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    First ride of the year on my new Brooks saddle...

    oh, my achin' sit bones! I bought a Brooks B-17 Champion Special and installed it on my road bike a few weeks ago. Yesterday was my first ride. I went 41-1/2 miles with about 3/4 of the ride being bad head winds and cross winds. I may have over did it. Today my butt is so sore. I had to stop about 2 miles out and adjust the nose of the seat up a notch because it felt like I was sliding forward a little and puttin pressure on my legs. I tilted it back and it was better but it doesn't look right. Just looks like the nose is too high. I had treated it with Proofide and figured it was slick because of that and maybe later I'd try lowering it again. Any thoughts on this? My next ride may have to be a tad bit shorter until me and the Brooks become one.

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    I you've been off the bike for a while, than any saddle can give you problems the first time out. I have perhaps 200 km on my B-17, and it still isn't 'broken in' per all the stuff I've read, but I don't find it uncomfortable.

    I had the sliding problem as well soon after I proofhided the thing, but now I sit fine on it.
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    Any more than about 3 weeks off the bike and I get a sore butt after the first ride back.

    I'd also think 40+ miles is a big ask on any new saddle... Give the Brooks a couple more rides (perhaps shorter) and I'm sure you'll be fine.

    Brooks saddles do tend to need to be tilted up a bit at the nose.

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    Just had my 2nd ride on my Brooks B17 today. It is a little different, but still feels good. I also like being able to slide back on it, without the shorts moving.

    This article seems to have some good advice about breaking in a new Brooks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bentley6
    oh, my achin' sit bones! I bought a Brooks B-17 Champion Special and installed it on my road bike a few weeks ago. Yesterday was my first ride. I went 41-1/2 miles with about 3/4 of the ride being bad head winds and cross winds. I may have over did it. Today my butt is so sore. I had to stop about 2 miles out and adjust the nose of the seat up a notch because it felt like I was sliding forward a little and puttin pressure on my legs. I tilted it back and it was better but it doesn't look right. Just looks like the nose is too high. I had treated it with Proofide and figured it was slick because of that and maybe later I'd try lowering it again. Any thoughts on this? My next ride may have to be a tad bit shorter until me and the Brooks become one.

    Mark
    Seems most everyone has that sliding off feeling, I tried the nose up attitude for a five mile commute. I lowered it back down slightly as soon as I got to work. It fits fine now, but yeah it seems like the nose is low, my butt sits into the saddle more now than before its breaking in the saddle that is. When the nose was up hitting bumps was not hard on my butt, rather the area slightly forward of that region. I would take the time to adjust the angle, carry the allen wrench you need ride for a while and experiment with the angle.

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