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Brooks C17 Saddle for Heavy Riders?

Old 10-21-15, 11:57 AM
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Brooks C17 Saddle for Heavy Riders?

Hi, I was wondering what you think about the new Cambium saddles for fat guys like myself? I'm a big Brooks fan and I own and love a few of their saddles (B33, B73, B66.) I'm getting ready to do a bit of a reconfigure of my Le Tour. I'm going back to drop bars, fitting a 7 speed nexus with coaster brake, and changing out my not exactly comfy Viscount white dual spring seat. The bike has always had a red and white theme (White seat, grips, white tires) and I would really like to continue that. Unfortunately however, comfortable white seat options that fit in with my love of vintage styling aren't exactly plentiful. I also like that they're somewhat weather resistant in case I get caught in the rain, a constant worry with my leather saddles.

Enter the problem; I'm 6' and 275lbs. The C17 would be the most narrow seat I own by some margin. I realize that comfort is a very subjective subject, but I was curious if any other pleasantly plump fellows have had any luck with the series? I would hate to buy one only having to sell it shortly thereafter and start all over. I'm also curious about your through regarding a carved or solid seat. Carved seems to be less rigid, but maybe too soft for someone of my weight?

Thanks!
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Old 10-21-15, 12:04 PM
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I bought a C17 and found it comfortable for about 45 minutes to an hour. After that, it started to irritate me. Anyhow, after riding it for about 4 weeks last summer, I went back to my B17, which is just a bit wider.
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Old 10-21-15, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
I bought a C17 and found it comfortable for about 45 minutes to an hour. After that, it started to irritate me. Anyhow, after riding it for about 4 weeks last summer, I went back to my B17, which is just a bit wider.
Thanks for the fast reply, I probably would be happier if I just forgot the whole color aspect and picked up a nice b17 or b68. That said, to me the color scheme is just part of this bike because really that's what attracted me to it when I first got into vintage cycles...
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Old 10-21-15, 12:41 PM
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at least the C 17 will not Sag over Time .. the cloth top layer may or may not please you

C 15 is a bit narrower .. It seems spending more , the leather selection is thicker.. Vs the nickel rivet basic.

havent bought a new brooks in Decades, though, traded away a B17.. just wouldnt go back far enough.. on my seatpost.
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Old 10-21-15, 02:16 PM
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I'm starting to think about just getting a light colored used leather Brooks and then refinishing it white. I still may try the c17 first.
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Old 10-21-15, 02:16 PM
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I just sold my C17. I used it about 6 weeks and it felt pretty good. Not B17 good but pretty good. That was for rides up to 60 miles or so. I was confident in its comfort so I went on a backpacking trip with the first day milage of 140 and on the second day I had to call it quits after 60. My butt was killing me. I couldn't even finish the ride and had to call for a ride home. I'm around 215lbs and am back on my B17. I still may give the C17 Carved a try. It looks to be a little more flexible.
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Why Not just get something in white Pleather .. You commute in Khakis ? think Slipcover.

My Mom, An RN, had the white leather shoe dye / paint , to meet the hospital standards in the 50's


The Select line is not dyed at all .,.said to be better leather because they were happy Swedish Cows
that never saw a industrial feedlot.. "Grass Finished"

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I am not quite as big but I have gotten a little more portly and the C17 works well for me. I have the carved version and I am lower 200s.
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Cardiff make a leather saddle on white

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I ride a C17 and love it, but am much lighter than you so I can't comment on how it rides for bigger men. I also have a B17 (which is quite close in "felt" width to the C17) and B68. I wouldn't want a B68 on a bike with drop bars because the wider rear would push you too far forward in that bent over posture, and the nose of the B68 isn't overly long to begin with. It's great on upright bikes, though—I prefer it to sprung saddles of that width, such as the B67, B66, and B73, but then again, I'm lighter.

A few comments about white saddles. First of all, the Cambium isn't really white, it's more of a natural canvas shade. Also, white leather doesn't stay that way for long if you ride it, so there's that to consider. Lastly, I can't think of any reasonable way you could change/paint/dye a brown or tan leather saddle to white and have it last even one ride of any distance.
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Old 10-23-15, 11:03 AM
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For most people, your sit bones don't get wider just because you gain (or lose) weight. So the proper saddle width should be independent of your size. Now, the shape of the saddle my change because of your weight, due to leg size circumfirence or other factors. Also, as you get more fit, you may lean over more on your bike, and that may necessitate changes to your seat (I had to get one with a cutout as I could lean over more, because I was having issues with my perineum with the stock saddle).

Maybe go to a shop with a device that measures how far apart your sit bones are. At least this would give you a good starting point on finding the right size seat.

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