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Old 02-06-07, 11:38 PM   #1
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Brooks B17 Standard or Narrow... what's the difference?

I am going to buy a Brooks B17 for my touring bike, but I'm not sure what the difference is between the "standard" and "narrow" other than one is wider than the other. Does anyone have experience riding one or the other?

In case it matters, my saddle is approximately level with my handlebar height.

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* B-17 Narrow: Size: 152 X 280mm
* B-17 Standard: Size: 170 X 280mm
http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/standardsaddles.html

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Old 02-06-07, 11:42 PM   #2
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You need to measure the distance between your sit bones, those boney pertrusions on each side of your butt cheek. Then give that measurement to the person selling the Brooks and they should be able to tell you which saddle will fit you best.
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Old 02-06-07, 11:45 PM   #3
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I am going to buy a Brooks B17 for my touring bike, but I'm not sure what the difference is between the "standard" and "narrow" other than one is wider than the other. Does anyone have experience riding one or the other?

In case it matters, my saddle is approximately level with my handlebar height.

Thanks
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That is the entire difference. Check the Wallingford website to find out how much of a difference it is.
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Old 02-07-07, 02:03 PM   #4
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Get a cardboard box. Cut off the four flaps. Stack them. Sit on them with your knees slightly higher than you hip joints. Stay there for about 20 minutes (watch the news, although I doubt anyone can actually get twenty minutes of news).

When you get up, you'll have a perfect indentation of your ischial tuberosities, the sitbones. Measure center-to-center. If you can more or less place that dimension in a centered spot on the saddle, go for that saddle. If your sitbones get within, say, 3/4" of the edge radius, then it's a crap-shoot as to whether you will get a comfortable form out of it. My 17's are very much at the edge of that criteria as my ischials are a bit on the wide side. For me, a 67 is best for long rides.

You don't want to be sitting on the steel horse-shoe frame that supports the rear of the saddle. Ya just can't form that...
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