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Originally Posted by slyrx7
Hello everybody, I've recently received my new Surly LHT and I'm anxious to get it on the road. I've been researching accessories and noticed that a dominant number of touring bikes I've seen have a Brooks saddle attached to it. I can say I've been through a few on my Fuji Roubaix and haven't been too impressed yet. I'm just wondering what the advantages/disadvantages are to the Brooks B-17 or Flyer models. Obvously they are on the heavy side, but I'd rather be comfortable and heavy than in pain and light. Any input would be greatly appreciated because I don't want to drop any more coin on endless pain
A saddle can't be chosen by words.....they all sound great on paper. It's trial and error.
Brooks saddles.... most hate them or love them. They are just another saddle, not some miracle device.
As stated, if you have a LBS that allows saddle tryouts , do that. If you don't have that choice, choose your online places wisely. As stated, Wallbike is good for Brooks. Nashbar, Performance and REI are good for various plastic ones as they have a no hassle return policy.
I've tried all sorts, including the B-17. Not my cup of tea. The rails are too short for tall people, and the hardness under my sit bones set me on a road to bicycling he!!. It wasn't something I'd have gotten used to.
Some like the sloping sides, some like the flat backed ones. An example of a flat backed saddle is the Lookin MOD saddle made by Selle Royal. It's about 6-1/2 inches wide. Very supportive of the sit bones for my rear.
One's poison, is another's passion, and vice versa. Anatomies vary a lot. It's really up to you to find what works. Yeah... it can be a PITA......but you'll find one.