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    Metric century on a new Brooks

    I rode my first century today in 20 years although just a metric. I rode it on a new Brooks B-17. I loved the seat only it left my privates numb and a little sting when I urinated. I think my nose level was a little down. I've adjusted it up so the nose is just a tad above level. Any suggestions?

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    Yeah...take some time and break the saddle in.
    Many short rides, not one long one.
    You will see the saddle start to wear at the point your sit bones make contact.
    When that happens, then go for centuries...metric and imperial.

    Your privates should not be numb and there should be no pain during urination.

    I have 2brooks saddles...a swift and a new b17. I did an imperial century last Monday on the b17 and my bum was caressed with creamy leathery goodness...but the saddle had many shorter rides on it.

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    Yeah, a century is not the time to break in a new Brooks. It takes a bit of time and about 500 accumulated miles, all on shorter rides. I assumed you applied the prep oils? I hope.
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    Rule #1 - do NOT USE NEW EQUIPMENT on a century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volosong View Post
    I assumed you applied the prep oils? I hope.
    Does the Preparation H go on the saddle, or the sore spots?
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    I bought my B17 about 3 weeks before my first and second imperial centuries (Saturday AND Sunday). Make sure you have a cover with you on these trips. I forgot mine and it rained all day on Sunday. The Brooks became a hammock, but at least its well broken in now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rons View Post
    left my privates numb and a little sting when I urinated.
    my second ride on my brooks(20 miles) since April and i experienced the same thing yesterday?Had me a little worried,i may adjust mine from level to nose up a little see how that does tonight...
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    I've found that angle is everything on my B17... Experimenting with angle has gone a long way towards ensuring comfort.

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    For a cheap, effective, cover, get a pack of shower caps - the clear disposable kind.

    Two of them can be stuffed into just about any under-seat bag. Seriously, if you can't fit them in, you probably already can't zip the bag closed.

    You take two - one for the Brooks, and one for your head (they go over helmets just fine). If one gets ruined, you let your head get wet before the Brooks.
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    Tonights ride with adjustments went a lot better,only got in 12 miles but my butt feels better
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    I cannot speak from experience as I do not own one, but everyone I know that has a Brooks saddle has told me that they kind of suck for a while until they break in, which general consensus seems to be around a thousand miles give or take to break in. However once they break in most Brooks riders will fight you too the death before they give up their saddle.

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