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    butchering Brooks B-17

    Has anyone ever seen a Brooks B-17 with a cut up the nose, as done on so-called ergo saddles, to relieve pressure on important body parts? Would the front and back of such a cut have to be secured/supported somehow to prevent further tearing? Just a thought. All of my saddles have had such cutouts i.e. Serfas ddvado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlong
    Has anyone ever seen a Brooks B-17 with a cut up the nose, as done on so-called ergo saddles, to relieve pressure on important body parts? Would the front and back of such a cut have to be secured/supported somehow to prevent further tearing? Just a thought. All of my saddles have had such cutouts i.e. Serfas ddvado.
    http://www.wallbike.com/content/butchering.html

    Scroll about half way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed
    Yuck. It looks like Frankenstein's forehead...

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    i would never do that to my brooks, no way.

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    Blasphemer! You should be whipped for even suggesting such a thing.In times past I have known riders to trim the "wings" of the B17 to alleviate it rubbing against the inner thighs.A well-loved Brooks model featured exteme cutaway right back to the broad part.But split it up the centre!!!? What sort of a home do you come from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed
    The picture is captioned:
    Patrick Theaker modified a Champion Flyer to emulate a Specialized Body Geometry. Patrick says the first impression is one of comfort.
    I wonder what the 2nd impression is??

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    suicidal?

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    butt ugly!??
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    I actually literally just finished trimming the 'wings' off one of my b17s. Why you ask? because I can't afford anything new at this point and I like the sleeker look of the saddle without the flaps, like a swift or professional.

    call me what you will. it's going on a fixie. I probably would feel awful trimming a saddle for a touring bike, if I had such a wonderful thing. someday...

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    If you do suffer from rubbing on the inside of your thigh from a leather saddle this does not mean you have to trim the wings. By the way the "professional" has wings as well. Some older models had small holes along the edge of the wings which were used to pull the wings together by means of whipping cord. A very neat solution!

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    As it turns out, now that I'm getting the saddle broken in, I can see that such blasphemous surgery will not be necessary. Hey, I've suffered down there over the years, and own just about every saddle made in the never ending search for comfort after four hours On that subject, my wife threw out a new, sealed and oiled, Brooks Narrow that I had hanging up in the garage for hmmm twenty years. It was part of her effort to clean up a bit.
    Thanks all

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