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xtrajack 05-06-13 02:09 PM

Tensioning a Brooks saddle
 
How do you know when you need to tension a Brooks saddle?
All I got from the paperwork that came with it was: Not often, Not much.

demoncyclist 05-06-13 02:11 PM

Exactly correct. I have touched mine once in 6 years, and that was barely 1/8 of a turn.

Ekdog 05-06-13 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by demoncyclist (Post 15595049)
Exactly correct. I have touched mine once in 6 years, and that was barely 1/8 of a turn.

I've got one of these:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=315134

Do they require more tightening?

pdlamb 05-06-13 02:47 PM

Once I get a saddle situated correctly, it feels good for a long time (6 months to 2 years). When I start to feel pressure on my crotch, or feel the rivets in the back, it's time for tensioning. It's usually a matter of tightening until I feel some back pressure on the Special Brooks Tensioning Tool (aka wierd wrench), about 1/8 - 3/8 turn.

Machka 05-06-13 06:38 PM

When the saddle is broken in so much that you feel like you're sitting on the rails, then you might think about tensioning your Brooks.

I had my first Brooks 5 years, and had ridden it in all sorts of conditions, before that happened. And then, as mentioned, just about 1/8 of a turn.

Velo Dog 05-06-13 07:25 PM

What everybody else says. I have three B-17s and a Pro, from about four to 15 years old, and I weigh 240. I think I've tensioned one of the B-17s once, and it has 10,000 miles or so on it.

JohnDThompson 05-06-13 08:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Machka (Post 15596112)
When the saddle is broken in so much that you feel like you're sitting on the rails, then you might think about tensioning your Brooks.

+1 this.

I have half a dozen Brooks saddles dating from 1967 to 1995 and have yet to tension any of them.

rekmeyata 05-06-13 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by demoncyclist (Post 15595049)
Exactly correct. I have touched mine once in 6 years, and that was barely 1/8 of a turn.

I agree, but I think it depends on body weight and which Brooks saddle. I weigh 163 and I only adjust my B17 maybe once every 5 to 7 years about an 1/8th of turn; however my Swift which uses thinner leather I adjust about every 3 to 5 years about 1/8th of a turn. A clydesdale person may have to do it more frequently. The instructions recommends once a year but I haven't ever needed to that.

Winnershcyclist 05-08-13 04:25 PM

Mines two years old and feels taught so guess you only fix when broken i.e.loose


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