Originally Posted by Bob Pringle
I've done several searches but I can't find a recent thread that concerned replacing the springs in a Brooks Champion Flyer with softer ones. A poster reported replacing his springs with those from another model of Brooks saddle to get more compliance, and I'd like to do the same, but I can't remember the model from which he got the replacements. I also have a Brooks B-67 which uses the identical springs as the Flyer, except they're chromed. The wire diameter, coil diameter and number of coils match exactly, so that's not a solution. Can anyone help me out here?
The OP might have been me. I replaced the springs on one of my B67's with those off an old
B73. The diameter is .092" on the B67 and .084" on the B73. More supple but no rocking at all. I checked the WallBike inventory offering for a second set, but it seems that Brooks have now standardized the diameters at .092". Unfortunate.
As a result, I will confess to stealing the springs off a newer Huffy comfort saddle and I've installed them on the other B67. I thought they would be real rockers, being thinner, but actually they work well, and are extremely forgiving. I use both saddles for very long rides - out to 100 miles occasionally. No problems.
The Brooks replacement springs are about $18+ s&h. The whole Huffy costs about $11.95. I plan on buying a Flyer soon, and I'll do the same to it.
EDIT: I should add this afterthought:
If the idea of using Huffy springs is totally repugnant, I must say that I can't recommend those off a Specialized or other "brand name" because they are simply not effective. Too tough. Some of those others are in my pile of failed saddle experiments. Just get a wide Huffy seat and strip it for the springs. You may have to widen the loop about .030" to get them over the Brooks post. Just tap a piece of appropriate-size metal dowel thru the loop and they'll open up enough. Then again, they are Huffy, so they might slip right on...
Last edited by jcm; 12-27-06 at 07:59 PM.