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Sheldon Browns Brooks Professional VS Modern Brooks: my butt hatchet

Old 06-26-12, 02:52 PM
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Sheldon Browns Brooks Professional VS Modern Brooks: my butt hatchet

http://imageshack.us/clip/my-videos/27/uoca.mp4/

Here is a video demonstrating my utter frustration with Brooks. I hope they will consider a warranty claim on this damn thing. I would like to point out that the thickness of the 70's professional is no thicker or thinner than the Flyer saddle in the video.

I find it fascinating that I was able to tension Sheldons saddle without trouble...I know Sheldon says don't touch it...but It needed a few turns now it's nearly good as new. I'll be mounting it as a stand by while I get a warranty claim sent to Brooks.

Brooks finally responded to me...now will they deliver the goods...we'll find out.
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how many times did you turn the adjustment screw on that flyer? 60 or so? Just curious.
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Next, on Criminal Minds...

The team is asked to assist and advise on a gruesome case in jolly old England. A deranged lunatic has been skinning hides from employees of a popular leather goods maker and using them to make bicycle saddles. The team gradually begins to suspect the unsub has had a psychotic break over molestation by a seat post. The only witness heard a voice complaining about losing his Dr. Scholls. Can they catch him before he begins changing his MO to imperial cuts?
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Next, on Criminal Minds...

The team is asked to assist and advise on a gruesome case in jolly old England. A deranged lunatic has been skinning hides from employees of a popular leather goods maker and using them to make bicycle saddles. The team gradually begins to suspect the unsub has had a psychotic break over molestation by a seat post. The only witness heard a voice complaining about losing his Dr. Scholls. Can they catch him before he begins changing his MO to imperial cuts?


Consider this post as egging you on.

You crack me up.
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I've got a problem guys. i set this Schwinn on fire and it burned.



I put in a warranty claim with Schwinn. I really hope they take care of this.
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What do you guys think would happen if I put my finger in this meat grinder?
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200+ lbs everyday for the last two months and my new Brooks is still a rock. -shrug- maybe I should tension it and douse it with oil to speed up the process
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What do you guys think would happen if I put my finger in this meat grinder?
i don't know, but they sure don't make fingers like they used to!
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More importantly, what do you think would happen if you pull my finger?
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All the makin's of a classic boys.

Just about fell off the couch from laughing so hard.

Let's just hope Schwinn's warranty department is ready for the likes of you.
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I've got a problem guys. i set this Schwinn on fire and it burned.



I put in a warranty claim with Schwinn. I really hope they take care of this.
I see Col. finally did something useful with his Voyageur
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I see Col. finally did something useful with his Voyageur
Should have used the IGH!
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Should have used the IGH!
IGH + tri-flow + flame = Greek Fire.
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Originally Posted by -holiday76 View Post
i don't know, but they sure don't make fingers like they used to!
Sheldon's finger would surely have survived!
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
More importantly, what do you think would happen if you pull my finger?
Hopefully not something that looks like that Schwinn photo.
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Now that's a hot Schwinn. If you like burning bikes you might want to get a Schwinn Varsity or Stingray...They take the best beatings of them all...Plus the kickback bendix hub is a real joy.
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I've got a problem guys. i set this Schwinn on fire and it burned.



I put in a warranty claim with Schwinn. I really hope they take care of this.
Well at least you won't need a headlight at night and cars WILL stay far away.
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Is that a bar tape fire? All the more reason to go with cloth.
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Is that a bar tape fire? All the more reason to go with cloth.
I dunno, is shellac flammable?
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Not after it's dried. ... I don't think.

hold on......
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I believe that was actually foam grips.
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I thought foam was supposed to put OUT fires...
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Taking this seriously for just a moment... The two saddles are different designs. The first is sprung and the bars that tie the nose to the cantle plate look skinnier than on the pro. The cantle plate itself doesn't wrap as far around the sides as the pro's does. The leather sides are also cut higher near the nose than the pro. Finally, it has three holes in the top.

Comparing the relative stiffness of these two saddles makes no sense.

I have Brooks saddles on maybe ten bicycles. Some are from the early 1970s; some are modern and a few are in between. About half are Professionals and the others are B17s. I can't see a difference in quality between the oldest and newest. They all work better for me than any other saddle I ever used. I have rarely touched the tensioning nuts.

Although I haven't owned one since 1969, the sprung Brooks saddles I have seen recently are definitely softer than B17s or pros. This seems designed in. You may hate the saddle, but your video isn't likely to convince anybody the saddle is defective or shoddy.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
IGH + tri-flow + flame = Greek Fire.
You found the secret!

Seems only yesterday when my Byzantine History professor, the esteemed Dr. Walter Emil Kaegi, was telling the class that the recipe had been lost in the sack of Constantinople, if not earlier.
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