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Just How Stupid Will a Brooks Saddle Look On a Road Bike?

Old 03-20-12, 07:58 PM
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Just How Stupid Will a Brooks Saddle Look On a Road Bike?

My main bike is my Jamis Ventura Sport. It's got a compact frame with a sloping top tube.

I'm starting to slowly make it into a full on commuter/touring kind of ride. rear rack, panniers, even a front rack which I'm contemplating putting on.

However, I want to switch from the racier saddle that it came with to a Brooks B17 or something of that sort. I've had a B15 narrow in the past, and loved it. However, as I'm starting to enjoy longer and longer rides, I'd like something slightly wider.

So really, how dumb would a saddle like this look on a compact road bike?
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Old 03-20-12, 08:00 PM
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It'll look fine as long as the saddle matches the handlebar wrap.
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A Brooks can never look stupid. But the bike might suffer in contrast. ; )
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Old 03-20-12, 08:07 PM
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It would look good on any ride, except maybe a CF bike. Please post a pic if you have done this and maybe I'll change my mind.

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No CF here, just fire engine red aluminum. Was thinking of doing a black b17 to match the black handlebar tape. Boring, but inconspicuous.
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Originally Posted by EdgewaterDude View Post
No CF here, just fire engine red aluminum. Was thinking of doing a black b17 to match the black handlebar tape. Understated and classy.
Fixed that for ya.
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Old 03-20-12, 08:21 PM
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Doesn't look stupid. I have a B17 Imperial on my Tricross and a B17 on a '96 Tourmalet and they look classy.
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No one is going to see it as long as your riding it.
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I have a carbon bike and after reading all the rave reviews of the titanico x saddle I bought one sight unseen.

When it came in, there was simply no way that big bulky heavy thing was going on my giant defy.

Saving it now for my cross touring bike when I can save up the money for that.
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Old 03-20-12, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by NCbiker View Post
No one is going to see it as long as your riding it.
+1 Your butt will hide it. Seriously, if it's the seat that makes you happy, what do you care what others think?
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Old 03-20-12, 09:38 PM
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Not stupid at all. Most Brooks' are on road bikes.

The great thing about them is that they look hard and uncomfortable, so folks are not interested in them.

I have a black one on my TriCross, and it looks great. Mine's a B67. Don't shy away from springs, they really take the edge off the bumps.

If you're ever up for a trip to the north suburbs, you're welcome to try mine out. The Metra Milwaukee District North line stops a mile away from my place...
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Old 03-20-12, 09:39 PM
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Here's a couple pix of mine:





The springs do kind of ruin the underseat bag option though.
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A black B17 would look fine IMO. I had one for a long time on my compact frame track style bike.
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All due respect, but the Brooks will actually make that bike much cooler. Go with black.
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Brooks Pro is a shape for the racers posture , B 17 a bit more sit up posture ,
so a touring favorite .
Selle Anatomica was developed by/for marathon riders ,
Davis Double Century and so forth.

Brooks were always Black until the Italian Buy out.
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Old 03-20-12, 10:27 PM
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If you are more interested in how it looks than how it rides, then your priorities are messed up.
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Go with Brooks Swift, though, if it's for a road bike.
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I'd say Brooks Swift or Selle Anatomica. Svelte profile on both.
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Who cares if it looks stupid, if it works?

But, one of our fastest local riders has a black Brooks on his expensive road bike. I can't remember details on it, but it doesn't look out of place at all.
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Originally Posted by EdgewaterDude View Post
Just How Stupid Will a Brooks Saddle Look On a Road Bike?
You should post this question in the Road Forum Here, nothing looks stupid.
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If you find it comfortable who cares what it looks like?
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Originally Posted by EdgewaterDude View Post
My main bike is my Jamis Ventura Sport. It's got a compact frame with a sloping top tube.

I'm starting to slowly make it into a full on commuter/touring kind of ride. rear rack, panniers, even a front rack which I'm contemplating putting on.

However, I want to switch from the racier saddle that it came with to a Brooks B17 or something of that sort. I've had a B15 narrow in the past, and loved it. However, as I'm starting to enjoy longer and longer rides, I'd like something slightly wider.

So really, how dumb would a saddle like this look on a compact road bike?


This seat only looked stupid to people who wanted it to look stupid. I was never phased by its appearance. Do you really care what others think?
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B17 looks fine on a road bike.

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This seat only looked stupid to people who wanted it to look stupid. I was never phased by its appearance. Do you really care what others think?
I must admit before I even noticed the saddle I noticed the Garmin 60 on the handlebars.
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The title of this topic does not compute.
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