Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    N_C
    N_C is offline
    Banned. N_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Bannation, forever.
    Posts
    2,887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Brooks seat for recumbents.

    I never had a Brooks saddle when I had my wedgie. After all the talk about them on the forums I got to thinking about a Brooks seat for recumbents. Would that not be a bad idea? A recumbent seat that breaks in to the riders body shape? The pad could still be used & the Brooks leather part would be the seat part you sit on. The back would still be the material it is now for recumbents, depending on which make/model you have. It would almost be like a horse saddle.

    Or is this not a good idea?

  2. #2
    Recumbent Ninja
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    2,136
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I can only imagine how bad it would stink....

  3. #3
    rebmeM roineS JanMM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    My Bikes
    RANS V3, RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
    Posts
    11,419
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What I like about the Recumbent sub-forum, and also BentRiderOnline, is that I can come here, or there, and not have to read about Brooks saddles. And now you done went and mentioned Brooks saddles.

  4. #4
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,019
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How would you get it to 'form?' Support it all the way around the perimeter and let it stretch? Attach it in the middle and let it sag everywhere? Even if I saw a problem that needed fixing, I don't think a leather seat base would be the solution. Some people like fabric bases, though; even a heavy nylon fabric has a bit of give to it.

  5. #5
    N_C
    N_C is offline
    Banned. N_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Bannation, forever.
    Posts
    2,887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just the part your ass contacts would be the Brooks leather part. It would probably be the basic shape that the seat that is on the 'bent. Over time, like with a wedgie bike saddle or a horse saddle it would break in & form to your specific body shape.

  6. #6
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,019
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Um... My V-Rex has 3 inches of upholstery foam on the seat base. Leather underneath that wouldn't have any function at all. I'm not seeing how it would 'form' without some uncomfortable initial pressure somewhere. Is there a specific 'bent that you think would benefit?

  7. #7
    N_C
    N_C is offline
    Banned. N_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Bannation, forever.
    Posts
    2,887
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BlazingPedals
    Um... My V-Rex has 3 inches of upholstery foam on the seat base. Leather underneath that wouldn't have any function at all. I'm not seeing how it would 'form' without some uncomfortable initial pressure somewhere. Is there a specific 'bent that you think would benefit?
    All recumbents perhaps. the foam would be under the leather, not the leather under the foam. Once the leather was broken in it would hold it's shape & the foam would shape to it.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    IL-USA
    Posts
    1,607
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by N_C
    ...I got to thinking about a Brooks seat for recumbents....
    I doubt there would be much benefit, if any.
    I never found leather saddles to be any significant improvement over regular hard-shell saddles.

    As I have seen it--many of the same people who insist that a bicycle with a Brooks is perfectly comfortable, are also the ones who've never tried a recumbent in any practical capacity.
    ~

  9. #9
    Senior Member BlazingPedals's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Middle of da Mitten
    My Bikes
    Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
    Posts
    7,019
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The closest parallel I can think of for the bent world is the Corbin seat on Burleys - which was less than successful. And EasyRacers originally put leather seats on TourEasys, but soon replaced it with lycra. Nope, I can't see leather being useful for anything except S&M purposes. And we ride bents to get away from that!

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    12
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've got a Brooks saddle on my hardtail MTB (combined with a Thudbuster). On a DF bike, that combination provides me with the maximum comfort possible, and it does so because on a DF, the seat is small and makes contact with the body over a very small area. It needs to support a lot of weight and does a good job of it.

    However, on a recumbent, the seat area is MUCH greater. My mesh seat supports my weight without undue pressure on a small part of my body. There is absolutely no reason to replace any part of it with leather which will mould to my body form, since the mesh already does that each time I lie on it.

    Whilst I'm a big fan of my Brooks saddle (it solves a problem on the DF bike), that problem simply does not exist on the 'bent.

    Cheers,
    Graeme

    (Doug5150 - great generalisation, but you see it wrongly .... Don't assume that your experience answers the question of comfort for everybody else.)

  11. #11
    Dr.Deltron
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by N_C
    Or is this not a good idea?
    Not any better than using a lawn chair for the drivers seat in a 308GTS!

    If a "wedgie" saddle were a good idea, it would have been done already.

    Sometimes, "outside the box" is only air.

  12. #12
    Senior Member Paul L.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Arizona, USA
    My Bikes
    Mercier Corvus (commuter), Fila Taos (MTB), Trek 660(Got frame for free and put my LeMans Centurian components on it)
    Posts
    2,601
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug5150

    As I have seen it--many of the same people who insist that a bicycle with a Brooks is perfectly comfortable, are also the ones who've never tried a recumbent in any practical capacity.
    ~
    My roadie has a brooks on it and on rides over 5 hours the brooks was indeed more comfortable than the other seats I had tried. I still ride it periodically. The Strada gets the majority of miles though, it has the carbon m5 and I find it perfectly comfortable.
    Sunrise saturday,
    I was biking the backroads,
    lost in the moment.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •