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Old 10-30-10, 02:01 PM   #1
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40 mile Ride on brand new Brooks B-17 Imperial

Went on a benefit ride through 5 horse farms today 40 miles, beautiful countryside, but the hills in Lexington my GOD! Anyway my new Brooks did great though I have one minor complaint and that is that now I need another for my commuter. I think what I will do is buy the narrow for my road bike and put this one on the commuter. For a brand new saddle never ridden or broken in to leave me with ZERO pain in my posterior I just cannot say enough. If you are considering or on the fence I say GO FOR IT. It has taken me 4 saddles to get a good fit but now I know I have the one for me.

By the way the ride route was really cool. Saw Man-o-Wars stable and grave.
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Old 10-30-10, 02:10 PM   #2
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I love my Brooks Flyer Pre-aged. But everyone is different. I had a cheap Velo plush that was also very comfortable, but that was years ago.

Sounds like a great ride. Did you take any pictures you care to share?
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It was love at first ride for me also. I have two B17s, one special and one standard. Great saddles, I need more of them for my other rides.
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Old 10-30-10, 04:40 PM   #4
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It was love at first ride for me also. I have two B17s, one special and one standard. Great saddles, I need more of them for my other rides.
Chalk up another convert to the Brooks cult. :-)
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I love my Brooks Flyer Pre-aged. But everyone is different. I had a cheap Velo plush that was also very comfortable, but that was years ago.

Sounds like a great ride. Did you take any pictures you care to share?
No photos, with two small kidos and one on the way time was pressing on me. Had to be finished in a little less than 3 hours.
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Went on a benefit ride through 5 horse farms today 40 miles, beautiful countryside, but the hills in Lexington my GOD!
I love riding in Kentucky because of the hills. Completely flat riding is boring. Besides, how else can I hit 40+mph other than down a good hill.
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What does the "Imperial" offer?
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What does the "Imperial" offer?
It is the perennial (sp) cutout.....or the hole for the taint.
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I love riding in Kentucky because of the hills. Completely flat riding is boring. Besides, how else can I hit 40+mph other than down a good hill.

Oh dont get me wrong, I wouldn't have it any other way myself.....Just a few more climbs then my normal routes but all in all a great feeling of accomplishment.
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Do you guys prefer your Brooks with or without the "relief cutout"?
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I have a brooks flyer, no cut out. I love it. I never use padded shorts and can ride for hours with no discomfort. Never tried a brooks with the cut out. No need to for me.
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Do you guys prefer your Brooks with or without the "relief cutout"?
I have no comparison however I do not think I really needed the cutout I just think that if it is offered with relief then maybe it is better for the prostate (I really dont know). This morning my legs and arms were sore like they are after long rides but my butt had no soreness at all. Usually my posterior is really tender after a 30 mile ride not today. Best bang for the buck I have spent cycling so far.
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After 30 years of Turbo and Turbomatic saddles I bought a B17 on eBay for $80 new. Loved it right from the start. I've heard these stories about Brooks break in torture for years and have no idea what people are talking about.
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I've heard these stories about Brooks break in torture for years and have no idea what people are talking about.
That would be me, among others. I had a Team Pro that refused to conform to my anatomy. It never stopped feeling like a 2x4.
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brooks imperial is a great saddle, I use it for rides longer than 50 miles.
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I too love my Imperial! I also didn't have the "Break-in Blues" that I've read about here as it felt perfect right out of the box. Any bike in the future will have a Brooks saddle installed prior to having it roll out of the shop.

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