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Old 03-03-13, 12:25 PM
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Brooks saddles, various questions

Strictly an opinion question, and we know about those, but would a Brooks look out of place on a bike like a Cannondale Quick 4? How effective are the sprung Brooks from an increased comfort standpoint? How much, if any, do the springs reduce efficiency? Where is the best place to buy?
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By the time you have got your butt on it--A Brooks would not look out of place on any bike.

Mind you--I would carry a paper bag to put over it at the cafe stops.
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Strictly an opinion question, and we know about those, but would a Brooks look out of place on a bike like a Cannondale Quick 4? How effective are the sprung Brooks from an increased comfort standpoint? How much, if any, do the springs reduce efficiency? Where is the best place to buy?
Out of place? Unless you are entering it in a beauty contest, you are the only judge.

Comfort effectiveness? Very effective, if my experiences with B66, B72, and B73 are worth anything.

Reduce "efficiency"? Haven't a clue, but unless you are in a race, what difference does it make?

Best place to buy? Don't know since the last one I bought was the B73 in Germany over 14 years ago for an equivalent of $50. Did find an unused B72 for $10 about 8 years ago in a U.S LBS in a box of saddles removed from other bikes.
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I have never seen that bike so I can't judge the looks. I have sprung Brooks saddles on my Touring bike and my MTB. On my road bike the B17 works good for me. Efficiency is all but forgotten when your arse feels like you have just lost a butt-kicking contest with a NFL placekicker.
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If you've found a saddle that works for you the looks shouldn't be a concern.
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Brooks saddles feel great and look classy. I have a Pro on Capo #1 and a large rivet Team Pro on my mountain bike, and they are my two favorite saddles of all time.
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Let me expand on looks. I was thinking more in terms of is it too nice, expensive etc. for that bike not look funny etc.
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If you've found a saddle that works for you the looks shouldn't be a concern.
+1!! If you are riding the bike more than you are displaying it then it doesn't matter what the saddle looks like. Your butt will be covering it!
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Generally, most folks here would support the notion that if the saddle fits and provides the level of comfort you seek, then looks are secondary. You can take this to mean that the look of an expensive saddle on an inexpensive bike or an inexpensive saddle on an expensive bike is not as important as the utility. In regards to srpung seats and comfort, this depends on the type of riding you do. My experience is that sprung seats are most comfortable when doing pretty upright riding. If, however, you're ridning in a more "tucked" or bent over position, I suspect comfort would not be as good. The best place to get one also varies. Some places allow for the return of a Brooks if you are not happy with it within a given period of time. Wish there were firm singular answers to your questions, but then we wouldn't need a "discussion" forum would we?
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I'm kind of glad there aren't absolute answers like 8,342 or Boise, ID. because that wouldn't be nearly as interesting or enjoyable as the back and forth. I'm going to give the stock saddle a go but if I decide to replace it I may try a Brooks and if anyone wonders why I spent 1/3 of the price of the bike on the saddle that will just give them something to do.
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Not too expensive. In my mind the sprung saddles go on the more upright bikes. The quick 4 looks in between. I have brooks on my old bikes, but also like the modern saddles on my newer bikes. You might like the saddle that comes on the Quick 4, I would give it a fair try before swapping.
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Let me expand on looks. I was thinking more in terms of is it too nice, expensive etc. for that bike not look funny etc.
You're thinking the classy-looking saddle might make the rest of the bike look crummy. I wonder if that's what people think when they see Mrs. Grouch out with me.
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I kind of figured on giving the stock saddle this season and before next riding season I'll know just how serious I am and whether I want a different saddle at all or even a different bike by then.
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You're thinking the classy-looking saddle might make the rest of the bike look crummy. I wonder if that's what people think when they see Mrs. Grouch out with me.
I resemble that remark.
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On a quick scan I didn't see any "where to buy" recommendations, so I'll throw in wallbike.com. Good selection, fair prices, and the unbeatable 6-month return policy.
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+1 on Wall bikes.
As to springs and efficiency- I had a B67 on my Expedition. I found the sadldle extremely comfortable. But I did notice the bounce while climbing. I eventually replaced the "suspension"fork with a fixed, and replaced the B67 with a B17. I miss the cush, but not the bounce on hills.
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On the touring bike, I like the spring, due to the more upright position. I think I would as well on a Hybrid or flat bar bike like a Quick 5
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Way too much thinking here.
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I'm a big fan of B68 (discontinued but still out there if you look carefully) and B67 saddles. The only difference is that the B67 is sprung--both use the same top. I tend to prefer the B67 only on my most upright rides, and do notice the saddle rocking on bikes with even a little forward-bent position (in which cases I go with the B68). ... "if anyone wonders why I spent 1/3 of the price of the bike on the saddle"--if horsemen thought like that, there'd be a lot more saddle sores! A lot of people spend way more on their saddle (and boots) than they do to buy their horses (notice I didn't say maintain). Your saddle is very personal and you should ride what feels best.
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I gotta agree with CrossCreek, the more time you spend on your saddle, the less important the price tag. Price is no object when it come to where you sit. A Brooks costs less than getting a boil lanced. With the Brooks, you only cry once. Keep the stock saddle, use the Brooks, and if you don't like the Quick, sell it with the stock saddle. Keep the Brooks. Breaking in can be difficult, but once you are there, you are riding a great saddle.
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I'm kind of glad there aren't absolute answers like 8,342 or Boise, ID. because that wouldn't be nearly as interesting or enjoyable as the back and forth. I'm going to give the stock saddle a go but if I decide to replace it I may try a Brooks and if anyone wonders why I spent 1/3 of the price of the bike on the saddle that will just give them something to do.
I've got a Brooks on my 1975 Fuji Dynamic 10 that cost more than half as much as the bike (although if you adjust for inflation it's not that out of whack).
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I'm kind of glad there aren't absolute answers like 8,342 or Boise, ID. because that wouldn't be nearly as interesting or enjoyable as the back and forth. I'm going to give the stock saddle a go but if I decide to replace it I may try a Brooks and if anyone wonders why I spent 1/3 of the price of the bike on the saddle that will just give them something to do.
And you can just hope they are enjoying it!
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saddle doesn't look out of place when your butt is on it and when your butt isn't on it put your bike away
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Well, the Quick 4 ain't that unclassy, if a carbon fork is anything to go by ...

However, who cares about looks if it's comfy for the rider?
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This is not 'show and tell' . . . this is 'ride and go!'
I can care less what kinda saddle you ride and I bet you don't care what kinda saddle I ride . . .

My wife did ride a Brooks B-72 years ago on our tandem; she broke a seatrail after only 30,000+ miles.
We were on a local hilly century with about 30 miles to go. Her solution?
"Find a rock to fit between rear of saddle and our rear carrier."
Oh, nobody even noticed that big rock . . .
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