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Old 11-27-23, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner
...about 5 years ago, something changed in my arse region, and those B17s were as uncomfortable as hell over longer rides....
BEP? For the younger guys that's Benign Enlarged Prostate. I have it but it hasn't encouraged me to ditch my leather Brooks yet.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
BEP? For the younger guys that's Benign Enlarged Prostate. I have it but it hasn't encouraged me to ditch my leather Brooks yet.
And you may never need to ditch it ... just point it downhill a little. I never understood riders who advertise that the best way to mount a Brooks is to have it pointing UP-HILL. OUCH!

The only saddle that has been as equally satisfactory as a Brooks is a Bontrager "Planform". There were male and female fittings. To buy one of these, you went to a bicycle shop. The proprietor got you to sit on a sort of electronic 'slate'. This rendered an impression of your 'sit-bones'. Then an appropriate saddle from the available stock, or an order was placed to give you the size/shape of saddle that was best suited to your skeleton. Luckily, I bought several of them in expectation of some future builds I had in mind.

A few months ago, I looked over the Bontrager catalogues in search of a saddle for a female friend who was having saddle woes — the sort that might afflict women. This fitting scheme and the commensurate saddle were unlisted. What a shame.

These saddles were much less expensive than a Brooks. And it can rain for a week on them with no ill affects. Moreover, I've not managed to come close to wearing one out. One of them currently adorns my Vitus 979.

These saddles are not only sized to yer bum; they also have a shock absorber system built into the chassis that is not too distractive and awful. In fact, they're very passable to look at.

In my opinion, a saddle should disappear and be unnoticeable. I cannot vouch for long rides. I don't do centuries in either Kms or miles. But for my sort of sprints of 90 to 180 minutes, I don't notice either the Brooks Pros or the Bontrager saddles. I have other saddles in the bins — includes types that kill for looks and were used in professional racing. ASS HATCHETS! ))) But, as my late dad said years ago, if you're racing, you are not really sitting anyway. ))))
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Originally Posted by merziac
I have the luckiest Brooks butt on the forum, as stated many times, never met one I didn't like or couldn't ride. Old, new, saggy, hard, broken in, not, B17, all Pro's, Specials, Imperials, etc, etc, on and on, ad nauseum. I have at least 25-30 of all types, age and condition, the only choice for any and all C+V IMO.
You need to write this huge collection into your will!! Get to a lawyer and amend your legacy immediately!
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
You need to write this huge collection into your will!! Get to a lawyer and amend your legacy immediately!


My only kid gets it and knows what to do, he's a fan too so......
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Originally Posted by merziac
Being prepared to break in your backside too can have a lot to do with success.
That's the whole thing for me. In spring, I might feel a little tension in my butt. Once I get my miles in, everything's fine. That said, I do use a padded MTB liner under my wool breeches or cargo shorts for rides over ten miles.
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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh
BEP? For the younger guys that's Benign Enlarged Prostate. I have it but it hasn't encouraged me to ditch my leather Brooks yet.
I'm unfamiliar with that malady, but I have found using a hard (ridged) foam roller on my butt for 5 mins. before I ride (or run) is immensely helpful.
https://www.thera-roll.com
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40 miles on the Pro today. My new favorite saddle. And to think it almost got away.
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