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    Riding a Brooks B33, B66 or B73?

    I would like to get some feed back from someone over 200 lbs on any of these saddles. I love the Brooks B17 & swifts on my Roadbikes but don't have experience on sprung saddles for upright bikes. So if you are over 200lbs and have a B33, B66 or B73 I'd love to get your opinion.

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    I weigh in at 359 lbs (down from 380lbs!) and ride a Brooks B33 ,on my cruiser, which is specifically designed for really heavy people such as myself. I find the saddle to be VERY comfortable to ride.

    In fact, I believe the B33 is the only saddle targeted to super clyde's like me.............
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    In fact, I believe the B33 is the only saddle targeted to super clyde's like me.............
    I'm 240, I wonder if the B33 would be too stiff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    I'm 240, I wonder if the B33 would be too stiff?
    You could if you wish, drop Brooks a note and describe what you are looking for, your details etc.

    They are usually very good about answering queries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seve View Post
    You could if you wish, drop Brooks a note and describe what you are looking for, your details etc.
    You could also buy from Wall Bike, test-ride the saddle for up to 6 months, then return it for a full refund if it doesn't work out...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    I'm 240, I wonder if the B33 would be too stiff?
    yes, It might be since you are 119 lbs lighter than I am.

    Brooks has great info on their site so look here to see the line up to choose from that IMO will do you best.

    http://www.brooksengland.com/catalog...26+heavy+duty/
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    I use the Flyer (B17 with rear springs) at 210 pounds and like it very much. I suspect that more than 250 pounds or so might compress the springs too much, but couldn't say for sure.

    I really like the look of the front loop saddles (the twisted springs on the B33 are fantastic, IMO) but my trouble with multi-rail saddles is that they all require two-piece seatposts which offer limited adjustability of the seat angle. I find that the angle of a Brooks saddle is absolutely critical for comfort, so I really need a two-bolt micro-adjust post with them.

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    I use the Flyer (B17 with rear springs) at 210 pounds and like it very much. I suspect that more than 250 pounds or so might compress the springs too much, but couldn't say for sure.
    I've got a Flyer on this Raleigh Sports, with the drop bars, it is only a slightly upright positon. I've notice that I hardly compress the springs at all, but then again my weight if somewhat forward.

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    Brooks has great info on their site so look here to see the line up to choose from that IMO will do you best.

    http://www.brooksengland.com/catalog...26+heavy+duty/
    Thanks, this is where I started the search, not much in the way of ride reports or recomendations other than "heaviest" and warnings of "lateral movement"

    You could also buy from Wall Bike, test-ride the saddle for up to 6 months, then return it for a full refund if it doesn't work out...
    Completely forgot about them! I bought a few saddles from them, fair price and a very generoous return policy. Thanks for the idea!!

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    I'm 220 and have a Brooks B66s. The springs are just right for me. I only feel them move when I hit something really hard.

    I've also got a Lepper's saddle with a three spring set and I found it to be too much like a trampoline. I felt like I was about to bounce myself off the bike. Stiff springs are a must and the B66 is great.
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    I've also got a Lepper's saddle with a three spring set and I found it to be too much like a trampoline. I felt like I was about to bounce myself off the bike. Stiff springs are a must and the B66 is great.
    Thanks, I've been thinking the B73 would be bouncy


    I like the look of the B66, the B33 looks awfully heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
    the B33 looks awfully heavy.
    Three and a half pounds. More than a pound heavier that the B66. Enough to make me think putting it on one of my bikes would be the end of the world. But then I remember that my body weight varies by more than that just based on the time of day...

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    The actual weight doesn't bother me as much as size of B33. I think they look more at home on a vintage motorcycle than a bicycle. maybe, Im just spending too much looking and should just pull the trigger on one?


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    Well, now I want a board track racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
    I use the Flyer (B17 with rear springs) at 210 pounds and like it very much. I suspect that more than 250 pounds or so might compress the springs too much, but couldn't say for sure.

    I really like the look of the front loop saddles (the twisted springs on the B33 are fantastic, IMO) but my trouble with multi-rail saddles is that they all require two-piece seatposts which offer limited adjustability of the seat angle. I find that the angle of a Brooks saddle is absolutely critical for comfort, so I really need a two-bolt micro-adjust post with them.
    357 here, and the Flyer is working great for me. Got it when I was around 370, too.

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    Going to buy a B33 but have questions

    OK, after trying a couple of different seats I am going to give a Brooks B33 a try. I have a trek pure sport so I am almost riding a cruiser. I kind of understand that I need a special clamp to install this seat but not totally clear.

    Do I need this clamp plus a new seat post?

    Can someone recommend a retailer?

    Thanks

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    I have a B72 on my Raleigh DL-1. Love it. I just got a B66 for another bike, but I haven't had a chance to ride it yet (&%@* business travel!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by thezeker View Post
    Can someone recommend a retailer?
    I think someone already did...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    I think someone already did...
    They don't have the color I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thezeker View Post
    They don't have the color I wanted.
    You should probably wait until they do. Despite all the cheerleaders, Brooks isn't for everyone. Nobody has a better return policy, larger stock, or better customer service than Wall Bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sstorkel View Post
    You should probably wait until they do. Despite all the cheerleaders, Brooks isn't for everyone. Nobody has a better return policy, larger stock, or better customer service than Wall Bike...
    My logical mind says yes yes yes to your suggestion, but my butt screams NO NO NO!

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    Man, the seats with springs just seem too out there for me. Like, they dont go on a "racing" bike or something. But, I'm guessing it has to be a huge improvement over the stock specialized saddle, yes? I'm 235 and dropping as I ride, and ride a 2008 specialized roubaix.

    Suggestions anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thezeker View Post
    My logical mind says yes yes yes to your suggestion, but my butt screams NO NO NO!
    You may find that a chunk of concrete or a splintery board is more comfortable than a Brooks saddle. I know I would

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oilsooner View Post
    Man, the seats with springs just seem too out there for me. Like, they dont go on a "racing" bike or something. But, I'm guessing it has to be a huge improvement over the stock specialized saddle, yes? I'm 235 and dropping as I ride, and ride a 2008 specialized roubaix.

    Suggestions anyone?
    I own several very comfortable saddles. None were made by Brooks and there isn't a single spring to be found. I'm a big fan of Selle SMP, ISM, and WTB saddles. The ISM Adamo Road saddle is currently my favorite, but I'll admit that it is not for the casual rider. The do make saddles with more padding that might be appropriate, though.

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    I'll find out starting sometime next week. I ordered a B33. I've been through more than a few saddles including a few off beat ones. Part of that was my fault for not investigating enough over the years. I've never tried a leather saddle before. I will eventually report back.

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