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stevekk 06-20-12 07:29 AM

Help needed on selecting a Brooks Saddle.
 
Can anyone give me a suggestion of purchasing a middle of the road..new or used Brooks Saddle.
Not for a 10 speed,
but for a 3 speed cruiser and a dirt bike.
And not too expensive. Maybe 50-100 bucks. Is that enough?
Maybe even the "imitations" would be OK.
I haven't a clue about Brooks !! So many to pick from.

PS. but I did have one on my old Schwinn Super Sport.

Russcoles11 06-20-12 07:50 AM

A B68 (unsprung) or B67 (sprung) would seem to be the ones you need to look at.
Also consider looking at Lepper saddles which are Dutch leather saddles that use mattress springs instead of tensioned leather. A lepper saddle will cost less than a Brooks and doesn't need to be broken in. It took me over 1000 miles on my Brooks flyer to make it more comfortable then the Lepper Weltmeister on my other bike, the Brooks is however more comfortable now than the Lepper ever will be.

Nightshade 06-20-12 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevekk (Post 14380962)
Can anyone give me a suggestion of purchasing a middle of the road..new or used Brooks Saddle.
Not for a 10 speed,
but for a 3 speed cruiser and a dirt bike.
And not too expensive. Maybe 50-100 bucks. Is that enough?
Maybe even the "imitations" would be OK.
I haven't a clue about Brooks !! So many to pick from.

PS. but I did have one on my old Schwinn Super Sport.


I ride the Brooks B33 since I'm so heavy (300+lbs ) but any one of the sprung saddles will do a good job for rider weights under 250lbs.

If you buy a Brooks , or any other leather saddle, make sure that you carry a shower cap along to keep it dry in the rain.

http://www.brooksengland.com/catalog...26+heavy+duty/

TIP: to "season" a leather saddle quicker cover it with a towel then beat the snot out of it with a good RUBBER mallet.

The idea is to stretch the hide fibers and break down some of the bonding that makes tanned leather so stiff.

fietsbob 06-21-12 12:55 AM

These days, entry level Brooks is about $100, not $50...

stevekk 06-21-12 07:18 AM

thanks everyone... 100 bucks is OK.
Will start looking. Maybe a used one?

ThermionicScott 06-21-12 09:50 AM

Used saddles can be a crapshoot, especially older ones. If it's dried-out and ready to crack, you may not see it in the eBay pictures. A new Brooks is a fantastic deal, because with proper care, the cost per mile is super-low.

Doohickie 06-21-12 11:06 AM

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Originally Posted by stevekk (Post 14385802)
thanks everyone... 100 bucks is OK.
Will start looking. Maybe a used one?

I got this one used for far less than $100, but that was getting lucky. It's about the right kind of saddle for you, though.

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...n/103_4535.jpg

I would try to find one locally, though, so you can see it in person before handing over money, for the reason ThermionicScott mentions.

stevekk 06-25-12 07:19 AM

What do you all think of this one?
B66 for $110 shipped thru Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Brooks-Saddles...rds=brooks+b66

Doohickie 06-25-12 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stevekk (Post 14380962)
Can anyone give me a suggestion of purchasing a middle of the road..new or used Brooks Saddle.
Not for a 10 speed,
but for a 3 speed cruiser and a dirt bike.
And not too expensive. Maybe 50-100 bucks. Is that enough?
Maybe even the "imitations" would be OK.
I haven't a clue about Brooks !! So many to pick from.

PS. but I did have one on my old Schwinn Super Sport.

Here ya go. You won't find a better deal.

Ultraspontane 06-26-12 12:23 AM

Hey OP, I've got a very low mileage vintage Brooks B-72 that I'm willing to part with. Send me a PM if you are interested (you need 50 posts to send a PM).

stevekk 07-02-12 07:11 AM

How much $. I might be interested.

bikemig 07-02-12 07:14 AM

Get one of the single railed ones because they work on modern seatposts. I have a B-72 and a 73 both of which are double railed and they are kind of useless unless I go out and find the right seatpost. Also velo orange sells leather saddles at pretty attractive prices.

wahoonc 07-02-12 07:24 AM

Hit up Ebay and look for Wallbike. They sell returned saddles and you can usually get them for about 65% of a new one. Of if you aren't sure you want one, you can order a new one from Wallbike and they have a no questions asked 6 month return policy. In the case of the bike you are describing the B-66/67 would be the best choice. The B66 is double rail for a straight post and clamp the B67 is for modern single rail micro adjust posts.

Aaron :)

ironwood 07-02-12 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by bikemig (Post 14430782)
Get one of the single railed ones because they work on modern seatposts. I have a B-72 and a 73 both of which are double railed and they are kind of useless unless I go out and find the right seatpost. Also velo orange sells leather saddles at pretty attractive prices.

You can buy an adapter that will permit you to use a double rail saddle on a single rail seat post. I think, but am not sure they are made by Wheels Mfg, and they might be called sandwiches. Also there are two types, since not all seat posts are the same.

bikemig 07-02-12 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by ironwood (Post 14431032)
You can buyan adapter that will permit you to use a double rail saddle on a single rail seat post. I think, but am not sure they are made by Wheels Mfg, and they might be called sandwhiches. Also there are two types, since not all seat posts are the same.

Very cool, good to know since I own two of those things. This looks to be the piece: http://www.benscycle.net/index.php?m...f2e50e9f4d3a5c

ironwood 07-02-12 08:31 AM

The photo on Doohickey's post shows an adapter.

reveolution 03-13-13 11:27 AM

I think the us of use mattress spring is good in contrast to i tensioned leather.I have personally experience with both but I was more then happy while using mattress spring.
Thanks for such a nice stuff to all of you.





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stevekk 03-18-13 07:17 AM

Thanks.... I am still looking for a Brooks.
Entry level. Anybody got a good link w/ a good price?

fietsbob 03-18-13 11:02 AM

Good price ?, .. see what you can win, used, at auction.


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