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Old 01-22-08, 09:26 PM   #1
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modified brooks b 17?

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a web site promises to modify your brooks to cut out a central channel selle anatomica. anyone tried this? good or bad things to say. i have always wondered if it would help on long rides
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Old 01-22-08, 10:03 PM   #2
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It's not needed on a Brooks-17: the way they're made present no pressing problems, e.g.,



The only bother on long rides are the ischial tuberosities.
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Old 01-23-08, 01:19 PM   #3
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Yes, Selle Anatomica will cut out the center of your Brooks. But, you should be aware that Selle Anatomica Titanico saddles are laminated. That is, they have an added layer of leather on the under side that strengthens the web and probably helps support the saddle when you cut out a large section of it. Titanico saddles are very fine products, as are Brooks. They will do a good job on the cutout. You might try writing to a gentlman I met a couple years ago at Seattle Bike Expo who had this done. I saw the saddle and it looked fine. I think his name is Tom and he manufactures a nifty ttype of touring kick-stand. His site is clickstand.com

EDIT: IMO, almost all pressure related problems on a leather saddle will be solved by small adjustments as you and the saddle get to know each other.
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I haven't done it, but here is someone who has and is willing to share the template.

Brooks converted to anatomic
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But, you should be aware that Selle Anatomica Titanico saddles are laminated. That is, they have an added layer of leather on the under side that strengthens the web and probably helps support the saddle when you cut out a large section of it.
I haven't ridden extensively in either saddle yet (I own a Brooks B 17 Champion Special and a Selle Anatomica Titanico LD Clydesdale). But I do know that the Titanico leather is significantly thinner and more supple than that of a Brooks (even on the more robust clydesdale model). I'd think that given proper care that a B 17 would hold up to a cut no problem. That being said. I wouldn't put it under the knife without making sure the saddle is actually broken in.
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The key thing is to adhere to the trim recomendations (check files on the Rivendell site if you don't have brooks info). If you have the correct horn height and are back on the saddle, you won't slide forward, where the pressure is shifted to your goods. Position the saddle properly and position yourself properly, and you should be fine.
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The key thing is to adhere to the trim recomendations (check files on the Rivendell site if you don't have brooks info). If you have the correct horn height and are back on the saddle, you won't slide forward, where the pressure is shifted to your goods. Position the saddle properly and position yourself properly, and you should be fine.
That's the best solution - proper saddle position.
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