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Stronger Brooks B17 Tension Bolt?

Old 03-11-21, 08:59 PM
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Stronger Brooks B17 Tension Bolt?

I have spent a while searching this C/A forum, and I see many of you have great experiences with your Brooks B17 saddles. I, too, have had great experience with mine. It is very comfortable and a joy to ride -- at least for the few months after replacing the tension bolt. But, I just broke my 3rd Brooks tension bolt in 2 years and it's starting to get annoying. I run 320lbs -- and I have seen heavier folks rave about their Brooks. So, what gives? Are there rare titanium bolts out there that other people have that I don't? Only one LBS in my town even carries the bolts (according to the Brooks website, they are an authorized dealer) . The first time it broke, I replaced it myself, with hours of real struggle and fight. The second time, I just had the LBS do it. This time, I don't know what I am going to try.
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I have never had a problem with the tension bolt on my brooks saddles. I have only had to tension them once or twice.
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A Grade 8 bolt (available at any decent hardware store) should hold up just fine, but you will likely have to have your LBS tap new threads.
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I broke a bolt on a Pro. It looked like the threads were dry, and the bolt snapped when turned. I just put grease on the replacement bolt; I'll see how well that holds up.
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Putting oil on a leather saddle softens it, and then you have to tension the saddle. Unfortunately, it keeps softening.
I don’t oil my Brooks, which means no Proofide, I polish it with shoe polish. When it was new I sealed the underside with Sno-seal.
It’s 2+ years old with over 10k miles and fits like a glove and looks like new, except for the dents for my sit bones.
I did a century yesterday with no issues.

ETA: This is my second Brooks. I have not tensioned it yet. I learned the hard way.
To break in the saddle, put a warm, damp rag on it for 30 minutes before you ride. Repeat
until it fits, then start polishing

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