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Old 02-16-16, 03:45 PM
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Quick question on used Brooks saddles

A quick question .... I'm looking at buying a Brooks B17 saddle, but have seen a good used one at a good price.

Is it worthwhile to use someone elses Brooks saddle? (I have read that the leather Brooks saddles take the shape of the persons butt, and take time to break in), so by buying a used one, it has already taken the shape of someone else's butt
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Old 02-16-16, 03:56 PM
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depends on their prior impression and how they took care of it. You have to see it in front of you not post about it in theory.

get a C 17, used or new it won't matter..
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depends on their prior impression and how they took care of it. You have to see it in front of you not post about it in theory.

get a C 17, used or new it won't matter..
C17 is made of plastic/rubber .... I'd prefer leather and as far as I understand/have read, the B17 is one of the most comfortable saddles around> I commute over 120 miles a week.
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I bought a very used B67, brought it home, put some proofhide on it and it rode fine. You really won't know unless you see/try it. Mine had to be tensioned quite a bit as it was "saggy", but once I did that it was fine.
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Look carefully at the used saddle before buying. If it has a high center ridge, some big dummy cranked down the nose tensioner bolt way too much and basically ruined the saddle.
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
A quick question .... I'm looking at buying a Brooks B17 saddle, but have seen a good used one at a good price.

Is it worthwhile to use someone elses Brooks saddle? (I have read that the leather Brooks saddles take the shape of the persons butt, and take time to break in), so by buying a used one, it has already taken the shape of someone else's butt
The shape of someone else's butt is a non-issue. In the past, aristocratic racers would pay a "domestique" (servant) to break in their leather saddles. If that's all that happened to this particular saddle, it's a plus.

However, many other things may have happened, like being ridden to death or ridden when wet. In either case, the tensioning bolt may be maxed out, and the saddle can't be adjusted further. You may be able to see this in a photo of the underside. A new saddle has only a quarter-inch of thread showing under the bolt head, and the leather doesn't look sunken or deformed. Compare photos of this saddle with online vendors' pics of the same model.

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The more expensive versions use thicker Leather ..

Hope they didn't get it wet then continue riding that really stretches them out

I or I should say My Butt, liked the Brooks Pro shape .. & The 'Turbo' and 'Rolls' in the Italian saddles

We have People riding all across the continent on all sorts of saddles including the weather proof C17

Bring a Plastic bag all the time to cover the saddle when your back side is not covering it ..



and NB: people covet Brooks saddles and Steal them then sell them on the Internet.

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Protip: When buying a used brooks saddle, feel out the previous users butt and compare it to yours.
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Protip: When buying a used brooks saddle, feel out the previous users butt and compare it to yours.
This reasonable practice has led to the arrest and imprisonment of dozens of innocent purchasers of used saddles. The ACLU is investigating this scandal.
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