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    Brooks saddle rub damaging shorts

    Hello,

    I recently bought a really nice pair of Giordana cycling shorts for my wife and she also finally found a saddle that works for her, a Brooks B17. Unfortunately, after 2 or 3 approximately 15 mile rides, we've noticed that her inner thigh rubs against the bottom of the "flaps" on the side of the saddle and is causing her shorts to get worn down much faster than seems normal. I got her a B17 special from wallingford bikes, the one with the chamfered edges.

    I'm trying to figure out if the chamfering is what's doing it (since the smooth leather doesn't cause any damage further up on the short) and if so, if I got her a model without the chamfering I'm still concerned because the "edge" of the leather further back (without chamfering) is still "rough" like the chamfered spot and her leg seems to rub along the bottom of the leather flap slightly on each pedal stroke as well. I've proofrided it for a second time today (first was a week ago) and am thinking about maybe trying beeswax or something.

    If anyone has some advice for a model that might not have this problem, or swapped for a non-chamfered saddle that solved the same problem, any advice would be great!

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    The only comment I can make is that the problem isn't in the proofhiding, and using something else isn't going to help. I don't think changing the tension is going to matter, but it's free, so you might try that.
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    Lace it!

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    Had the same problem. Came to the same solution. I thought it was just me though as I put over 200 on it a week.

    just lace it up and it will be history. Took me two Gore shorts and talking with a nothing member while on a trip to figure it out.
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    Pardon my ignorance, but isn't lacing something you do if you "butcher" or "chop" the saddle? Is this what you're recommending?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Usually, lacing just laces the bottom of the skirts on both sides together. Again, usually, this is done to tighten the saddle of a Brooks when there is no adjustment left. Anyway, yeah, that might work. Not even Wallingford is going to take it back for credit, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eavonius View Post
    Hello,

    I recently bought a really nice pair of Giordana cycling shorts for my wife and she also finally found a saddle that works for her, a Brooks B17. Unfortunately, after 2 or 3 approximately 15 mile rides, we've noticed that her inner thigh rubs against the bottom of the "flaps" on the side of the saddle and is causing her shorts to get worn down much faster than seems normal. I got her a B17 special from wallingford bikes, the one with the chamfered edges.

    I'm trying to figure out if the chamfering is what's doing it (since the smooth leather doesn't cause any damage further up on the short) and if so, if I got her a model without the chamfering I'm still concerned because the "edge" of the leather further back (without chamfering) is still "rough" like the chamfered spot and her leg seems to rub along the bottom of the leather flap slightly on each pedal stroke as well. I've proofrided it for a second time today (first was a week ago) and am thinking about maybe trying beeswax or something.

    If anyone has some advice for a model that might not have this problem, or swapped for a non-chamfered saddle that solved the same problem, any advice would be great!
    Nope! What wears your cycling shorts is the labeling on the nose of the saddle. It may be smooth, but it isn't smooth enough..
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    Lacing sounds like it might help to me, too, but it probably depends on where the chafing is taking place. Is she sitting in the right spot on the saddle, with her sit bones at the widest part? It always takes me some fiddling to get the angle right on a B17 (I have three of them).
    You might also trim a couple of millimeters off the bottom edge of the saddle to see of that gains some clearance. I've never tried it, but I weigh 240 and the B17 supports me for years. Unless you're wife's a massive woman, taking off a little leather probably won't hurt.

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    She's 125 pounds.

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    IMO the problem may not be the saddle, but the shorts instead. I have a pair of Giordana bibs and although they are very comfortable and a pleasure to wear, they are very thin and seem quite fragile. I wouldn't lace, adjust or otherwise mess up a saddle to save a pair of shorts with an admittedly short life span.
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    Wait a sec...

    I thought the whole purpose in owning a brooks is so that you don't have to look like a walking condom...

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