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Old 04-27-07, 11:08 PM   #1
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I'm a Brooks believer

Yep I'm convinced I believe my Brooks B-17 is a winner. I have about 150 miles on it now and its more comfortable all the time. I'd bet by the end of the summer its gonna have my butt imprint on it

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Yep I'm convinced I believe my Brooks B-17 is a winner. I have about 150 miles on it now and its more comfortable all the time. I'd bet by the end of the summer its gonna have my butt imprint on it
Be sure to post pics!
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Yep I'm convinced I believe my Brooks B-17 is a winner. I have about 150 miles on it now and its more comfortable all the time. I'd bet by the end of the summer its gonna have my butt imprint on it
I have Brooks on all three of my bikes and can't believe how comfortable they are. The best ever!
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I have a 34 year old B-17N and a 1 year old B-17 on two bikes. I recently built and ridden a touring/road bike as a full commuter w/o a Brooks. On Fridays I ride my SS w/Brooks and my butt thanks me!
I'm trying to buy a Brooks equipped off of craigslist and resell with another saddle just to upgrade on the cheap. Brooks is the best return per extra lb you can put on a bike.
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There is a reason they have been around for so long. Mine was perfect out of the box also.
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I think with the Brooks saddles a person has to learn how to sit on the bike. I found out really quickly that I needed to adjust my riding position to put the weight on my sit bones and not my butt cheeks if that makes sense also a bit more weight forward to the handlebars seems to have helped too. I guess its getting your riding form tuned that will make these saddles feel better. Not that I haven't had a few thoughts of how hard this thing is but when I started adjusting my riding position it seemed to start coming around. I have a Raleigh Cadent series bike and granted its new but a Brooks on a Raleigh just goes together.
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The key to comfort on a Brooks saddle is how your weight is distributed over it. And the key to that is saddle tilt. It takes a bit of experimentation to find the 'sweet spot', but by fiddling with the nose up/down
and a little left or right, depending on how you 'dress', you can find saddle bliss in short order. It will probably take less that 50 miles to find the perfect arrangement for you.

My 'sweet spot'!

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I'm patiently waiting for mine to get comfy. After ~300 miles it's tolerable but not great. Maybe I'll try a slight tilt like Davet's photo.
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The key to comfort on a Brooks saddle is how your weight is distributed over it. And the key to that is saddle tilt. It takes a bit of experimentation to find the 'sweet spot', but by fiddling with the nose up/down
and a little left or right, depending on how you 'dress', you can find saddle bliss in short order. It will probably take less that 50 miles to find the perfect arrangement for you.

My 'sweet spot'!

Beautiful looking setup. Love the colors. I am saving my pennies to get that saddle, which prompts me to ask about the bar wrap. What is that? A bronze sheath? Leather? Cork? Its a perfect match visually.
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I have two bikes with Brooks and two without, I don't ride the two without very often and when I do I wish I could afford more Brooks saddles.
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I found that having a slightly higher nose angle, similar to Davet's, was the "sweet spot" for me with the B-17, too. For many other saddles, that's not the case. I sometimes wonder how many people that aren't happy with Brooks saddles never try this position because it doesn't "look" right.

Never have had any numbness issues, even with the nose a little high.
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Longstanding forum members know how I feel about Brooks saddles.
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Brooks B17N black on sale at Nashbar. After commuting two days on another (free) saddle - only 36 miles total has convinced me to spend the cash.
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Almost no one ever comments on the Brooks w/springs. How is the ride on those as compared to the standard springless Brooks?
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Almost no one ever comments on the Brooks w/springs. How is the ride on those as compared to the standard springless Brooks?
It's springier.
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Almost no one ever comments on the Brooks w/springs. How is the ride on those as compared to the standard springless Brooks?
Well I like them.

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Almost no one ever comments on the Brooks w/springs. How is the ride on those as compared to the standard springless Brooks?
All seriousness aside, the sprung Brooks saddles are great on bikes where you are sitting upright enough to make the springing come into play. They don't really do much on a normal road bike.
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I was wondering about that. When I played around with the B67 in a store, the springs seemed very tight.

I suppose the user's experience would vary greatly between a 150 pound road biker vs a 250 pound hybrid biker.
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I was wondering about that. When I played around with the B67 in a store, the springs seemed very tight.

I suppose the user's experience would vary greatly between a 150 pound road biker vs a 250 pound hybrid biker.
The experience can vary quite a bit, in fact. Heavier riders will get more benefit from a sprung Brooks than lighter one. The springs are pretty stiff, but they do the job, with the leather taking up the rest of the load. Because of a very severe back problem, I actually replaced the springs on one of my B67's with those off a Huffy comfort saddle. An excellent move. Spring steel is pretty much a done-deal, as far as manufacturing is concerned - cheap ones are as good as expensive ones.

Another B67 got the thinner springs off an old B73 I have. Another good move.
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I like Brooks too.

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Brooks B17N black on sale at Nashbar. After commuting two days on another (free) saddle - only 36 miles total has convinced me to spend the cash.
I have a B17N and a B17 standard. I really prefer the standard. Unless you have a really narrow butt, you may be better served with a standard width B17.

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I'm convinced, ordered a B17 from Nashbar today to replace the saddle that came stock on my '84 Univega Speciallisama touring bike. I have started riding again and need ro rid myself of numb nuts and sore but bones. Then I'm going to work on the pain in the lower back. I'm 63, 5'9", and weigh 180 and need to get into better shape.

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Quite an interesting article I found when I was snooping around on Craztguyonabike. http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...oc_id=2432&v=Z
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