones and one of the titanium railed ones I got for $80.
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