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    tips on brooks saddle break in?

    Anyone have any tips or tricks for breaking in a brooks saddle. I know they have the proofhide, but is there any other tips or methods anyone has used to help the process? Thanks

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    ride it

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    just ride a lot. don't mess with those quick break-in methods, but if you want to make it fast get one of the pre-softened ones they sell (unless you already bought it in which case you should refer to the 1st part)

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
    dishwasher
    +1

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    lol @ dishwasher (Please do not do that...)

    Ride it. Proofide it as per directions, and/or follow Sheldon Browns' sage advice (http://www.sheldonbrown.com). Ride it.

    Then ride it some more.

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    Go on long rides with them. I'm only now starting to break mine in after about a year. Granted, I only now started riding it any long distances (several times a week for an hour or so for training) instead of just cruising around town.
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    I over-greased both of my Brooks saddles (Ti-Swift and B17) and it neither accelerated the break-in nor softened the leather.

    I found that tilting the nose of the saddle up just a little more than normal, and experimenting with the fore and aft positioning made the saddle more comfortable.

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    RIDE RIDE RIDE. Mine took about a month of daily commuting to get real nice. I profided with 2 heavy coats upon purchase and once again after the first 2 weeks. I also broke mine in during winter and the rain sped things along. But at the sime time I've already had to re-tension both the bolt and my stitching but it's dialed in now. As said above I was surprised at how high I had to get the nose to get proper fit, and I would definitely suggest a seat post with micro adjustment like a thomson, I wouldn't ride a brooks without one! finally I found that I was focusing on how it was breaking in as I was riding and then noticed it way more (though I was testing for brooks and kinda had to) I wouldn't suggest this because you will notice it a ton for the first month or so. Bottom line, ride it a ton and play with your positioning.

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    Also make sure you're not sitting too far back. Don't be sitting on the rivets.

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