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Black Brooks Standard B17 - Yay or Nay?

Old 11-05-13, 12:12 AM
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Black Brooks Standard B17 - Yay or Nay?



Or possibly another colour of brooks (partial to dark brown but may not fit on this bike)/other saddle? White may get too dirty too quickly.
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Old 11-05-13, 12:21 AM
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On this bike I'd put a Black Brooks Swift on it with Black Cinelli cork tape. I think the B17 will be too cludgy on a racy bike like this. Nice bike.
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Old 11-05-13, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Saguaro View Post
On this bike I'd put a Black Brooks Swift on it with Black Cinelli cork tape. I think the B17 will be too cludgy on a racy bike like this. Nice bike.
+1 My sentiments as well.
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Old 11-05-13, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Saguaro View Post
On this bike I'd put a Black Brooks Swift on it with Black Cinelli cork tape. I think the B17 will be too cludgy on a racy bike like this. Nice bike.
+2

That's why I went with the Brooks Professional on my bicycle
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Old 11-05-13, 12:38 AM
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A Berthoud Galabier Ti Race Saddle in Black would be pretty sweet also.
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Old 11-05-13, 01:00 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions but the B17 is stretching it a bit financially for a saddle at the moment. I should have included my budget of ~$100. Modern saddles would fit the bill as well.
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Old 11-05-13, 01:38 AM
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Do you have any kind of a bike recycler near you? Down here in Seattle, we have 3 or 4 pretty good places to scrounge, err, recycle. Just today, I picked up an old Avocet Touring WI saddle, for like $5. It's pretty scuffed up, but still a top-notch comfy leather saddle. Now I just need to find out what that WI stands for. I don't think it's for Wisconsin, but I might be wrong, yet again.
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Old 11-05-13, 01:42 AM
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Lots of bike coops around here but they generally have some pretty beat up stuff. The current saddle isn't horrible but it is fraying at some of the edges which is the reason for the replacement.
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Another option.

Spacemanz, I think WI means women's model #1 .
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WHat ever you decide on, make sure it fits you well. Sure, Those narrow saddles may look cool, but if they make you numb or give you pain in any way, that is not a good thing. The narrowest saddle I can ride is a Brooks pro, my fav is a B-17. Rememer once you're on the bike no one can see the saddle anyways.
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Electric Blue Brooks B-17 and matching blue wrap would look sweet.

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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
WHat ever you decide on, make sure it fits you well. Sure, Those narrow saddles may look cool, but if they make you numb or give you pain in any way, that is not a good thing. The narrowest saddle I can ride is a Brooks pro, my fav is a B-17. Rememer once you're on the bike no one can see the saddle anyways.
I know now but when I take a picture of it for you guys I will have to deal with the hoing and humming about my slightly large saddle. I'm 6'2", 200lbs so a narrow saddle might not be great for my sit bones.

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Electric Blue Brooks B-17 and matching blue wrap would look sweet.

I agree the blue would look fine but I need to make sure this bike is for sure a keeper before investing in such a...unique and limited usage...colour. Frame might be a tad big (61cm c-c) but maybe with a closer stem it would be better. Height wise it is ok but the reach might be a bit far.
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I've been contemplating investing in a Brooks too. For the first one, black makes more sense. If it doesn't work out, I can resell it. If I like it, I can move it to any bike and get one in color later.
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Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
I'm 6'2", 200lbs so a narrow saddle might not be great for my sit bones.


I'm 6'-2" and north of 200lbs too. IMO, I'd put a Brooks Swallow on it. Lighter looking that the Swift and a touch wider in the back. I find the Swallow to be more comfortable than the Swift. The B-17 is more a touring all around saddle, to wide and heavy for your bike.

Brooks Swallow
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Originally Posted by djkashuba View Post
That's an interesting concept. But I wonder how well that would hold its shape.
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
WHat ever you decide on, make sure it fits you well.
+1 Nobody's going to see the saddle while you're riding, and that's what bikes are for after all...

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...wondering WHY it took me so long to discover B17's.
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The Anatomicas are very similar to Brooks' Imperial saddle with the central cutout that relieves some of the pressure coming from the mid line of the saddle. The big difference between the two saddles is, the Brooks Imperial has lacing holes at the skirt portion of the saddle to have a means to control stiffness and couteract the tendency for leather cover to splay out from the pressure. I suspect the synthetic material laminate applied to the underside of the Anatomica's leather cover helps it resist splaying out at the middle outside portion of the cover.
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Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
That's an interesting concept. But I wonder how well that would hold its shape.
Not nearly as well as a conventional leather saddle, if a (relatively small, light) acquaintance's experience is any indication. Admittedly he's a mega-miler, but his Anatomicas never seemed to last more than a year.

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I love suspended leather saddles, but for this bike and your current budget, maybe something like a Concor would be great. And allow you to save your money for a Swift/Swallow down the road, if you still want one. I agree that a B-17 wouldn't look quite right on this bike, if you care about the appearance.
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Old 11-05-13, 09:42 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback. I have some decisions to make. The last reasonably expensive saddle I purchased due to internet rave reviews was a titanium flite...it is a fine saddle and built well but it just isn't all that comfortable for me. I also think the b17 will be too bulky which is why I asked you guys.

Option number 2 is to have the saddle recovered. Everything except the white leather is in good condition...just depends on price and outcome if it is worth the effort/sending it out and where one might send it out to.
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I have both the Brooks Pro and the Ti Flite. The Flite is on the bike for pics (all Italian parts) and short rides of less than 30 miles. The Brooks goes on for longer rides. My frame is on the low end of the range for fit so the Flite is forces the post to be at or slightly below the min line due to its low profile. The Brooks is higher in profile negating the risk of exposing the min insert line. There is around an inch difference in profile height.
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Nay. This is a case where the C17 would look perfect.
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