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    How many miles/kms on your Brooks??

    How many miles/kms do you have on your Brooks saddle?


    Just checked and I've got approx. 22,000 kms (13,670 miles) on mine

    I've ridden it in all sorts of weather (rain, snow, sleet, sun, heat, etc., etc.), I've only applied Proofide twice (and never anything else) ... and it is still going strong!!

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    3,500 miles one one, close to 1K miles on the other. Both are more comfortable than my sofa.

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    i just got mine thursday! a black b17s. it's a beauty! and, it looks great on my trek pilot.

    i have 43 miles on it...

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    10,000 one one mtb.

    6,000 on the other.

    4800 on my roadbike.

    All Brooks B17's. All in under 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    How many miles/kms do you have on your Brooks saddle?
    Less than 300 miles (two weeks) on my B17 before it pancaked completely and had to be tossed. I'll never use a Brooks product again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    How many miles/kms do you have on your Brooks saddle?
    I dunno. The B-66 on my daily commuter has over 30 years of use by me. No Proofhide or anything else, ever.
    Pictures of Brooks on Bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarHorizon
    Less than 300 miles (two weeks) on my B17 before it pancaked completely and had to be tossed. I'll never use a Brooks product again!
    Care to elaborate? To be honest, I find that hard to believe. Why didn't you return it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
    Care to elaborate? To be honest, I find that hard to believe. Why didn't you return it?

    Yeah, I find that hard to believe too. Probably someone who just cant stand the popularity, and cult following that Brooks has, and is trying to defame it.

    That said, I am truly in love with my Brooks 'Pro'. Had it about a year and a half, with over 3000 miles on it. My next one is going to be a B-17 for my commuter bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
    Care to elaborate? To be honest, I find that hard to believe. Why didn't you return it?
    I bought it on e-Bay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wino Ryder
    ...Probably someone who just cant stand the popularity, and cult following that Brooks has, and is trying to defame it...
    I don't knock Brooks saddles for lighter riders. When I tried mine, I weighed 290, and yes, believe it or not, that B17 was profiled like a hammock within two weeks. I tried tightening the tension bolt, but that just made the tension ridge down the center a pure perenial pain. The only way I could sit on the thing was by perching on the rear arch, and that wasn't comfortable either.

    I don't give a rats a*s if the saddle is popular OR if it has a cult following. I only care whether or not it is comfortable for me. Now that I'm down to 260, and still dropping, a B17 might be an option. It was NOT an option when I was 290.

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    Only about 250 on my Champion Flyer. First ride, it was better than the stock saddle. It was getting worse, the Brooks is getting better. Thanks to all of you for the recommendation.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    I have about 200 miles on my B17 (had it about 1 month) It is now on my MTB. I have about 20 on a Pro. Seems I couldn't resist the sex appeal

    Of course, I was only recently invited into the church of brooks saddles!
    Last edited by countrydirt; 09-17-06 at 09:06 AM.

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    I'm right around 100 on my B17...has a new brooks made anyone else's bike-shorts turn the water black when washing them?

    I'm 240ish and haven't had any trouble with it. I'm wondering when I need to start thinking about tightening that tension bolt...any advice?
    Proudly wearing kit that doesn't match my frame color (or itself) since 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krazygluon
    I'm 240ish and haven't had any trouble with it. I'm wondering when I need to start thinking about tightening that tension bolt...any advice?

    You should'nt need to adjust the tension bolt for years really. The only reason it's even there is when the leather stretches significantly enough to start sagging, and that may not ever come. Take my advice and leave it alone.

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    46 km on my new Brooks Swift, and it hurts!
    For such a true piece of artwork I'm prepared to forgive some initial suffering though.

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    I understand, 240GL. My only concessions to style are a Brooks, and a blue boonie rag with white thunderbolts. Give it at least another 200 klicks.
    Some people are like a Slinky ... not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you shove them down the stairs.

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    Not sure of the mileage, but I have 47 years on one of my B17s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wino Ryder
    You should'nt need to adjust the tension bolt for years really. The only reason it's even there is when the leather stretches significantly enough to start sagging, and that may not ever come. Take my advice and leave it alone.
    - i thought so too until i had to slightly tighten both my black B17s after only a few hundred miles... the two honey B17s are still tight and breaking in nicely (total of 6,000 miles between the four saddles)...

    - love my Brooks saddles!

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    Less than 300 miles (two weeks) on my B17 before it pancaked completely and had to be tossed. I'll never use a Brooks product again!
    How much do you weigh? I have heard of this only with riders around 300 lbs. I was 210 lbs when I bought mine and I cannot imagine it pancaking like you mention. It is hard as a rock initally and 300 miles shouldn't crush it. Perhaps yours was defective. I would still try to return it. Just because you bought it on ebay doesn't mean you are stuck with it. If you are less than 250 lbs, there is clearly something wrong with that saddle. Even so, try to return it.
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    Bought mine new this year and have put 5500 km on it. It is truly the last thing that I think about anymore when I ride, it is that comfortable. Thanks all for the good advice to buy a B-17.

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    I put about 500 miles on my B67 before I put the old saddle back on. It was always very very painfull to ride. So much so that after every ride of 10 miles or more, I had to take a day or two off from riding.

    The Brooks is on my workbench. I have though about trying it again, but then I remind myself how stupid that would be for me to do.
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    Around 35,000km out of 51,000km on my Fuji Touring. I rode for a while (not long!) with the original fit saddle, then went to a Brooks Team Pro before I knew the subtle differences between Brooks models and handlebar height. I did PBP, then decided the Pro wasn't being as kind to my butt as it should be, especially after discovering the handlebar deal. I changed over then, and it has done 2-3/4 other 1200km randonnees, several 1000km randonnees, 600s, 400s and a few 200s, plus innumerable centuries. I sold the Pro to my former randonnee riding partner who had been quite sceptical, until he finished a 1000 the other weekend in Australia... it was the first long ride where he did not suffer butt discomfort at all. His butt geometry is somewhat different from mine, so while he rides with handlebars near seat height, he obviously is built for the Team Pro. Shame really. It was in brown, and with those rivets, I *really* liked it compared with the "mundane" black B17.

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    I bought the "mundane" Black cos I'm hoping not to have it stolen
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    I have two B-17's going strong with many miles, and an Ideale leather saddle from the mid1970's still going strong after a gazzillion miles in rain, snow, sun... Nother fits the but like a good piece of leather.

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