I bought a new bike and started riding last Thursday (Oct 6). Since then I have taken 5 2-mile trips around my area, which is kind of hilly, but nothing I can't handle. I am thoroughly enjoying myself, except for the massive pain in my butt and "other soft tissues" in the area. The bike is a 2005 Giant Sedona ST with a gel padded seat that originally had the nose turned up too far, which I have adjusted and almost leveled out over the last two rides. It is slightly better but still painful. There is about 2" of padding on this seat, which feels like way too much.
I have been considering getting a Brooks B-17 as a replacement, but the nature of the Brooks with the leather stretched between two pieces of metal with rivets holding it in place has me concerned. Will a B-17 hold up a 400 lb guy without stretching too much or tearing completely apart at the rivets or am I just paranoid?