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Old 11-10-16, 09:32 PM
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Broke my Brooks saddle

A sad day, my very old and well used Brooks saddle broke today. I'm thinking of replacing it with a Sella Anatomica or a Rivet. The ones with the slot cut into the leather look like they might be comfortable.
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Old 11-10-16, 11:47 PM
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That will buff right out.
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Old 11-10-16, 11:52 PM
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How old is that?
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Nothing a bit of chewing gum and/or duct tape couldn't fix.
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Old 11-11-16, 12:35 AM
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It looks like the leather dried out. Have you been treating it with a dressing like SnoSeal? Beeswax. I'd stay away from mink oil.

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Old 11-11-16, 12:41 AM
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With that other crack developing further back near the sit bone contact points, it looks like that saddle's days were numbered.

Out of curiosity, were you riding when it happened and, if so, did anything eventful happen when the nose broke off?
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By the way, forum member @rhm does amazing work recovering saddles if you are interested in exploring that route. I believe he's done leather cutouts like the selle anatomica, and can even make a custom stamp:
http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...tsmanship.html
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Old 11-11-16, 12:42 AM
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The leather was a little dry but that was from being old and from use rather than neglect. I always used Brooks Proofhide on it. I can't say exactly how old. I bought it secondhand over twenty years ago. When I bought it it already had a lot of miles on it.
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Old 11-11-16, 12:52 AM
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Thanks for the info on getting it recovered, I will consider that.

I knew it's days were numbered so I'm not terribly upset. Just sad to see it go after so many miles.

Nothing really happened when it broke. I suddenly felt my seat was not right and before I could look down I heard the front mounting pieces falling on the ground. I was able to sit on the rails to ride back but the lower height made it hard to ride. Good thing I only had about four miles to get back to my house.
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Old 11-11-16, 12:53 AM
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Old 11-11-16, 06:14 AM
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Sorry for your loss. I also recommend the services of @rhm. However, do realize that his new leather will have a very different "feel" and look from your old, well loved and well ridden Professional.

FWIIW, I tried a Brooks B17 Imperial with the cutout, and it was not for me. YMMD.
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Another vote for an RHM recover of your saddle's frame. His work I have seen here is first rate. Besides, he's one of the good guys here, too.

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With those aesthetics I'd have replaced long before it broke. The saddle did you a favor.
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Old 11-11-16, 07:06 AM
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The rivets are very nice...also, check out berthoud.
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Originally Posted by sweet leaf View Post
I knew it's days were numbered so I'm not terribly upset. Just sad to see it go after so many miles.
I know how you feel, losing a thirty year old saddle. Mine began tearing at the back while on tour in May. I could have bought a new Brooks and begun the break-in process but opted for the readily available and much cheaper Forza XFC with cutouts from from the Performance store that happened to be nearby. It's comfy enough and I do not regret buying it.

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Old 11-11-16, 07:36 AM
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My wife has a Brooks B17 Select that she loves - I'd suggest one of them if you want the look, fit, and feel of Brooks.
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Old 11-11-16, 07:42 AM
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Treat yourself to a new Brooks. Earlier this year I bought a brand new maroon(!) Brooks Team Pro from Nashbar while they were on sale. I am still breaking it in (as opposed to breaking it), just as I did with its predecessor in 1973, but it gets closer to comfortable with every ride.
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Old 11-11-16, 08:14 AM
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Old 11-11-16, 08:47 AM
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Nashbar is $101 this weekend for a B17
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your saddle looks narrower than a B17.
If you're serious about the Rivet, contact Debra there. She does saddle demos for $25 plus shipping both ways (applied to purchase if you decide to keep it).
For folks on road bikes, B17 is normally too wide. Here's my Rivet Indy, which I really I really like on my drop-bar road bike.

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Wow, if I had a saddle that old that supported me for all those years and miles, there'd be a service and a burial. Sorry for your loss.
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These folks can put an actual Brooks top on the frame if you want.


Repair / Service ? Transport Cycles


They are in Philadelphia
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These folks can put an actual Brooks top on the frame if you want.


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They are in Philadelphia
Have you seen their fancy new door?
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Have you seen their fancy new door?
I have not. Although, I have not been spending as much time as I used to on www.frontdoorforums.com.......
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It really is literally a flesh wound. But then it was to begin with, too
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Nashbar is $101 this weekend for a B17


They seem to only have odd colors and do not have the Professional, at all.


If it were mine (which is over 40 years old but still in good shape), I'd consider it an opportunity to buy a new Pro - the one with titanium rails (to reduce weight). My butt is worth it - it is one of two main "interfaces" between rider and machine. Reducing the weight is not a bad thing, either.


To those who have the rhm replacement leather, the leather looks soft and comfortable. How is it. How does the leather compare to a new Brooks Pro.
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