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Old 07-09-08, 07:04 AM   #1
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Can a Brooks Serve Two Posteriors

So I love my B17 on the bike that I exclusively use. However, I want to replace the stock, sprung saddle on a Breezer Freedom that my wife and I share--I during the week for short commutes and grocery trips, her when we go on rides together. I'm thinking about the B67. However I'm wondering if sharing a Brooks is a good idea given the way it breaks in over time. Also, if a man and woman are sharing a B67, would it be better to get the "B67s" version of the saddle designed for women or the regular B67 version. Any thoughts and experiences would be greatly appreciated.
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Dunno, but in my household I don't dare change something we "share" without her input. "Share" usually means she considers it hers and lets me use it! Just thinking for as much as you want the Brooks, she may be quite happy with it the way it is. Dunno.

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I just swapped my broken in B66 saddle from my Raleigh to my wife's...I get to break in a brand new B66 for mine She says it is just fine, better than the plastic mattress saddle it replaced. The only difference between the B67 and B67s is the overall length. Supposedly to keep a lady's skirt from catching on the nose of the saddle. FWIW I have ridden both and cannot tell a difference in them. I suspect the distance of riding will play a part in it too. I can ride 5-6 miles on a brand new Brooks with no problems, but much further I want my broken in one!

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I have a B-17 and a Team Pro, they both work just fine for my butt and the spare one I carry 'cause I got old and fat.
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Unless y'alls' asses are exactly the same, I would not think so any more than your shoes would fit.

You can do it, won't kill you or the saddle, but I don't think it would be as comfortable as individual saddles.
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Unless y'alls' asses are exactly the same, I would not think so any more than your shoes would fit.

You can do it, won't kill you or the saddle, but I don't think it would be as comfortable as individual saddles.
For shorter distances I don't think it really matters. FWIW I found an old Wright's 5N that I used to ride on about 20 years and 30 pounds ago. Still feels as good as ever and it was used when I got it.

Also shoe wrap around the foot, the saddle ya just sets on

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OT- Breezer Freedom quo ?

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So I love my B17 on the bike that I exclusively use. However, I want to replace the stock, sprung saddle on a Breezer Freedom that my wife and I share--I during the week for short commutes and grocery trips, her when we go on rides together. I'm thinking about the B67. However I'm wondering if sharing a Brooks is a good idea given the way it breaks in over time. Also, if a man and woman are sharing a B67, would it be better to get the "B67s" version of the saddle designed for women or the regular B67 version. Any thoughts and experiences would be greatly appreciated.
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I am thinking about getting a Breezer Freedom for some utility riding.
Any comments or feedback about it would be appreciated.
ps. my spouse and I "shared" a B-17 for a couple of months; she finally ended up keeping it on
her bike. Doubt we did it any damage- she was happy to get a comfortable seat, in the long
run I was too. I got another B-17. Does the Freedom need a sprung saddle (I know it comes
with one)? When I get one- I was thinking about putting a B-68 on it (similar to B-67, but is
not sprung) Thanks for any info.
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Why not get quick release for your seat post and have two seats and posts - one each?
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I have a B-17 and a Team Pro, they both work just fine for my butt and the spare one I carry 'cause I got old and fat.
That's two saddles, one butt. The OP is asking about two butts, one saddle.
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I just swapped my broken in B66 saddle from my Raleigh to my wife's...I get to break in a brand new B66 for mine She says it is just fine, better than the plastic mattress saddle it replaced. The only difference between the B67 and B67s is the overall length. Supposedly to keep a lady's skirt from catching on the nose of the saddle. FWIW I have ridden both and cannot tell a difference in them.
Did you mean to compare the B66 with the B67? The only difference between them is in their connection to the saddle post; the leather top is the same. See http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/s...rooks-b66.html
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Did you mean to compare the B66 with the B67? The only difference between them is in their connection to the saddle post; the leather top is the same. See http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/s...rooks-b66.html
Yep...both our Raleigh's take the B66

I was commenting on the OP's bike saddles when comparing B67 and B67s. IIRC the stock Breezer seat post is a single rail type. Same one I use on my new Redline R530.

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Unless y'alls' asses are exactly the same, I would not think so any more than your shoes would fit.

You can do it, won't kill you or the saddle, but I don't think it would be as comfortable as individual saddles.
I think you guys would be miserable on my B-67.
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JPCowan:
I am thinking about getting a Breezer Freedom for some utility riding.
Any comments or feedback about it would be appreciated.
ps. my spouse and I "shared" a B-17 for a couple of months; she finally ended up keeping it on
her bike. Doubt we did it any damage- she was happy to get a comfortable seat, in the long
run I was too. I got another B-17. Does the Freedom need a sprung saddle (I know it comes
with one)? When I get one- I was thinking about putting a B-68 on it (similar to B-67, but is
not sprung) Thanks for any info.
I have an Uptown 8. I switched to a B-67, which was a great decision for me. Very comfy ride...
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Sorry, been swamped this week with various things. Thanks for all the feedback.

To CCrew: yes this was vetted with my wife, she does not like the stock saddle either and has only tried the Brooks on my bike for a short ride but liked it.

To Wahoonc: agreed that for shorter rides most riders would be fine on just about any saddle. Good to know you cannot tell a difference between the regular and S version. If the main functional difference is to prevent skirt snags, Ill just go with a regular since I cannot see my wife riding in a skirt.

To cooker: Im too lazy for two seat posts

To martianone: the Freedom is ok for short distances and utility stuff. Pros are that it is pretty comfy (once I get the saddle replaced will be even better), has a chain guard, can easily fit those grocery getter panniers on each side (or whatever they are called, they fit a paper grocery sack on each side), solid, durable custom metal fenders, can replace rear cog for different gearing. Cons are that it is very slow, like a Volvo tank if they were to make one. Also, Im about 185 lbs and broke at least 5 rear spokes so that Breezer (through my dealer) rebuilt the rear wheel under warranty, it has been fine now. There is something about the IG hubs that makes them seem less efficient than non-hub bikes too, it just seems like it takes more effort.

I ride it with business clothes to the subway (1.5 miles each way) and to the grocery store mainly (about 5 miles each way), iand ts great in those roles. Last year I used it a lot for my 11 mile each way commute to downtown DC. That was a bit out of its role and I dreaded mashing my way up some hills in only three speeds on the way home. If you are in a flat area, 3 speeds is fine. But if you at all regularly go up hills Id really consider getting the 7 or 8 speed version. I guess the silver lining was that I got another bike more suited to a longer commute in biking clothes and kept the Breezer for utility/short commutes in business clothes.

I think you do not need a sprung saddle on the Freedom, it just comes with one, probably to smooth out the ride a bit. Ive called Breezer about a few things, they are very good about responding to you so Id do that if you have more questions.
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JP,
Couple of points..

At 185# if you were breaking spokes on a Breezer it was a crap wheel! I hit the scales at a solid 200#+ and have yet to break a spoke, even on some of my diposable dumpster rescue bikes.

You CAN NEVER GO WRONG with a sprung Brooks saddle. The current crop of aluminum framed bikes have a tendency to bit a bit stiffer than a similar steel design. The Brooks IS NOT a soft sprung saddle, but has just enough give to make the ride smoother without the boing boing of a suspension seat post or soft sprung saddle.

I purchased a Redline R530, first thing to go was the sprung seat post and the Velo Ploosh saddle...what a literal PITA! It rides much, much nicer with the Brooks B-67 and a rigid seat post.

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