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    Brooks Saddle

    After some great advice from everyone, I went over to the bike shop in Philadephia after work and spent some time with one of the workers there. She told me all about Brooks, showed me some stuff, and educated me on other stuff. We spent about 45 minutes together which wa great. (hard to find people who will invest that much time on a single person). I ended up with a brooks b17.

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    What a coincidence! My Brooks Champion Flyer just arrived tonight!

    Sadly, I just got done riding 39 miles and simply do not have it in me to even install it, much less take it for a spin...

    Will have to wait until Thursday. Grr!!
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    I'm happy with my new Flyer. Just finished 175 miles in 3 days could still sit down.

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    ponzini: why did you pick the flyer if I can ask? was your butt bugged by the leather (breaking it in)?
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    About every search for "comfortable touring saddle" seemed to include Brooks in the results. I know the Bontrager had to go. My butt was too sore after only 40 mile rides. I knew the long ride was coming and I had to choose something. I chose the springs because of the increased comfort that reviews mentioned. I only have about 300 miles. I'm not sure what "breakin" means. It seems the same so far. Time wil tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    After some great advice from everyone, I went over to the bike shop in Philadephia...
    May I ask which bike shop was so helpful?
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    I have a B15, and once it was broken in, it is a joy to sit on compared to my old stock saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
    May I ask which bike shop was so helpful?
    I can attest it wasn't Cadence, since they don't have Brooks. My guess is Trophy Bikes or Bicycle Therapy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    ponzini: why did you pick the flyer if I can ask? was your butt bugged by the leather (breaking it in)?
    Brooks makes different styles and sizes of saddles. For instance, my Brooks Imperial:



    wfournier's B17:



    And the B67 I sold not long after this photo was taken:


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    i just ordered mine sunday...crossing my fingers that I end up one of those few people who say "it was amazingly comfy from day 1!", but i know that's unlikely. can't wait!

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    I've had my B17 for a little over a month now. With about 500 miles on it now it's very nicely broken in. I did an overnight bike camping trip this weekend where the lion's share of the 150 miles were on dirt and gravel (i.e., not real smooth)... While other things got sore, my butt never really did. Testament to a great saddle! I <3 MY BROOKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeydentity View Post
    i just ordered mine sunday...crossing my fingers that I end up one of those few people who say "it was amazingly comfy from day 1!", but i know that's unlikely. can't wait!
    Loosen up the screw on the nose a little bit to give the leather a little bit of give until it gets broken in.

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    thx, i will

    (didn't know one could do that)

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    I didn't mess with the screw when I broke mine in.

    If you're going to, don't turn it much. They come shipped with the 'appropriate' tension. The screw is designed to take up the slack when the leather starts to stretch.
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    Yeah, I'd advise against messing with the tension screw at all.
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    Saddle just came too dark to try it out

    The shop that sent it advised I loosen the tension screw a half turn for the first 100 mi, then tighten it back up....I'll see how it feels first. It is S-L-I-P-P-E-R-Y! Hope that isn't an issue when I'm riding. My roomy didn't my color choice, but I wanted to bring out the gold in the paint. I think it looks good, though will look even better if I spring for drops and leather tape next year when I've lost my belly


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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeydentity View Post
    Saddle just came too dark to try it out

    The shop that sent it advised I loosen the tension screw a half turn for the first 100 mi, then tighten it back up....I'll see how it feels first. It is S-L-I-P-P-E-R-Y! Hope that isn't an issue when I'm riding. My roomy didn't my color choice, but I wanted to bring out the gold in the paint. I think it looks good, though will look even better if I spring for drops and leather tape next year when I've lost my belly


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    it's in the mail...

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    Looks good! My b17 was super slippery when I first got it, but that goes away after a bit. It wasn't really an issue when I was riding.

    I still say you don't need to mess with the tension screw...get it in the correct position and it won't feel as stiff as some people say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasVic View Post
    Loosen up the screw on the nose a little bit to give the leather a little bit of give until it gets broken in.
    uh, no.
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    suprised it didnt come with the leather treatment.

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    I've put about 7000 miles on two B-17s. I love those saddles. I had a Brooks Pro for a few hundred miles, and sold it. Different butts, different saddles.
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    dcrow: did you point your saddle up much versus a regular saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefisaac View Post
    dcrow: did you point your saddle up much versus a regular saddle?
    A little. I've seen pictures of other's saddles tilted so much it made my eyes water.
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