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Old 01-21-12, 06:26 AM   #1
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Is this a good place to state the obvious and often repeated?

Obvious:
  • Brooks saddles are attractive
  • Brooks saddles don't suit everyone
    1 CM is a big change in saddle position

Any how, I fitted a new tube and tyre to my 1990 Steel ol'favourite last night. While it was inverted for this, I loosened and kicked - no, adjusted - the new/old Brooks Swift about a cm closer to the bars.

This morning, a metric century, just inside 4 hours, nice and cool, sometimes a wonderful tail wind and sometimes a tough headwind, giving a flat ride some of the characteristics of a rolling ride.

And the careful (kicking-no) adjustment of the saddle placed the bones where they are supposed to be, on the broad bit of the saddle. All of a sudden, I'm a Brooks Happy Fellow.
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Old 01-21-12, 06:45 AM   #2
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Those sit bones know where they want to be.

And mine are not on a Brooks. Tried one for 400 miles with lots of adjustments and as you said-They are not for everyone.

Few months ago I sold my old bike to a friend and set the bike up on saddle height and fore and aft as I would like it. Tilt he would have to sort out but since Christmas he has complained about butt ache. Had his bike round this morning and the saddle position is way out. It hasn't adjusted from when I set it up but the rider has. Pushed the saddle 1cm further back and up 1 cm and no pain on the 30 miler we have just done in 45F temp- bit of drizzle and a 25mph wind. Only problem is that he now wants a better bike so tomorrow he may be out on my TCR to see if he needs one.
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Old 01-21-12, 08:00 AM   #3
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Our bodies change over time. There's no reason our setup shouldn't change too.
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Old 01-21-12, 09:58 AM   #4
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Euromesh seats are pretty comfortable.
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1 cm is a huge change to me, either vertically or horizontally.
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Old 01-21-12, 08:17 PM   #6
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Our bodies change over time. There's no reason our setup shouldn't change too.
Good point, and one I'll admit I'd never thought of. I haven't moved my B17 in eight or 10years. Might be time to take a look.
On the other point, I've ridden Brooks saddles for at least 20 years, and I've found that tiny adjustments, as little as a few millimeters, make a big difference.
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I went from 200 pounds of unfit beginner cyclist to 150 pounds of Cat 1 in around 6 years. Couldn't tell you how many saddles I've bought or sold but it's at least 25.
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Old 01-22-12, 11:40 AM   #8
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I'm going to do some careful fitting adjustment to the Prologo saddle on my new CAAD10 since I had the B17 on my old bicycle so long and the Professionals for several decades prior to that. I'll get a Brooks Pro if I cannot adjust to the new seat but I am going to give it a chance first.

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Old 01-22-12, 07:02 PM   #9
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I rode a Brooks for about a year. I would have given it up after a week but friends told me to give the saddle and by butt time to accomodate each other. Tried neatsfoot oil for the saddle and Neosporin for the saddle sores. Ugh. Lesson learned.
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After a decade of trying out different saddles, the main thing I discovered is what didn't work for me!

Now that I've found one that really DOES, I'm looking for them to be discontinued. (Selle SMP TRK)
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