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  • 10-05-2023 10:48pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4,501 ✭✭✭

    How do people choose a new saddle?

    I've spotted a saddle for sale online but not sure if it's for me comfort-wise.

    Mainly for club racing and club spins

    Currently have a fizik antares and it's just getting a bit worn and I might change saddle and bar tape at same time


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 20,389 Mod ✭✭✭✭Weepsie

    I just bought and tried loads over the years. The wider selle italia SLR with cutout are my go to now, or a charge spoon.

    I've 5 bikes with 5 different saddles. 2 are basically the same though, and 2 I'm looking to change.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,501 ✭✭✭beggars_bush

    Ok. Was looking at a prologo saddle.

    I don't want to be buying them and trying to flog them if they aren't comfortable

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,856 ✭✭✭fat bloke

    No way around it really with saddles. You gotta buy and try unfortunately.

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,677 ✭✭✭✭Squidgy Black

    Find somewhere with a decent return policy and buy and try.

    Selle-Italia super flow boost is my go-to, nice wide cutout

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,498 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    were you happy with the antares? if so, why mess with success?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,501 ✭✭✭beggars_bush

    nothing wrong with it, its got a few scuffs and was looking to change. maybe change the colour of saddle along with new bar tape.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,498 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    that's what i meant - just get another antares if you know it works, rather than running the risk of getting a saddle which could cause problems.

  • Registered Users Posts: 134 ✭✭Fiftyplus

    I got a new Giant TCR Advanced in January with a Giant Fleet SL saddle which I wouldn't recommend - very hard and hasn't got any easier with use. A club colleague has had the same problem and he's a lot heavier than me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,751 ✭✭✭✭dahat

    I’d advise this also. Saddles are not to be messed with once you find one that suits.

    For a lad 98kgs the saddle that suits me best is a 127mm one with a slight channel ( Giant stock from a Propel). Can’t find anymore though sadly. Such a personal thing saddles.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,137 ✭✭✭dinneenp

    can go to a physical bike shop or try Aidan Hammond if you're relatively near Wicklow

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  • Registered Users Posts: 482 ✭✭Klopp

    I am on the lookout for a Charge Spoon and I have tried the online shops I know of in Ireland but to no avail.

    Can anyone recommend somewhere online I might get one?

  • Registered Users Posts: 482 ✭✭Klopp

    I tried this site previously and they don't deliver to Ireland.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,684 ✭✭✭triggermortis

    Ah, didn't realise that.. Do you not know anyone with a NI or UK address?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,684 ✭✭✭triggermortis

    good few on ebay

  • Registered Users Posts: 134 ✭✭Fiftyplus

    I replaced my Giant Fleet with a Specialized Romin from Specialized in Browns Hall. Month's trial and you can change it if you're not happy, even get a refund I was told by the staff.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,142 ✭✭✭T-Maxx

    How can a bike shop do this? Exchange saddles, giving a full refund? Sure they can sell the used saddles at vastly reduced prices to get rid of it but where's the money in that?

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,498 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    The money is in the increased business they get as a result of their offer. If they start losing money on the offer you can bet they'll close it.