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Old 03-29-10, 05:36 PM   #1
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Saddle question

Ok, the wife and kids bought me a Brooks B17 saddle for my 40th birthday. Do I take this saddle to the LBS to put on for me, or can I do this myself? If I do it myself, does anyone have any suggestions to make sure it's right, or should I just take it to the LBS?
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Old 03-29-10, 06:26 PM   #2
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It's easy; do it yourself!

Before removing your old saddle, take a couple of measurements: 1) the distance from the center of the crank to the top of the saddle, and 2) the distance from the middle of the handlebar to the "seating area" of the saddle. After you have the new saddle installed, use your measurements to get it in approximately the same location as the old saddle. I usually install new saddles so that they're level from front to back, then adjust as necessary over the first 1-3 rides.
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I take the correct tool with me on rides. Always have it, not sure if you ride with allen wrenches but it helps to stop along the side of the road to make adjustments.

Just because it feels good at home or on the traier, doesn't mean it will feel as good on the road. Very small difference in tilt make a huge difference.
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I take the correct tool with me on rides. Always have it, not sure if you ride with allen wrenches but it helps to stop along the side of the road to make adjustments.

Just because it feels good at home or on the traier, doesn't mean it will feel as good on the road. Very small difference in tilt make a huge difference.
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Always carry a multi-tool and you can micro adjust the saddle on the ride.

And...especially with a Brooks a small difference makes a huge difference.
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Old 03-29-10, 09:41 PM   #5
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I always outline the bracket on the seatpost with a black marker (or similar) before leaving on the first ride. Roadside movements cand be tricky since you've really got to loosen the bolt to allow for movement (depending on post). If for some reason, the seat flops out of your hand, you know where your starting point is!
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Old 03-31-10, 10:51 AM   #6
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And...especially with a Brooks a small difference makes a huge difference.
You sir, must have been in the military, intelligence department maybe? Just kidding. Ride a Brooks myself, and love it. And you are right, a small adjustment makes all the difference.
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Old 03-31-10, 11:40 AM   #8
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Check to insure you get enough setback for proper seat fore/aft location.
I put on a new B17 this year and had to go with a new setback post. The Brooks saddles have very shorter rails and does not allow the adjustment other seats do. (I had a Thompson zero set back before, and now have a Nitto 35mm setback post)

Love the saddle. Have about 100 miles on it, am comfortable, and getting better.

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Old 04-01-10, 05:31 PM   #9
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Yes! Yes! Make sure you can get the saddle back far enough. I have a Brooks Flyer Special on my LHT and it is without a doubt the most comfortable saddle I ever had. Mine has an ever so slight upward tilt. I had to go to the Velo Orange VO seatpost in order to get the best adjustment.
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Old 04-01-10, 06:35 PM   #10
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I put the saddle on two days ago, thanks to sstorkel and everyone for the advice. It was pretty easy. In two days of riding (50 miles) I must say that its amazing I am not a bit sore, and I can see how the Brooks B17 special is a winner. Thanks All!!
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