Commuting - break brooks in on old bike or new?
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10-10-10, 08:24 PM
I just ordered a 2011 redline conquest classic that I'm not going to take delivery of for several months. I'm going to put a B-17 on it and have the cash to buy the saddle now... problem is, the fit I have on my current bike isn't perfect so I'm wondering, would you break in the saddle on one bike knowing you'll be moving it to another so soon?
I don't even know if the new bike will change how I sit on the saddle, but moving from a flat bar to a drop bar, I'd guess it would.
Congrats, that Conquest Classic is a great bike. Might be the perfect commuter. I'm no expert (I'm on my first brooks saddle), but I would think it would probably be okay. The problem may be that you'll find the seat very uncomfortable on a flat bar bike. If you're riding more upright the sprung brooks saddles are better. I'd worry that you'd be especially uncomfortable trying to break it in.
Now, if your flat bar bike is more aggressive so a lot of weight is on your hands you'd probably be fine with the B17.
Put it on, get that break in started. Although, I disagree with ratell. The B17 is probably what most people that ride in a more upright position use. It's what it seems to be made for. What would make it uncomfortable is if you're going to have a more aggressive saddle to bar drop on your new bike.
Obviously saddles fit people differently though so it might be great for you on both bikes. I personally can't stand the b17. It's painful for me, my thighs rub the 'wings'.. it's just my anatomy I guess, but the Swallow and Swift that I have are nice saddles.
10-11-10, 06:24 AM
See, I've had the opposite experience. The b17 only works for me with an aggressively positioned bike, with the saddle 2-3 inches higher than the bars.
For anything remotely upright I need the b67.
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