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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-04-08, 12:06 AM   #1
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Why brooks saddles?

What's so great about them?
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Old 10-04-08, 12:10 AM   #2
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mostly the murder
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psb - Please click on Search the Forums (it's at the top) and then search "Brooks".

You will be overwhelmed with information that has already been posted in this and many other BF forums.
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Old 10-04-08, 12:39 AM   #5
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"Why Brooks?" thread # 1,000
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Old 10-04-08, 12:58 AM   #6
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1. Durability
2. Classic look
3. Very comfortable for many people (mostly the wider ones like B17 and B68 models)

I had one for over 25 years, and it could have been good for another 25. Certain models are almost a guaranteed comfort, but it's usually the wider ones, as they feel like benches or barstools; the slender models like the Swift and the Swallow seem to be a hit-and-miss for various people. You'll also note that many people here do not like them for their hardness, but the barstool down at St. Stephen's Pub is pretty hard, too, and I find myself able to sit on it for hours . Other people find that the Brooks saddles require too much care, but to some people that little bit of extra care is the thing that makes it special, as if the Brooks is a living element on the bike.

You'll have to read more about it (with a search), and come to your own conclusion.

Good luck.
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Why not?
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Brooks FTW!
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comfort. aesthetics. Ive had the same swift on various bikes for 3-4 years now and its good and settled in. my sit bones have a resting spot and the leather has a fair amount of give and flex to it to take the harshness out of the ride. Sometimes I think my tire pressure is low, and then I just remember my saddle is really comfortable. they're not for everyone, but they work for me.
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comfort. aesthetics. Ive had the same swift on various bikes for 3-4 years now and its good and settled in. my sit bones have a resting spot and the leather has a fair amount of give and flex to it to take the harshness out of the ride. Sometimes I think my tire pressure is low, and then I just remember my saddle is really comfortable. they're not for everyone, but they work for me.
Does Pacific Bikes carry them? A couple of times I went there during my lunch and didn't see any.
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Old 10-04-08, 10:47 AM   #13
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i dunno if pac bikes has them...
boxdog does (14th and guerrero) or freewheel
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kringle - sometimes but not often. can get them though.
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The best place I have found to get them is Bike Island [I don't work there...]. The price was around $65, with no tax and free shipping.
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im biased but...

(support your local shop)

the more expensive brooks saddles (besides having a nicer profile or titanium rails) use better qualities of leather that break in more evenly.
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Old 10-04-08, 01:58 PM   #17
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I've had my Team Pro for only a few months but everyday it gets better and better. I'm a heavier rider too, so that can only help the breaking in process hah.

Sitting on a saddle will never be as comfortable as sitting on a couch, but it's a whole new world once you get to that point where you almost forget your sitting on a saddle.
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I am Mr. Brooks.
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Anyone here tried Selle An-atomica? http://www.mcmwin.com/
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