I think I figured out my Brooks problem
There's another thread where I was whining about recent problems with my saddle. I think it was a combination of two things. First, I set up the Coda exactly like the Navigator as far as saddle tilt goes. Dead level. The thing is, the Navigator has a crappy suspension fork that when I get on the bike, loads up and drops the front of the bike and therefore the nose of the saddle a tad. I'd ridden about 1500 miles on a B-17 on it with zero saddle issues. When I bought the Coda, I bought another B-17. After riding on it for about two weeks, I changed the old one over to the Coda because the new one just didn't feel the same. DUH!, the Coda has a rigid fork and the saddle angle I set on the bike was the saddle angle I rode on. After trying the Alias for about three miles of reasonably hard riding tonight, I didn't care for the way it flexed and resolved to try to work out the Brooks issue.
And when I was putting the old Brooks back on the Coda, I thought it might be worth a try to put a little more tension in the nose to raise the sit bones a tad. Well, the seat tension nut and bolt is stripped out! That cannot be helping anything either. Guess I'll get to see how Wallingford and Brooks handle that little issue, the saddle is only just a bit over a year old.
So, I got busy and took the new B-17 back off the Navigator, set it on the Coda and went one teensy click down off level in the nose. Rode my 25 tonight that way and NO perineum problems, yahoo. In retrospect, it was all right there in front of me all along, I just was not smart enough to see it. MNBikeGuy gets the credit for saying hey, you're set up nose high. At first I said bah, I rode the Navigator that way for a year, that can't be it. But as I really thought it through, I'm pretty sure that was my issue.
Thanks MN BikeGuy for saving me $100 on the Alias.
It's all downhill from here. Except the parts that are uphill.