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Old 06-16-11, 11:07 PM   #1
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Brooks leather saddles (??)

I soooo want a brown leather Brooks saddle and matching leather handlebar tape. I've already paid $90 for a Specialized saddle more appropriate for my fat butt, but with over 200 miles on the Specialized, I feel like I'm wasting time that could have been spent breaking in a Brooks leather seat.

Is a Brooks seat what they're cracked up to be, or simply something that traditionalists praise?

Do they come in different sizes, or is it a "one size fits all" sorta thang?

Given as how it's going on a "touring" road bike with drop down bars, which one should I avoid from considering..... for fear of getting the model with TOO MANY springs....??

Who is a good source from whom to buy.... seat & matching leather tape.... at a competitve price?

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Old 06-16-11, 11:56 PM   #2
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Everyone I know who owns a Brooks saddle has purchased it from Wall Bike. I don't know if they're the cheapest, but their six-month unconditional guarantee would make them my first choice...
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Old 06-17-11, 05:23 AM   #3
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Everyone I know who owns a Brooks saddle has purchased it from Wall Bike. I don't know if they're the cheapest, but their six-month unconditional guarantee would make them my first choice...
+100% On wall bike.

A first rate guy, lol.
I should know, I ride bikes with him a couple of times a week.


Saddles are a funny thing, not all fit your but he same.
I have ridden a b-17 for a LONG time, never thought to change, but
now I am starting to ride a b-17 narrow imperal. Maybe my ass has gotten smaller. LOL! not!

Wall bike, with their 6 months guarantee would be the place to shop. If for nothing else, try it, if you don't like it, send it back!
It's a great deal!! They also have bags, and other touring type stuff. I feel sure he would have handlebar tape to match.

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Wall Bike is the shot, excellent service and policy there. I recently took the plunge for a Flyer and was a bit concerned of the "break-in" period. I put the Proofide on it like Brooks says and found slippery at first but after 20 or 30 miles the saddle is super comfortable. My only regret is not getting one sooner, but everything in good time. Go for it see if Brooks is for you.
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Is a Brooks seat what they're cracked up to be,
Yes and so is the tape.

http://simplecycle-marc.blogspot.com...onspiracy.html

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Old 06-17-11, 06:16 AM   #6
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In short, for 90% or so of the people who try them: yes they really are all that they are cracked up to be.
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90-95% of the people who try a Brooks agree it's all it's cracked up to be, and we're pretty smug about it. 5-10% are malcontents for whom a Brooks doesn't work, and they whine about it incessantly. -)

There are various widths and lengths of Brooks. For a touring bike, B-17 is the starting point; you can go narrower with a Team Pro, or wider with a couple of different models. Women's models are usually shorter, although my daughter took my Champion Flyer and won't give it back.

If you know what you need, like for bicycle N+1, sometimes you can save a bit at places like Nashbar. If you don't know which model fits you, or just want to support a good guy running a good business, Wallbike is the place to go.
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5-10% are malcontents for whom a Brooks doesn't work, and they whine about it incessantly. -)
Hey, hey, HEY! Watch it!



Seriously, I may need to rethink Brooks. The one I never could break in as a young guy was a Team Pro, and I understand now that they're thicker and stiffer than the B17. But I know with changes in my inner male anatomy that have come with getting older, the old Selle Italia Turbo wasn't cutting it at the TdC this year, at least once I went over about 2-2.5 hours in the saddle. I'm thinking I may need something like the B17 now, or at the very least another make of saddle with a center channel like the Fizik Aliante Versus
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Hmm...., My inseam is less than 25", so it looks like the B-17-standard-s for riders with short legs might be the way to go.
http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/unspr...b17-standard-s
The only thing now that I might concerned about is the fact that I'm north of 55 and fast approaching 60 years old. That cut-out version seems to be something my old man crotch might appreciate..... What do y'all have to say about the traditional Brooks -vs- the crotchless Brooks??

irwin7638,
Thanks.... read your link and convinced enough to part with my money.
sstorkel,
Reviewed Wall Bike, wrote him an email for guidance, and hope to hear from him.

I'm gonna do this, my bike is a flat finish British (racing?) green, and it's simply begging for a brown leather Brooks!

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I'm waiting for my first Brooks saddle to arrive now. Ordered it a couple days ago from Tree Fort Bikes. With a price match they had going on, I got a saddle and a large tin of Proofide for about $100 incl. shipping. I've never been too picky about saddles. Only one I really didn't like was the wide one that had come stock on my now defunct hybrid, so I figured I'd take a chance that I'm in the 95% who like them and pass on the return policy, but wallbike certainly does seem like a great business to work with. I have had a couple gel saddles in the interim, but am very excited about riding with my new black B17 once it's in. Given I commute 3000+ miles a year in adddition to occasional weekend rides and some overnights/touring I plan to get started this summer, a comfortable saddle seemed worth the investment.
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