I don't know where to post this, but i figured here would be the best place to start.
I've got two bikes - one steel road bike, one aluminum commuter/tourer.
Both have Brooks saddle (B17 and Flyer, respectively).
The Flyer is the newer addition, has about 600 miles on it. The B17 is about 3.5K miles old.
The problem is with the B17, which used to be on the commuter, then moved over to the roadie, as i bought me a Flyer.
I have a chronic adjustment issue with it - either i set it level, which feels great in the groin(well not great, but you know what i mean ) but because i keep sliding forward, there's alot more pressure on my hands - which leads to cramped muscles(upper back, trapezoids, triceps); OR i tilt the nose up, and then the hands and back feel fine, but the groin area is pressured beyond acceptable levels.
It seems that what's causing the problem is the fact that after a while, once a Brooks is broken in, it develops a sort of "hammocky" profile, where the middle (where you sit) is significantly lower than the nose or the steel ramp.
Now, before you ask, the saddle is tensioned, not sagging , and has been properly broken in, including Proofide.
Some additional info - When i try a totally level saddle (Selle San Marco SKN and some Fuji with Ti rails) the problems go away. Hands and groin are happy. BUT, on a ride that's longer than a couple of hours(most are), the sit-bones begin to wail.
And that's another thing - How come i still get pretty bad butt-pain with my B17?I went on a two day audax ride on Fri and Sat (Fri. - 160 miles, Sat. - 110 miles), and the second part of both days was accompanied by constant pain where there should be no pain with a Brooks - the sit bones!
Thanks for your help.