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    Which saddle cover for a Brooks 17?

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...6?query=brooks

    They have a medium and a large - any suggestions on which I could get for a B17 regular?

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    google is your friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vegenaise View Post
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    I recommend a plastic bag. That way you won't feel like an idiot after you lose it by forgetting it on the roof of a parked car, like I did.
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    Ya I lost mine in a similar vein. Its also just one more thing that you need to remember which pannier you put it in so you can throw it on real fast. Plastic bags work for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yan View Post
    I recommend a plastic bag. That way you won't feel like an idiot after you lose it by forgetting it on the roof of a parked car, like I did.
    Exactly- just stop at a store before you make it to the campground and get a free plastic bag. Stow it in your tool bag in the morning. Should last for many nights. Low on style points however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yan View Post
    I recommend a plastic bag. That way you won't feel like an idiot after you lose it by forgetting it on the roof of a parked car, like I did.
    +1

    A plastic bag has work for me for many, many years.

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    I've used a plastic bag and a shower cap on my Brooks- all are OK.
    However one day I was in a store that had the actual Brooks covers; I got a medium
    and a large.
    Use the medium on B-17 and Imperial.
    Large I use on the B-68.
    The Brooks cover stays in place better than a plastic bag, when I transport my bike by car
    it doesn't flap in the breeze like the bag or cap did. Glad I got them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martianone View Post
    I've used a plastic bag and a shower cap on my Brooks- all are OK.
    However one day I was in a store that had the actual Brooks covers; I got a medium
    and a large.
    Use the medium on B-17 and Imperial.
    Large I use on the B-68.
    The Brooks cover stays in place better than a plastic bag, when I transport my bike by car
    it doesn't flap in the breeze like the bag or cap did. Glad I got them.
    This is a good point- my plastic bag would be shredded if I tried to use it while transporting my bike. Which would only be an issue in the rain, but could happen. May look into buying a proper cover. Thnx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...6?query=brooks

    They have a medium and a large - any suggestions on which I could get for a B17 regular?
    Found this:

    Brooks Saddle Cover (Medium)

    Brooks Rain Cover protects your Leather Saddle from moisture. If a wet saddle is ridden not only the colour may stain your clothing, but the leather top may easily deform.

    The Rain Cover is available in 2 sizes:

    MEDIUM
    for all road, mtb, trekking and touring saddles (Team Pro, B17,...)


    LARGE
    for all city, transport and heavy duty saddles (B66, B33,...)

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    Also found this (from Velo Orange's site):

    "This Brooks saddle cover keeps the sun and most of the rain off your saddle. It's not totally waterproof. It fits most Brooks saddles, but not the very wide sprung saddles."

    Which causes me to wonder:

    Since it's not waterproof, what good is it?

    Now I'm re-thinking whether I want it or not. I'd pictured using it to keep the leather saddle dry from rain and condensation. Looks like it would be a good sun cover and maybe enough to keep condensation from touching it- but not rainproof. Hmmmm.......
    Last edited by bobframe; 11-08-09 at 06:36 AM.

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    Waterproof covers here:


    http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/veloxseatcover.html

    Same issue with regard to plastic bags - they completely tear up when you are driving with your bike on the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobframe View Post
    Also found this (from Velo Orange's site):

    "This Brooks saddle cover keeps the sun and most of the rain off your saddle. It's not totally waterproof. It fits most Brooks saddles, but not the very wide sprung saddles."

    Which causes me to wonder:

    Since it's not waterproof, what good is it?

    Now I'm re-thinking whether I want it or not. I'd pictured using it to keep the leather saddle dry from rain and condensation. Looks like it would be a good sun cover and maybe enough to keep condensation from touching it- but not rainproof. Hmmmm.......
    This info is correct and Brooks covers are not waterproof. I had to proof mine before use. Crazy I know.

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    The always versatile shower cap! Like other covers it won't work with the bike on top of my car.

    Shower cap over helmet...

    I can't believe I have posted two shower cap answers within fifteen minutes of each other! That's weird!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...6?query=brooks

    They have a medium and a large - any suggestions on which I could get for a B17 regular?
    Standard supermarket plastic bag.

    Speedo

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    pink frilly shower cap,keep it dry in lashing rain and who the hell is going to steal it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus Riley View Post
    The always versatile shower cap! Like other covers it won't work with the bike on top of my car.

    Shower cap over helmet...

    I can't believe I have posted two shower cap answers within fifteen minutes of each other! That's weird!
    You can see it all on BF

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    Aardvark waterproof small seems to fit the best.

    the selle italia waterproof ones from a couple of years ago are also tops on the list if you can find any NOS.
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    LMGTFY

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    I saw this thread and was hoping someone would have some comments on the Carradice B17 cover that PWC sells.
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    I bought my cover from Rivendell. It is stuffed under that seat. I've had it there for about a year and have had no problems with it. I pull it out when needed and stuff it right back in when not. The plastic bag works, but it's not an elegant solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bekologist View Post
    Aardvark waterproof small seems to fit the best.

    the selle italia waterproof ones from a couple of years ago are also tops on the list if you can find any NOS.
    I've used two types of covers before switching to plastic bags.

    The Aardvark cover does indeed fit very well. My only gripe with it is that it's too thick, and the extra padding made the saddle slightly less comfortable during use. Nevertheless, it's not as a big a deal as I've made it sound, and this is the cover I would recommend if the OP insists on using a cover over a plastic bag or shower cap.

    The Velox cover is too thin and will abrade at the corners of the saddle until holes appear. Stay away from this one.

    I have not tried the Brooks saddle and cannot testify to its effectiveness.
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    My brooks B17 came with one but I hope soon to sell my Brooks B17 Special

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepakvrao View Post
    Waterproof covers here:


    http://www.wallbike.com/brooks/veloxseatcover.html

    Same issue with regard to plastic bags - they completely tear up when you are driving with your bike on the car.
    I had one of those wallbike velox covers for a b17, it served primarily to wick water off the waterproof top around the edges straight into the the sides of the saddle. Do not recommend. One of the Brooks ones (middle of 3 images on that link) came w/ my latest saddle and it seems to work great. But I wouldn't buy one after the fact.

    Otherwise definitely a plastic shopping bag, w/ a rubber band to keep it on the bike if I park it in the wind.

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    try a jandd saddle cover. its waterproof and I have one on a flyer.

    http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FSCW

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