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I would like a better seat for my bicycle. I have a cypress giant hybrid steel. The seat is ok but I would like a better one. Should I just go to the shop and look at the next 2 upgrades? Got any suggestions? I rode 800 miles this year and would like to up that a little. I ride twice a week, sometimes 3 times. Too much going on to ride 4.
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There are lots of good saddles (seats) out there so I think it's best to go with a reputable brand and concentrate on construction and style.   Many people make the mistake of thinking that the softer, plusher and wider the saddle is, the more comfortable it will be.  Not necessarily true.  I'd suggest a relatively narrow saddle that while not hard, is very firm.  Most tourers, folks that spend a lot of time on their bikes, swear by Brooks leather saddles.  They take a while to break in and there will be some initial discomfort, but once they've conformed toy your anantomy, you'll never go back.  They are, however, not designed for racing or fast riding but rather comfortable distance riding.  JMO.

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Saddles are like boots, it's all about the fit.  I like my  Specialized Alias, but your mileage may vary...

Try talking to Andy at Ultimate sports in Grove City, he should have some good advice for you.


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When I upgraded, the advice I got at the shop (besides to get one with appropriate cut-outs) was to start with the cheapest house model and trade it in if I didn't like it.  I'm now on the second iteration of that same saddle, some 15,000 miles later (the first one split out the side this summer, I think from excessive sun and rain exposure on the back of the car the ten days driving out from SF to Boulder {and yes, we know there are more direct routes than that!}).   It is very comfy, not cushy, as Jer says--just a good fit.  I've ridden 3 Centuries on it, and been pretty comfortable the whole way.

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Nashbar has a sale going on right now, and their knockoff saddles aren't bad...

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i like my Specialized seat that came standard on my allez or the Aerone on my Giant bike.

I prefer the firmer saddles of the soft squishy ones.

Some bike shops have demo saddles where you can try them and get a discount if you buy.

If you still don't like it, look at Cobb Saddles.


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The best bicycle advice I ever got was from a bike shop who gave me a selection of saddles and told me to take a spin on each of them and pick the most comfortable one.

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