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Old 04-21-17, 07:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly View Post
Not a cheap saddle guy, but I have found some deals on the Brooks pros, Selle Italias, and Selle Rolls that my posterior can stand. Best was a pair of nice Brooks Pros for $75.
Not a Brooks guy but Nashbar has this one for less than $85 right now. I guess that's a good one?

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Old 04-21-17, 07:47 AM
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My road warrior '88 Cannondale Criterium Series sports a saddle I kept from a 1999 Pacific Quasar mtb from Toys-R-Us that year. Guess what? It fits so I sits. Oh and it weighs 200gr, therabouts.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Not a Brooks guy but Nashbar has this one for less than $85 right now. I guess that's a good one?

Brooks Team Pro Eroica California Limited Edition Saddle
Wonder if it leaves an impression on your......
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Old 04-21-17, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
I'm usually pretty picky on saddles, but I've used this knock off Regal saddle on several bikes. $25 off eBay and I find it very comfortable on long rides. Anyone else find a cheap saddle they like, if so which one?


25 bucks? you got ripped off -
https://www.amazon.com/Retrospec-Bic...462126JDVSKKQC

$12 - Also comes in some pretty loud colors! I have one on one of my bikes. It has held up well and is comfy.


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Old 04-21-17, 01:28 PM
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I use sheepskin saddle covers, they make a "cheap" saddle quite comfortable.
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Old 04-22-17, 02:42 PM
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I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for", so... no.
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Old 04-22-17, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Not a Brooks guy but Nashbar has this one for less than $85 right now. I guess that's a good one?

Brooks Team Pro Eroica California Limited Edition Saddle
I was shopping for a B17 and found that one, to good of a price to resist.
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Old 04-22-17, 05:01 PM
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For flips I like the Nashbar saddles. I only buy them on sale or promo, and don't think I ever spent more than $20. They look reasonably good, are reasonably light, reasonably comfortable, and well made. Perfect for flips.

I just got this for one of my own bikes when it was on sale for $25. I am surprised at how much I like it. Not crazy about the graphics on the top, but that gets covered when in use
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Old 04-24-17, 09:00 AM
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I use the cheap ($6-7 w/ free shipping) knock-off Spyder saddles on a lot of my flip bikes for three good reasons:

1. They are not great, but they are not bad and they hold up well
2. The colors are easy to match for bar-tape
3. They are dramatic and set my builds apart from the crowd

Link:

I usually order 5 or so at a time since they take 2-3 weeks to get here from China...

Examples:





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Old 04-24-17, 09:45 AM
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I love the Cambiums, but I really dig the old Avocet saddles. I have a Racing I and several Touring II saddles. For as ubiquitous as those Avocets are, they're really good saddles. I also have a few San Marco touring saddles. Those are great, and for whatever reason, those go cheap on eBay.
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The Velo saddle "Forme Ergofit" is a favorite of mine, and is on sale @ Blue Sky Cycling for $9.98
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Old 04-25-17, 08:08 AM
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I also believe in most cases you get what you pay for, but that said, I have used an Origin 8 Corsa knockoff on one of my seldom used bikes and it is great for short rides --- the foam is too soft for anything over 15 or 20 miles, -- but it has the look - especially for a bike you don't want to put a lot of money in -

I am almost exclusively a Turbo (or turbo style) or Corsa user -- the new re-pop Turbo saddles are not very bad in price if you look around, (still around 50 bucks though) -- but I keep an eye peeled on ebay on occasion for decent used examples , as well as stuff like Vetta's and Avocets that have the same profile ---

but buying a premium older seat used for 20 bucks is not what this "cheap seats" thread is all about
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Old 04-25-17, 08:18 AM
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I'm currently using a Forte Relay from Performance. I took a chance on it because the Selle Italia that came on the new bike didn't work for me at all.

It's a 30 dollar saddle. I like it, but it's just OK. I'll be making a change again probably over the summer.
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Old 04-25-17, 12:44 PM
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I think the charge spoon is the best value for saddles. I find them a great compromise for performance and cost. Not always period specific looking, but I like them.

I too, also look for used saddles at swap meets or CL. Can find takeoffs fairly cheap.
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Old 04-25-17, 01:38 PM
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"You get what you pay for" is sort-of true here but not entirely. There is no commercial saddle that comes close to the B17 for me. (The RHM saddle doesn't fit into that category.) But I'm not going to buy a B17 for every darned bike, so some have Italian style saddles (plastic shell, foam, covering). Here, mid-low priced can do very well, and I can't distinguish some of them from the very high priced models. There seems to be no trick to figuring out which models will feel good, so there's been a lot of trial and error.

I recently put a WTB Pure V Comp saddle on the tandem for myself. Not enough time on it to say good things, but nothing bad to report yet. I recently put a Specialized Riva on my Lemond. I rode 50 miles on it on Sunday, and it was very good. But now I don't see any like it for sale, and I can't even remember where I got it.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
Not a Brooks guy but Nashbar has this one for less than $85 right now. I guess that's a good one?

Brooks Team Pro Eroica California Limited Edition Saddle
Thanks for the tip. I snagged my maroon(!) Brooks Team Pro last year there at that price. It is now starting to break in nicely (the last time I broke in an unused Brooks Pro was 45 years ago -- lots of things were easier back then ).
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Originally Posted by Pompiere View Post
I have three B17s that I bought new and I love them, but I took a chance on this one from Nashbar for under $20 on sale. I was surprised at how comfortable it is. Maybe not all day century comfort, but good for fast 20-30 mile rides. It is a little wider and flat on top, so it fits me better than most of the current racy saddles.
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I might be mistaken but that looks to me like Nashbar is using Selle Italia as a vendor. I swear that looks like a Prolink Gel Flow to me!
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Old 04-25-17, 11:16 PM
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I think cheap saddles go along with ones tolerance for a numb willie, no?
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I got my last antique Troxel for under $20 yet it wasn't cheap, it is just as nice as the one on Tempest.


Don't equate a low price with cheap.
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Under one hour I can ride about any saddle, over 3 hours and most start to hurt the set bones. One memorable 5 hour ride on a super light saddle (not cheap!) where ass_fire became a reality, I could not even sit on the saddle the last hour. After that experience it has been brooks saddles all the way for me even though they are pretty heavy and not cheap. I like how each one breaks in differently (oddly enough).

For cheap I find the base nashbars to be pretty good and used them on flipper rebuilds a few times. But man do I have a box of cheapass saddles from old projects. Some are plastic hard, some are hemorrhoid seat soft but all hurt after an hour. I could not even put some of them on the lowliest frankenbuilds!

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Saddles.

Comfort is always remembered (during and after a ride) long after the price is forgotten. I have -

Brooks B15
Brooks B17 Special
San Marco Rolls in the dark brown grained leather (the first one I bought, in 1987 - still used and still a cracking saddle)
San Marco Rolls - as above
San Marco Rolls - red* suede but faded after 20 + years
San Marco Rolls - dark* green grained leather
Cinelli OR(Off Road) - super rare black leather sprung saddle: ever seen one?

Have a few others but these are my favourites.

John.

*Rolls in these finishes are super rare - apparently.
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Old 04-26-17, 10:24 AM
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My go to saddle are selle Italian slr for road and flite for mtb. I buy the flow version with manganese rails from ribble for between 45-55cdn when there in Stock, usually twice a year. The titanium versions are triple the price and 30grams heavier.
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This cheapie ($19.45 shipped) just arrived in the mail a few minutes ago. It's sort of a Regal clone, but has a Turbo-ish nose and a cutout under the foam. The cover IS geniune leather, FWIW. Vinyl covering was what kept me away from the Soma and other clones. Ebay seller stated that he had them made that way. The bike isn't done yet (still painting frame), so I won't know how it feels for a few weeks at least.
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One way is to get those close outs on Nashbar. These Ergon saddles are well made and work well if you like a flat saddle.

Ergon SR3 Road Saddle

Ergon SR3 Pro Road Saddle

Get them when they are having a sale and they are downright cheap, a huge savings over the original retail price
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I have a couple of these. I bought one liked it, bought another.
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