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Old 07-10-08, 06:20 PM   #1
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Yet Another Brooks Saddle Thread!

Last year, intrigued enough to find out what all the fuss was about, and spurred on by chronic butt pain from my various plastic saddles, I sprung for a Brooks B17 for my Surly Long Haul Trucker. After the break-in period, which was somewhat painful, I'll admit, the saddle has simply been great!

In a month or so I have to go out of town for work for a few weeks, and since there's an interesting bike trail near my hotel, I decided I'd take a bike. Not wanting to haul the LHT across the country, and possibly have it stolen or something, I decided to bring my seldom-ridden Trek 820 mountain bike instead.

After taking a few short rides on the Trek, making sure that it was in good order, I decided to make two major changes: A set of trekking bars to replace the flat bars, and another B17. The B17 arrived yesterday, so I gave it a quick proofide treatment and went for ride. The brand-new B17 was exceedingly comfortable right out of the box.

This confirms what I suspected of the Brooks break-in: It's not the saddle that gets broken-in, it's the butt that sits on it!
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Probably a little of both.
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This confirms what I suspected of the Brooks break-in: It's not the saddle that gets broken-in, it's the butt that sits on it!

This seems to be the case with almost all saddles, they are not comfortable for the first week but after that they feel great.
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Old 07-11-08, 12:12 PM   #4
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Same goes for the whole bike. I got a new bicycle for Father's Day and it took me 200+ miles before it felt completely comfy. And I know the bike didn't "dimple" to accommodate me.
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