Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Saddle for the Missus

I'm not the only one getting new sits around here. I found a good deal on this Schwinn saddle for my wife's 1977 Schwinn Suburban. The saddle that was on there was a newer and very crappy saddle designed for road bikes. It was too narrow and had no springs whatsoever and was not at all a good match for the bike. As a general rule, the more upright your riding posture, the wider and more heavily-sprung your saddle should be.

The new saddle has only been on a short ride when we ran some errands last weekend, but it has already proven its superiority. When we got home, my wife exclaimed: "Hey, my butt doesn't hurt." Good.

9 comments:

  1. That schwinn mattress saddle was the driving reason behind me buying a suburban for myself. Mostly because the lady of the house was tired of me stealing her 'burb for jaunts around the neighborhood. Out of curiousity, do you happen to know somewhere/someone that sells suburban decals? Your site inspired me to refurb my '71 suburban.

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  2. @ Will: Great, glad to be an inspiration! I don't know of any place with Suburban decals, I'm afraid--that's one aspect of the resto process I'm not well-versed in (there are others, too). Maybe eBay?

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  3. Hi,
    I've just bought a '79 Schwinn Suburban and am wondering if its possible to put a new set of handlebars on. I'm used to dropped bars and, while I know they don't necessarily go with the bike, I find them more comfortable. Is this possible without being detrimentable to my riding experience, should I bother? I can't even tell how I would remove the brake levers. Thank you.

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  4. Sure, you can put drops on, whatever floats your boat. To get the brake levers off, you first have to release the cable at the caliper end, then you can pull the lever back and find the screw inside that fastens the lever to the bars.

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  5. I just got a similar seat for my '73 Schwinn Varsity Sport that is now a Varsity Tourist. I'm waiting for one more detail to arrive and then I plan to send a writeup about the conversion for this blog.

    Lord is that saddle comfy.

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  6. Great, Doohickie, I'll look forward to it!

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  7. You might think about re-wording that title, something like "New Saddle for The Missus' Bike." Reads kinda wrong somehow now... :-)

    (and, yes, I'm a big fan of "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.")

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  8. I love schwinn suburbans and I know that you can buy decals for all classic schwinns at memorylane.com they also have all nos parts and accessories for really cheap! Like rare touring handle bars and stuff like that for 7 dollars.

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