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Old 03-08-15, 08:15 AM
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Brooks 'aged' saddles

I'm taking a serious look at the Brooks B-67 aged saddle.
The other serious contender is the flyer imperial.
I'm pretty light at 144 lbs or so, so I wonder if the 67 is overkill
At my age prostate protection is a concern. I understand there is debate over the wisdom of the imperial cut out.
I do sit upright with my handlebars significantly higher than the seat.
I'm considering the B 67 aged because it is supposed to softer leather requiring no break it
Do the aged saddles require the use of proofide?
Brooks saddles are expensive and can't be returned, so I want a high degree of confidence that I got it right the first time.

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The B-67 is basically the same as the venerable B-66, but with a single, rather than double rail. I've never had a problem with "break-in" on my Brooks saddles; they've been comfortable right out of the box (I have four "Professionals" and two B-66s). I like the B-66 on my old Superbe. I'd still use Proofide on a factory-aged saddle. And Wallingford Bikes has a 6-month, no questions asked, unconditional return policy on their Brooks saddles:

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Originally Posted by avidone1
Do the aged saddles require the use of proof hide?
I replaced a 40 year old B-72 w/ an "Aged" B-17 last season on my town bike and followed the instructions:

"Proofide needs to be applied to the underside of the saddle and in this case it should be left on......
Proofide must not be applied to the upper side of the Aged Saddles. This Leather Dressing should be used several times during the ‘breaking-in’ period and every few months thereafter."

Comfortable from mile 1 (as w/ any Brooks that I've owned) and taking on an attractive patina of use.
The pre-installed lacing assures a long service life and saved me the hassle of doing it (badly) myself.

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My daughter has an aged B-17 on her touring bike.

She loves that saddle so much, NO ONE rides her bike with her aged B-17 on it!
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I know how a Brooks that is truly aged rides and it like the look and the feel. I must say I don't care for the aesthetics of the modern "aged" Brooks. Have you seen one in person?
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