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Old 05-17-06, 08:30 PM   #1
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So that's what all the fuss is about....

The brooks b17 saddle I ordered came in today and after a short test ride around the block I am amazed by how comfortable it is. I've tried 7 different saddles and those few minutes around the block on the brooks have been more comfortable than any other saddle I've tried
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You only rode it for a few minutes? most saddles that I have found uncomfortable didn't start hurting untill 30 - 50 minutes riding, except if they're narrower than my sit bones in which case they hurt almost immediately.

With such a short ride and considering that the brooks takes a while to break in maybe you experienced a placebo effect?.... i'm sure it will truly be a very comfortable saddle in time.
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Old 05-17-06, 09:23 PM   #3
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I've taken the same short test ride with the other 7 saddles I've tried and with those I immediately knew they weren't going to work, but gave them a shot anyways. The brooks has a completely different feel to it as it was immediately comfortable. I realize it may be too early to tell, but considering how difficult it has been to find a comfortable saddle this looks promising...
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Nah that's how it was for me. Right away it felt better. Even when I'd been riding for a bit, before it was broken in and I was used to it, my sit-bone area got sore, but the soreness was still a better soreness than what I'd had previously... you could tell it was a "not used to this" soreness not a "something bad being pushed on" soreness.
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Maybe you just have a natural "Brooksbutt".
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Maybe you just have a natural "Brooksbutt".
Obviously, many do!

My tushie, however, is partial to Fizik & Specialized.
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Old 05-19-06, 07:34 PM   #7
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Maybe you just have a natural "Brooksbutt".
I squeezed in a 17 mile after work today and I am beginning to believe I have a "Brooksbutt"
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I also thought the brooks felt better than any other saddle from the start(it arrived last week) - I had to adjust my b17 a little bit in terms of getting the nose just right - but except for some initial soft tissue soreness (fixed after adjustment) - i did not notice the saddle at all - it was good enough that I bought a team pro s for road bike (the lenghth is better for me on road bike) and moved my b17 to hybrid - rode both tonight - 6 miles each ( I know that is not a great distance- but I am still getting used to new road bike riding position)- no pain anywhere.
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Maybe you just have a natural "Brooksbutt".
Oh goodie, another Brooks thread! BF members love 'em!

I don't have a Brooksbutt. The first month it felt like I was riding a concrete pipe for a saddle. Then one day I suddenly noticed I didn't notice it any more.
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Anyone have a Serfas saddle and what do you think of them?
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The brooks b17 saddle I ordered came in today and after a short test ride around the block I am amazed by how comfortable it is. I've tried 7 different saddles and those few minutes around the block on the brooks have been more comfortable than any other saddle I've tried
Welcome to the club. If you think it's comfortable now, wait 'till you have a couple thousand pain free miles on it.
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I am really surprised that it was so comfortable for you from the start. I bought my first about on Monday (today is Friday). I've ridden the bike I put it on about 50 miles since then. It felt a bit better tonight, but that might be because I wore padded bike shorts instead of regular shorts.

If it wasn't for everyone on here saying it gets better, I probably would have given up already!
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I am really surprised that it was so comfortable for you from the start. I bought my first about on Monday (today is Friday). I've ridden the bike I put it on about 50 miles since then. It felt a bit better tonight, but that might be because I wore padded bike shorts instead of regular shorts.

If it wasn't for everyone on here saying it gets better, I probably would have given up already!
I was surprised that it was comfortable from the beginning too. I had read so many things on here about the break in period I was expecting it to be a bit uncomfortable for a while.
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My Brooks wasn't that comfortable for the first two rides, but now it's the most comfortable saddle I have. Having said that, I still haven't adjusted the saddle position perfectly. The nose needs to tilt up more and maybe be set back a bit, but I can't get it tilted up more than it is now so now I'm on the lookout for a replacement seatpost.
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You only rode it for a few minutes? most saddles that I have found uncomfortable didn't start hurting untill 30 - 50 minutes riding, except if they're narrower than my sit bones in which case they hurt almost immediately.
You may not be able to tell for sure if a saddle is right for you in a few minutes, but you can definitely tell if it's the wrong one.
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