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Old 06-30-09, 03:17 PM   #1
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brooks saddles from chain reaction

After 20 years' hiatus, I got into cycling again, and one of the things that happened was that I quickly accumulated a box of unsatisfactory saddles in my closet, trying them one after one and rejecting them, including those designed or approved "by doctors." At last I remembered the brooks saddle on my old, stolen bike, and ordered a b17 model from chainreactioncycles.com, a UK firm with a large stock.

I paid 63 dollars and used the least expensive mailing option, for a grand total of $81 I think it was. What a relief, saddle-wise. Your mileage may vary, but I really haven't found anything that works as well. It was here within 10 days of ordering.

Last week I ordered a "British Racing Green" b67, for my other bike, a "comfort" bike. Thankfully the green is not hideous; about the same price. The turnaround time was only a week, with the same "Royal International" shipping, around $16. It was on sale perhaps because people shun a green saddle, but it's a reasonable-looking, rich dark green, tending to black in low light.

I paid 44 pounds sterling, and it was listed at only 38 the following day, so watch for the sale items and the favorable exchange if you're ordering from outside the UK.

Excellent experience. Not a paid testimonial. I am grinning after a long series of failed saddle experiments.

Chas.
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After 20 years' hiatus, I got into cycling again, and one of the things that happened was that I quickly accumulated a box of unsatisfactory saddles in my closet, trying them one after one and rejecting them, including those designed or approved "by doctors." At last I remembered the brooks saddle on my old, stolen bike, and ordered a b17 model from chainreactioncycles.com, a UK firm with a large stock.

I paid 63 dollars and used the least expensive mailing option, for a grand total of $81 I think it was. What a relief, saddle-wise. Your mileage may vary, but I really haven't found anything that works as well. It was here within 10 days of ordering.

Last week I ordered a "British Racing Green" b67, for my other bike, a "comfort" bike. Thankfully the green is not hideous; about the same price. The turnaround time was only a week, with the same "Royal International" shipping, around $16. It was on sale perhaps because people shun a green saddle, but it's a reasonable-looking, rich dark green, tending to black in low light.

I paid 44 pounds sterling, and it was listed at only 38 the following day, so watch for the sale items and the favorable exchange if you're ordering from outside the UK.

Excellent experience. Not a paid testimonial. I am grinning after a long series of failed saddle experiments.

Chas.
Seconded, got a free Brooks Imperial when they did that extensive test run, I was impressed. After a while though, began to think I didn't need the cutout. Found my local LBS has Brooks, a very pretty Honey B17 special called out to me, bought it last week, tried it, and the initial ride was so good, decided to fit it for a 200km + ride this weekend past. ( Ride to Cure Cancer ) Meant to pack the well run in Imperial as a back up, but forgot. The new, non run in Special provided excellent service. Not saying i was without any discomfort, when you get that tired, you slump on the saddle and there will be some shifting around. Any other would have been worse, and when I got off, I had no lasting impression. ( pun intended )

The Imperial is good as well. For me, I think the non cutout works better.
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Old 06-30-09, 10:17 PM   #3
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Yes, indeed.

Glad yours worked out as well. For some reason I find my b17 is actually an incentive to ride; it doesn't promise "comfort" as such. It is conspicuous by its absence underneath you, if you've had bad experiences with other saddles. As you say, they are pretty (though beauty's in the eye of the beholder). They're not light to say the least, and no saddle is going to work for everybody, but I won't ride anything else now. Of those rejected saddles I mentioned, some were just vaguely uncomfortable and others were authentic instruments of torture. The only other one that is just tolerable for me is a 25 year-old Selle Italia, about the same overall dimensions and shape as the b17, with a very dense, thick and firm foam covered with leather, having skirts on the side similar to the brooks.

I should perhaps have mentioned that the green brooks saddle is also dyed on the underside, and that side is pretty unsightly, but who sees it. It's a saddle anyway, not an art object. I've never understood all the break-in lore, either; never really needed it but I guess some do or think they do.
I don't know if you can beat those Chain Reaction prices. That b67 was at about 54 bucks one day. Isn't that around half what you pay from most places? Peddle on,
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Hello Bay Area Biker,

Earlier this year I purchased a Brooks B-190 saddle
from Chain Reaction got it for $95, it only took about
week get here. I'll buy from them again.

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