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    B17 or B17N

    I've read the existing threads, but I would like some specific advice. I am looking at a Brooks B17 or B17N for my commuter bike. I'm a tall guy, 6'5" and around 190 lbs. As a fact of the way bikes are designed for larger sizes I have a large drop from the saddle to the handlebars (not sure how much, but many inches). It's not really uncomfortable (which, for some reason, I hear is usually the case with tall people). But it makes me wonder if I should get a B17N for less thigh problems while pedaling. I measured my sit bones at home to be around 125-130 mm (I know, not terribly accurate). I don't care about speed or weight, just comfort and getting fewer saddle sores.

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    In your position, I would go with the B-17N. I have one, and I love it. It's more comfortable to me than the B-17 it replaced.

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    If you are riding on a narrow saddle now and don't mind the B17N will work very well. Use Obenhaufs LP to condition the saddle. Brooks proofhide sucks.

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    FYI, 125 sit bones are probably too wide for a b17N, putting them over the metal support - ouch.

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    With a few inches of drop from the saddle to bars, you might want to look at the Swallow or Swift instead of the B-17 saddles.
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