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Old 03-05-07, 02:48 PM   #1
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Terry Liberator

I've been trying to break in a Brooks B17 for 850 miles and it's killing me. I just picked up a Terry Liberator and I took it out for a short ride ( 10 miles ) and it didn't feel to bad. Has anybody here toured with a Terry? I just can't believe the Brooks is the only saddle for touring.Thanks for any replys, George
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Old 03-05-07, 03:02 PM   #2
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I use a Liberator saddle (Ti version). I've done century rides, Ragbrai, and unsupported touring on it. No complaints. Total of maybe 2500 miles.
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I put a Liberator on my bike a couple weeks before our 2800 mile tour in 2005 and never noticed it. Which is the the best thing you can say about a saddle, in my opinion. Note also that it didn't need much if any breaking-in.

I also got a Brooks that I'll put on my new touring bike, I have about the same mileage on it as yours. I hope to get it broken in at some point.... The Liberator has a thin leather covering, so I don't expect it to last as long as the Brooks. But for comfort, I'm happy with the Terry.

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Terry makes a great saddle-- if Brooks doesn't fit you, Terry would be my second choice.

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Old 03-05-07, 04:46 PM   #5
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I just came back from a short spin and my butt is killing me. I stopped every 2 blocks to try minute adjustments and nothing felt good. Anyhow thanks for the responses, I'm headed for the Hill Country and I really was hoping the Brooks would work, but so far the Terry is going to go instead.
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George the liberator bothered you during the short spin?
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Sorry, wording was bad. The Liberator felt good and I'll be riding it for a while to see how it feels on longer rides. I'll probably know by the end of the week.
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I've used both and prefer the Brooks. Granted, you have to break in the Brooks properly...or in my case improperly. Leave it out all night in a gentle rain then ride 70 miles the next day in wet gear.
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You know that's not be a bad idea. They're just going to sit on the self anyway.
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I'd just ride on the Liberator and trade the Brooks for something else. Post a note at the LBS if they'll let you.
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The Liberator is comfortable but not so much after 50 miles of riding. However, I'm able to go much longer if a suspension seat post is attached along with the Liberator.
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