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    When to stretch my Brooks the 1st time?

    I love the bounce my year old Brooks has now. Makes my ride much more comfy. But does that mean I need to stretch it a tad now?
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    No. Don't fiddle with the tension bolt unless the center gets too much sag. Even then, go easy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supcom
    No. Don't fiddle with the tension bolt unless the center gets too much sag. Even then, go easy with it.
    absolutely spot on.

    and when you do finally have to mess with it no more than 1/4 turn (90 degrees) at any one
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    If it's comfortable, you don't have to adjust it. If it is uncomfortable, AND it is sagging in a manner that accentuates the discomfort, then tighten it. How much depends on the cow it was made out of apparently.

    For reference, 6 full turns (when the saddle was WET! Dry would probably tear the leather) is enough to stretch all the conformance out of it and make it as smooth as it was the day you bought it. So any adjustment to an otherwise comfortable saddle should be very minor, and try it out for a bit before tightening any more.
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    Quarter turns? 6 full turns? And while it's wet??? I'm confused boys.
    I guess I'll just sit on it for awhile and see how it feels 6 months from now.
    Isn't water a NO NO for Brooks?
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    Wait 'til the wedding night, cowboy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron
    Wait 'til the wedding night, cowboy.
    Thats just a myth.
    At least thats what my wife of 20+ yrs said when she got it for me for my.............. hey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dang
    Quarter turns? 6 full turns? And while it's wet??? I'm confused boys.
    I guess I'll just sit on it for awhile and see how it feels 6 months from now.
    Isn't water a NO NO for Brooks?
    Jeff was speaking of how his Brooks got stretched from riding it wet. He had to turn it 6 turns because it stretched so much.

    His thread is just down the page:
    Brooks Saddle Flaw

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    Whoa! Thanks for pointing that out Mchaz! Ive seen so many brooks posting I usally just pass over them. So I guess I better take mine out of the toilet now.
    Tomorrow I'll give her a quarter turn. Then leave it.

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    I turned mine a quarter of a turn at the 6000 mile mark. Haven't touched it since. Brooks says to adjust only 1/4 turn at a time. Very easy to ruin a good saddle.

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    After two years and 8,000 miles I've never stretched my Brooks B-17 and don't know that I'll ever need to.

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