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

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    Do they require more tightening?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demoncyclist View Post
    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.

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

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