You have broken IN your Brooks - you have NOT broken DOWN your Brooks. There's a difference. The Brooks (as we all agree) is supposed to allow indentation from your sit bones. What happens when a heavier rider uses the Brooks, though, is that the indentation becomes excessive, the saddle "hammocks" in the center, springing out the side flaps, and the heavier rider's perineum is left in direct contact with the hard center ridge of the saddle.Originally Posted by Machka
At what weight/mileage this happens depends on the weight of the rider. Brooks, unfortunately, does not formally recognize this phenomenon, and (negligently, in my opinion) does not specify a "maximum recommended rider weight" for their saddles. While Brooks saddles may work fine for riders of less than a certain weight, the saddles are manifestly unsuitable for riders beyond that weight. What that magic number might be, I don't know - Brooks doesn't say. I can say from experience that Brooks saddles were NOT suitable for me at 275#.
To summarize - Brooks saddles may be fine for lighter riders, but there is a maximum weight (unknown) above which the Brooks should not be used. The blanket statement by the poster who said that Brooks saddles are the panacea for all perineal pain isn't always true. Even for riders who are within the design weight for Brooks saddles, the fact that the saddles are designed to allow sit bone indentation means that (at least some) of those riders will find perineal pressure with Brooks saddles.
If the Brooks works for Machka & Jur (and hunderds of others), fine. Just don't tell me that Brooks works for everybody - it just isn't so.