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Old 02-01-13, 08:43 AM   #1
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Brooks Update

At the end of September I put a Brooks B17 on the Black Knight bike and reported that it was already the most comfortable saddle I had ever ridden. Now I have several hundred miles on it and have to say that after "break-in" it is easily the best saddle I've ever had. There is never any pain or discomfort. What is interesting is that even though broken in and cushy, it still feels hard to the touch. Trac is a happy camper!
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Old 02-01-13, 02:23 PM   #2
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i keep trying to like mine but it just isn't to be,the Selle anatomica works best,i can't seem to get the brooks to adjust back as far as i need...makes me sad because i like the looks of the brooks...

i keep telling myself as i lose weight maybe it will fit me better.
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Old 02-01-13, 02:40 PM   #3
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Tractor, how far are you riding on that saddle?

I'm still tempted to try one out even though I like my current saddle.
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What is interesting is that even though broken in and cushy, it still feels hard to the touch. Trac is a happy camper!
It will always feel hard to the touch. I've got a B-17 Imperial that I got back in 2008 as part of the pre-market beta test. There's around 30,000-ish miles on that saddle and if you rap your knuckles on it, it still sounds like a countertop.
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Another convert to the cult of Brooks. Mwahahahahah!!
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I am still sold on the selle italia super flow series and the selle smp line of saddles. Actually going to be riding the selle italia gel flow on the next century...hope I like it at the end of 100 miles.

I had a selle an atomica...it felt like a tank....just couldn't get use to it.
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Old 02-01-13, 08:18 PM   #7
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Tractor, how far are you riding on that saddle?
I'm riding between 10 and 20 miles per ride. There is no noticeable difference in comfort when I'm in cycling shorts or bluejeans or my work clothes.
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I recently got a second bike. It is a Jamis Commuter 3. I love the bike and hate the saddle. Too narrow, too rock hard.

My other bike has a wider, slightly softer saddle. It's never been a problem. The Jamis saddle was actually the reason I had to terminate a late night rain ride at 10 miles this week (usually it is leg fatigue). The bike is sooooo smooth pedaling, but I gotta replace the saddle.

I have heard a lot about the Brooks B17's being good quality. I found the Brooks website, and the standard B17 is narrower than the saddle I do like but wider than the one I don't like (it's in between). So I have a few questions, if any of you can help:

Is the Standard B17 the one most folks go with?

There are about 100 different Brooks models. The wider ones are their "City and Heavy Duty" ones:
http://www.brooksengland.com/catalog...26+heavy+duty/
It looks like those all come with springs. Any experience with these, or is this overkill?

How weather-sensitive is the leather?

I'm in the market for a new saddle for my new summer bike - thanks for any advice anyone can give. I'm 6' 0", 250 lbs, if that matters at all.

Edit: one other question: Is this something I can find at an LBS?

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There is a dealer that does a lot of Brooks mail order down in Louisiana Wallingford Bike. They are experts at Brooks, have a fit guarantee. I suggest you call them tell them what you have, what you like/don't and have them suggest. Personally I waffle back and forth between a B17 and a team pro. Like them both, I wish my Pro was a flexible as my B-17, I would be in saddle heaven.

By the way, its the width of you pelvis not you weight that dictates the best fit for you, along with bike type and handle bar weight. The B-17 seems to be the most common good fit though.

Weather is OK I use Brooks profhide and have no issue, cover the saddle if its raining on it.
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"I'm in the market for a new saddle for my new summer bike - thanks for any advice anyone can give. I'm 6' 0", 250 lbs, if that matters at all."

It's your riding position that matters. The B17 and the 17n are fine for more upright riding, bars even with the saddle or a tad higher. I can't imagine using anything bigger, the B17 is fairly massive, and I am large framed 6 ft guy. The 17 & 17n are the only saddles I can ride comfortably in pants, no liner, for anything under 20 miles. Great commute or tour saddle. The Team Pro is more of a personal preference and the setback is very limited, more so than the B17. The B17s are becoming ubiquitous, they're everywhere..including most decent LBS. Just realize, if you are a high cadence, fast bike, rotated rider, ... they're kinda useless.
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Thanks, guys. I am definitely more of an upright position rider. I'll start with my LBS and work it from there. Sounds like a B17 is a good starting point to look.
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Thanks, guys. I am definitely more of an upright position rider. I'll start with my LBS and work it from there. Sounds like a B17 is a good starting point to look.
+1 on what howsteepisit and frenchfit posted. I got mine @ Nashbar. I've gone from around 250 to 230 pounds on it and mine has no springs, but comfort has been amazing. When you sit on a wide ol' Brooks, your wide sit bones are bearing your weight instead of your private parts and the leather softens in the area where the sit bones make contact. A few of us (myself, machka, others) point it up so as to force the sit bones on the widest part of the seat. (Look at my seat angle in the attached pic)



But make your decision carefully - as many of us that love Brooks, there are just as many that prefer other saddles. Since Brooks is a $100+ investment, find a supplier that has a liberal return policy (Nashbar does) in case the saddle isn't your cup of tea.
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I installed a Flyer (A B-17 with springs) on my Giant Escape back in Sept. It's got about 500 miles on it, and I agree that it's by far the most comfortable saddle I've ever had. I also had to give it a few degrees of nose up via a Thomson post to keep me from sliding down onto my wedding tackle and taint.....

The only issue I had with it was squeaking, which drove me nuts. I solved solved it by a slight tweaking of the nose bolt (it was completely loose and providing no tension at all) and by melting some proofhide into the nose area with a hair dryer. Several months and no squeaks!
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I have a Brooks B-17 on both my commuter and long-distance bike.

However, my next saddle will NOT be a Brooks.

I love my saddles; don't get me wrong. It's just that my next one will be for Triathlons, and there's no way in hell I'm going to abuse a Brooks by riding on it in wet shorts.
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