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Old 12-04-10, 11:47 PM
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Brooks Saddle Use...

If....

I were to get a Brooks honey brown B17 from Santa , would the better application be:

My most frequent ride, a 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS, that I use for commuting?



Or my most recent acquisition, a 1983 Raleigh (USA) Super Course?



A little background: The Nishiki currently has a Wrights W.3N leather saddle



...and gets about 2/3 of my miles while the remaining third is split among 4 other bikes including the Super Course. I've also heard that Santa may bring me some natural colored cork bar tape for the lucky bike. I may be converting the Nishiki from flat bars with extensions to drop bars. Putting a new Brooks on the commuter may result in the fastest break-in of the saddle. If I put the new B17 on the Nishiki, the Wrights would go over to the Super Course.

The Super Course is a very dark brown metallic with gold lettering and I think it would look rather stunning with a honey brown Brooks and cork-colored bar tape. But the Brooks wouldn't get as much use on this bike.

So... what would you do?
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I would put it on the Nishiki. Both bikes are about level with bar to saddle so it'd work on either. Maybe the biggest issue here is that you only asked Santa for 1.
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Santa is keen on you

I got the exact same saddle and I love it. I had it only a few weeks before taking it on tour and I had no problems at all. I would put it on the bike you ride the most.
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Nothing wrong with the Wrights if it fits you well. I have a couple that are still in use after nearly 30 years.

I don't have to break my Brooks saddles in, they fit out of the box and only get more comfortable as I ride them. I think I would put it on the Super Course.

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Nothing wrong with the Wrights if it fits you well. I have a couple that are still in use after nearly 30 years.
This is an old Wrights I got off ebay for $40. It's been pretty good on the commuter.

I don't have to break my Brooks saddles in, they fit out of the box and only get more comfortable as I ride them. I think I would put it on the Super Course.

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I have a Brooks B72 on my Raleigh DL-1 as well as my Wrights, but they were both well broken in when I got them. I have no history as far as breaking in a new Brooks.

I think aesthetically it would look stunning on the Super Course and it may eventually end up there, but I think the most sensible thing is to put it on the bike I ride the most to break it in. I think. I don't know.....

The new Brooks was picked up on clearance at a bike shop that's closing, so I know I'm getting it, but it will be going under the Christmas tree.
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The honey gold with copper rails and rivets is sweet!

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Put it on the Nishiki. You can always move it if/when you get another one in future. I like B67's, B68's and B72's I am using. Tried a B17, but it was too narrow for my 'sit bones'. Enjoy!
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I didn't like either of my Brooks, B17 or B67 on my road bike. The geometry is just not right or comfortable. I put the B17 on my touring bike, a Novara Randonee, and the B67 on my commuter, a Marin Belvedere.

I stayed with the stock saddle for my road bike.
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So far so good with my B17, really happy that I made the switch since I was getting tired of purchasing/trying a new saddle on regular basis.
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I would put it on the Raleigh only because it would make the bike look period correct. BUT, functionality wise I would put it on the Nishiki because your ride it more and would need a more comfortable saddle.
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Love my b67 -- b17 was too narrow regardless of almost a month of tinkering with positions.
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Tell Santa that saddles must be purchased in pairs like shoes, one for each cheek, and then you'll have it covered.
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