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Old 05-06-13, 02:09 PM   #1
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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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Exactly correct. I have touched mine once in 6 years, and that was barely 1/8 of a turn.
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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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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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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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