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Old 07-13-08, 07:33 AM   #1
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Magical Saddle ?????

I'm a newby at riding , a little over a month . I've tried a few different saddles , some comfort models , some gels , padded , etc. I kept reading about the Brooks B17 . I looked around for one and found they make one in British Racing green with copper rivets . I figured it'd look good on my dark green Schwinn Voyageur 7 and if it didn't help , I read I could send it back within thirty days and get my money back less the shipping . So I ordered one from Nashbar. The first day I put it on , I only had time to ride about 5-6 miles on it and that was in short runs back to the house to adjust the "fit" . Well I must have hit the sweet spot , I went this morning to ride my normal 10 miler and rode 12.7 , my longest distance so far and , I have very little discomfort in the sitting area . If I'd had time, I think I could have gone for 20 . Don't know whether I can contribute it all to the saddle , but (pun intended) so far, it looks like I'll have to order at least one more Brooks ,for the Schwinn Le Tour III I just picked up and going to fix up. kirby
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Old 07-13-08, 08:23 AM   #2
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Good saddle choice. Resist the temptation to perform any radical break-in procedures. Although it doesn't sound like you'll be tempted. I'm a 55 year old 210 pounder and I ride Brooks saddles on all of my bikes. I think the break-in period for a Brooks saddle is proportional to the time required to get the position dialed-in.
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Old 07-13-08, 10:21 AM   #3
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Welcome to the club. Those of us for whom Brooks saddles work are truly blessed. I'll have to take people at their word when they say Brooks saddles are not comfortable to them, but I really feel sorry for them. I have found no other saddle that is anywhere remotely near to the comfort I have while riding a B17.

As Skipper said, don't listen to people who tell you to use extreme methods to break in your saddle.
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Selle An-Atomica Titanico. Expensive but well worth it.
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Just don't buy this one off of eBay. That's black plastic, not leather.
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Ewww. Knock off Brooks??? The NERVE!
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Ewww. Knock off Brooks??? The NERVE!
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An update on me and my Brooks . I went 16.1 miles this morning . Not ready to tackle a century yet , but I'm getting there. I know 16 miles doesn't sound like a lot to most of you , but it's quite an accomplishment in my book . And this wasn't flat land , there was a few hills mixed in . Avg. speed is over 11 mph now too. kirby
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