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Old 01-03-13, 09:45 AM   #1
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Brooks Saddle and Higher Stem Angle

I posted some recent things here about my Brooks B17 vs. Selle Anatomica. I bought the latter since it was on sale and I like it. But at about the same time, I bought a new stem that is angled about 1.5 to 2 in higher, effectively bringing the handlebar even with, maybe even a bit higher, than the saddle. HUGE difference, less perineal pressure, more comfort on long rides. I read plenty of posts suggesting that the handlebar and saddle height for a Brooks should be roughly the same, and I should have followed that guide much sooner. I've ridden with much more comfort over the last two or three weeks on both saddles.

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How long before Grant Peterson is mentioned in this thread. Opps, I just did it. Sorry for that I could not resist. PErsonallu, I run my HB 1 to 2 inches lower tan my B-17 IT quite comfortable.
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Interesting that raising your bars, which puts more weight on the saddle, has increased your comfort. Makes me think that maybe your saddle is angled up a touch, making it necessary for you to be upright to get your sit bones to align with the saddle. In my experience, that's a real key. But I take the opposite approach: I have a relatively massive saddle-to-bar drop, and spend much of my riding time in the drops. As a result of a fitting, I just switched to a harder and wider saddle to increase my stability and provide a more rotated pelvis, which straightened my back, opened up my breathing, and gave me a lower position in the drops.
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Brooks recommends that the wider saddles, like the B17, are intended for a more upright fit and should have the handlebar equal with the saddle or higher.

However, a wider saddle can work with a lower handlebar level if the cyclist is large enough to have widely spaced sit bones.
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