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Old 04-16-08, 12:28 PM   #1
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Are brooks saddles all that they are hyped up to be? Do they really get all that comfy after a while? or is just a fashion thing? Also what do you think are the best saddles around now for comfort?
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Old 04-16-08, 12:30 PM   #2
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Heavier than most.

Comfy for some.

Not comfy for others.

Apparently murder for cows.
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Are brooks saddles all that they are hyped up to be?
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Do they really get all that comfy after a while?
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or is just a fashion thing?
since the 1800s? does fashion last that long?
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Also what do you think are the best saddles around now for comfort?
Brooks for me, but everyone is different, some people hate them
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I feel more comfortable on my brooks than my couch. But they are heavy and don't look the best on some bikes (though they are the complete sex on many), spendy, if you are concerned with animal stuff it isn't a vegan option, and they do take a bit more care than some other saddles (ie you can't leave them in the rain all the time and may need to condition it occasionally though you can go without if you wish. I'm a huge fan for some of my more comfortable bikes and commuters but if my intent is to be fast and sleek I go elsewhere.
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Are brooks saddles all that they are hyped up to be?
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or is just a fashion thing?
Probably not, they're leather - and leather is a touchy subject with those that don't like meat in their mouth. They look good, but I'm not convinced they're a fashion item.

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I'd recommend a B-17 - the two I have are beautiful, I'd recommend them completely if you don't care about weight.
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Hate them.
Ugly, heavy, and require special care, qualities I avoid when shopping for components.
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You're face is murder... and what? Sorry...

Anyway, is it really "murder"? I'll admit it's killing. But I never really hear somebody say, "oh man, this bear murdered five people at a campsite, this weekend". Maybe I'm just being semantical. Maybe Brooks is mauling, orrrrrr anhialation! Yeah, Brooks is anhialation! Tight.
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quick technical note: saddles, not seats.
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Brooks is over-rated. There are a tonne of other good saddles out there for every ass.
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Murder is the unlawful death of a PERSON, cows are not people. Brooks doesn't slaughter cows specifically for their hides like the meat industry does for their meat. Brooks saddles are awesome, give it a rest!
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You're face is murder... and what? Sorry...

Anyway, is it really "murder"? I'll admit it's killing. But I never really hear somebody say, "oh man, this bear murdered five people at a campsite, this weekend". Maybe I'm just being semantical. Maybe Brooks is mauling, orrrrrr anhialation! Yeah, Brooks is anhialation! Tight.
It's murder to the people that consider the consumption of animal products murder. Not that I am one of those persons. Really though your analogy doesn't equate because the production of a saddle (and the subsequent death necessary for its creation) is done for an entirely different set of reasons than a bear killing humans. At least I assume so, the bear probably wasn't making them into saddles, of course if he was then it would change.


But whether or not either action is legitimate is relative to the person passing judgement.


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I would say my brooks saddle is significantly more comfortable than my other saddles, but I do not ride a fizik which is rumored to be the bee's knee's.
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Brooks is over-rated. There are a tonne of other good saddles out there for every ass.
I wish I could find one. I've only been able to ride over a 100 miles on a Brooks or Belt leather saddle. I've tried a handful other saddles and none of them provide the comfort of well-worn leather. Plus, I scored 3 leather saddles (b-15, belt, and "mystery" saddle) for $2 each from an old dude (also got a old chrome tange fork (uncut) for $5).
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Brooks is self-defense, you ever hear of mad cows?

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I wish I could find one. I've only been able to ride over a 100 miles on a Brooks or Belt leather saddle. I've tried a handful other saddles and none of them provide the comfort of well-worn leather. Plus, I scored 3 leather saddles (b-15, belt, and "mystery" saddle) for $2 each from an old dude (also got a old chrome tange fork (uncut) for $5).
If it works for you, that's great.

I just get sick of people saying they are the best thing in the world and that they are a magic bullet that cures cancer and keeps vampires at bay. Everybody's ass is different.
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I bought a B-17 and when I first plopped down on it I was so incredibly pissed at my waste of 90 dollars. After about two weeks of riding, I guess it is the "breaking in period" I can safety say that it the most comfortable saddle I own.
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Yes. I'm getting to test the new brooks with a cutout that cures aids.
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Brooks are great. Whenever I'm on a long ride my legs give up long before my arse.
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one thing i noticed when switching to a "regular" seat was the amount of power i lost in my stroke by not having a stiffer seat to pull up on my strokes. or maybe i have it wrong... but now having a stiff-base seat feels a lot better IMO. i loved my brooks but now i love my selle italia san marco gel!
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one thing i noticed when switching to a "regular" seat was the amount of power i lost in my stroke by not having a stiffer seat to pull up on my strokes.
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one thing i noticed when switching to a "regular" seat was the amount of power i lost in my stroke by not having a stiffer seat to pull up on my strokes. or maybe i have it wrong... but now having a stiff-base seat feels a lot better IMO. i loved my brooks but now i love my selle italia san marco gel!
i totally noticed the same thing. i felt like i was bouncing around a little bit.
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If it works for you, that's great.

I just get sick of people saying they are the best thing in the world and that they are a magic bullet that cures cancer and keeps vampires at bay. Everybody's ass is different.
I haven't had any vampire problems the entire time I've owned my Brooks saddle.

I also have a rock that keeps away the tigers. You don't see any tigers, do you?
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Yes. I'm getting to test the new brooks with a cutout that cures aids.
Me Too!! did you get yours yet? I ot my tracking and it should be here firday
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