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Old 02-26-09, 10:43 PM   #1
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To B17 or not to B17

I'm currently using a Selle An Atomica saddle with my old road bike and I'm very satisfied with the comfort. It's a great saddle. However, I'm getting a new bike and I'm sure I'll put the Selle on the new bike. That leaves my old Fuji needing a saddle.I'll still use the old Fuji alot for bus commuting. (Don't want to scratch my new Jamis). I know the original Fuji had a saddle similar in looks to the Brooks B17. I was thinking about getting the B17 Imperial (cutout) as a replacement.

Question is, the Imperial costs as much as another An Atomica. Should I go ahead and buy another Selle An Atomica or go for the B17 imperial? I've always wanted to try one but didn't know if I wanted to go through a long break in period.
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Old 02-26-09, 10:56 PM   #2
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If you opt for the Brooks try these guys. Cheaper with shipping than most without shipping.

Some people need a break-in period and many say their Brooks was comfortable immediately. I just got mine but haven't ridden it yet due to work and weather.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Default.aspx
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If I knew a saddle was very comfortable for me, then I doubt I would buy a different saddle that cost just as much.
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I agree strongly with Tom on this one! Seems like finding a saddle that works for you is the hardest part to find for a bike, and if I find one that fits, and it's still available, I'd stay with it!
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Old 02-27-09, 06:00 AM   #5
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I love Brooks saddles and I'm sure the Selle An Atomica saddles are great, but are you really going to spend that much on a new saddle for a beater? I would just use something I had laying around.
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As said use what is comfortable for you. I love my Brooks B-17 but that is strictly personal preference and what my sit bones are used to.

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Old 02-27-09, 01:58 PM   #7
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I have a bi7 honey

HI.
I have a b17 honey and after about 6mos of riding i started having muscle cramps in my glutes(butt)
and when I went to a thiner harder saddle it seemed to go away.
not sure of the reason suspect my legs are a little thicker and my pedal cleats are closer to the frame, so its real soft to ride on but if your going a long distance it may cause some cramps..hey it may be me.
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Ps Most bike shops have about 40 extra saddles that are off new bikes that had upggrades my local shops willl sell a good saddle for 5 bucks, they have them all over the place in buckets..
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I have B-17s on all my bikes and love them - very comfortable for long rides. BUT, having said that, if the Selle An Atomica is working for you, then why even think of trying something else?
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You don't say if you have other saddle issues than comfort. If so, the right saddle is worth whatever the cost. If I had a saddle that was working well, I'd be very reluctant to switch to another. I don't believe you've mentioned that you've actually had experience with the B17. If not, you could end up disappointed or very happy, but why take the risk when you have a model already that works?
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Old 02-27-09, 06:06 PM   #10
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You don't say if you have other saddle issues than comfort. If so, the right saddle is worth whatever the cost. If I had a saddle that was working well, I'd be very reluctant to switch to another. I don't believe you've mentioned that you've actually had experience with the B17. If not, you could end up disappointed or very happy, but why take the risk when you have a model already that works?
Yes, I've had issues with the horrible saddles they put on new bikes. The Selle An Atomica saved the day. The B17 Imperial is also a cutout saddle and i was curious if others like it.

A comment was made earlier why put a saddle on an old beater. I'd agree except for the fact that I have to have a decent saddle to ride any bike for any length of time. I'll probably stick with what works for me, but I did want to hear some feedback on the other saddle.

But you're absolutely right, that it's a gamble to spend some serious money on a saddle that might not work out just because it has the right look for the bike. Thanks everyone for the comments.
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Why 'fix' what ain't broke? Get another Selle. bk
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A saddle is a very individual choice, and if I had one that worked, I'd probably stick with it.
Having said that, though, I got a B-17 as a gift several years ago, and after three or four weeks I went out and bought two more, for my other bikes. It wasn't a purchase I took lightly, either--I had two kids in college and my wife had recently started at the bottom in a new career (she burned out on teaching after 20+ years). It was a significant expense for us, but I was cycling 300-400 miles a week at the time and it made a huge difference.
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Go to the Rivendell site and read the comment about the Brooks vs SA saddles. Bottom line is that the Brooks will take a little time to break in (vs zero time for SA), but may last longer if you are concerned about that. I have SA and do not like the regular B17. Personal taste!
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I have 5k+ miles on a B-17 that I "butchered" to closely resemble a Swift. It is all day comfortable for me. Having said that, I wanted a red saddle, and bought a red Selle Anatomica because it was so similar and had great reviews. I put about 2k miles on it, including RAGBRAI, and thought I was happy with it, but something wasn't quite right. I tried all kinds of adjustments, and finally decided that it was a little too narrow for me. I went back to my B-17, and couldn't be happier. I've recently bought an Imperial,and have started the break-in process with it.

Bottom line, saddles are a personal thing for everyone. If you have one that works, stick with it.
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I'm starting to appreciate the Selle An Atomica more each day. I started commuting to a bus stop several miles away each day and then riding downtown on the bus. Since I'm going to work, I'm wearing my civvies without chamois shorts. I have to say that the SA saddle feels even better that when I have padding. In fact, I hardly notice the saddle. So I'll probably stick with that, but order a Clydesdale model this time even though I'm about 170 pounds. Still, I'd like to try a Brooks on of these days but it's quite a bit of money just to try out.
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I'm starting to appreciate the Selle An Atomica more each day. I started commuting to a bus stop several miles away each day and then riding downtown on the bus. Since I'm going to work, I'm wearing my civvies without chamois shorts. I have to say that the SA saddle feels even better that when I have padding. In fact, I hardly notice the saddle. So I'll probably stick with that, but order a Clydesdale model this time even though I'm about 170 pounds. Still, I'd like to try a Brooks on of these days but it's quite a bit of money just to try out.
It was the try before you by program that kept me from trying a Brooks in the first place. My LBS would let me try a lot of different saddles even a Selle without a problem. But no one was offering a Brooks for testing and if they have to be broken in first it wasn't likely I was going to find any.

That being said I am considering building up a steel bike as more of a touring/cruiser. If that comes to pass I think I could try the retro look of a Brooks even at the 80 to 100 bucks for trying it.
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I love my B-17s! I always get mine from this source. They are fabulous!
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