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Old 07-31-09, 02:30 PM   #1
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Another Brooks Saddle Question

Well, I've juggled the numbers, considered whether or not a leaking roof is really that big a deal and daydreamed until I'm blue in the face but I'm afraid I've come to the conclusion that there's no way I can justify treating myself to a new bike right now. So, it's back to plan A, which is using my trusty hard tail mountain bike. I put smooth tires on it recently and it's turning out to be very comfortable on the roads although I haven't yet loaded it up.

As a consolation though, I'm thinking about splurging on a Brooks B17. Which naturally raises a question.

"If" I were to find a way to buy a proper touring bike, say next spring (my local LBS has a Surly LHT in my size right now, that I'm sure would love me as much as I love it, if only they would give it to me for free) would I be able to switch the Brooks from my MTB to the Touring Bike?

The reason I'm asking is that if over the next few months it molds itself to the contours of my butt, wouldn't the change of geometry affect where my curvy bits sit? In other words, would I need another Brooks saddle to go on the touring bike, because the first one only fits my butt when on the MTB.

Or am I over-thinking this? Advice appreciated.
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Old 07-31-09, 03:00 PM   #2
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Yeah, you're probably over-thinking it.

There's no clanging bell that signifies the end of the "break-in" period, transforming the saddle into an immutable piece of steel. Even if the butt-saddle interface on your new bike is radically different (seems unlikely), the Brooks will eventually come to know your new position just like it came to know your first one.

I suppose under extreme conditions (years of riding, riding it soaking wet, etc.) you could create some dimples that are unrecoverable, but at that point, it's probably no longer ideal on your mountain bike either.

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Old 07-31-09, 03:27 PM   #3
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I have a champion flyer that used to be on a hybrid before I got an lht.It was on the hybrid long enough to get good and broke in and there was no problem after I installed it on the lht.The geometry is different but my butt is still the same so it seemed to fit just fine,after awhile it did get a little more comfortable though,now I'm right at home with it.
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Great, thanks guys!
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I think you'd be safe unless you installed it with the pointy end facing back.
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Old 07-31-09, 05:30 PM   #6
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Or up, I suppose.
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I've switched saddles between road and mountain bikes more than once. No issues to report. I say go for the Brooks. I resisted the Brooks Kool-aid for years but finally bought a Champion Flyer for my tourer. It was far better than any of the other saddles I wasted money on (several). Then I bought a B-17 for my new "fast bike". I think it may even be more comfortable than the Champion Flyer! (And it's much lighter due to no heavy springs.)
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Old 08-03-09, 04:33 PM   #8
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Or up, I suppose.
yeah, over anal-yzing (is) the problem I would say

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Old 08-03-09, 06:14 PM   #9
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My Brooks Pro has been on 4 bikes, and it is still as uncomfortable as it always was!
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A bit off your topic, but a touring friend of mine used a MTB for years.
Last year I met a guy from Norway who was touring around the world on a MTB.
Road tires and a decent Butterfly trekking bar can turn a MTB into a very decent touring machine.
I only mention this because you used the term, "proper touring bike."
A new LHT (or other) is exciting, but in the mean time, hold your head high with your current touring steed.
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Yea, you're overthinking it. Just don't ever let anyone else sit on it...not even for a second.
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