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Old 03-18-11, 06:41 AM
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brooks pre-aged saddles

Has anyone had a brooks pre-aged saddle for more than a few years? I'm thinking about getting the B67 pre-aged since I had problems with the sides flaring out on the B67 and the pre-aged comes laced. I bought it though wallbike and didn't want to lace in and find out I didn't like it and not be able to return it.

However, I'm concerned about the durability of the pre-aged saddle. Is it going to last as long?
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Old 03-18-11, 07:41 AM
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Won't last as long, but the lacing will help with sagging. One key factor this the thickness of the leather. Spec is 4-5mm. I've seen some as low as 3.6mm. Those 5mm thick saddles should hold up well.
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Old 03-18-11, 08:10 AM
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By not as long, are we talking that it won't last 5 years? 10 years?
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Old 03-18-11, 10:42 AM
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No problem with 5 yrs. A lot depend on riding style. I don't put a lot of weight on my saddle, so the saddle will stretch less over time. Those aged saddles normally come with 4.5-5.0mm thick hide. If you don't ride in the rain, then it's not unreasonable to expect 15 yrs of life from aged leather.

If you're happy with B67, then lace the flap. Aged B67 should feel like B67 no-flap for the first 100-200 miles. There shouldn't be too much "flaring" when new unless you're putting more than 250lbs of weight at the middle of the saddle. Most of your weight should be focused on the widest area of the saddle, where it is supported by the steel frame to minimize "flaring".
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Well, I don't know why, but after about 170 miles, my B67 started rubbing on the backs of my legs, and the sides were flaring out. Granted, I am about 185 pounds. I ride in all weather, but I do have fenders. I have gotten my past Brooks saddles from WallBike, so I didn't want to eliminate the possibility of the 6 month return by lacing the B67. Back it went.

Anyone tried the Velo Orange Model 8? It's laced, and the reviews I've found say the leather is thicker than the Brooks, but I've also read some bad stuff about broken rails. They say that's corrected though. I'm a little hesitant to go with anything but the Brooks though.

I ride a Trek 7000, so I do have a good bit of weight on my saddle. I'm slow and steady.
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Old 03-18-11, 10:23 PM
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I weigh about 240, and I have a pre-softened B-17 I got used from a buddy and an unsoftened one I bought new at about the same time. Not positive of the mileage on either (I don't keep track anymore), but I'd guess I've put 4000 on the used one and maybe twice that on the new one. No idea how much the older one was used before I got it. Both have been thoroughly soaked a few times but not ridden wet more than a few miles when it was unavoidable. At this point, they're just about identical in feel and appearance, though there's slight tearing around some of the rivets on the pre-soft. That doesn't give you much specific help, but it doesn't seem like there's a huge difference in saddle life.
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Sounds like B67 works for you, except for the flaring flaps. Simple fix is to lace the flaps. No need to pay more for the aged Brooks.
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Lace the one you have. I have done that on a couple of my, really old should have been replaced but I am too cheap saddles.

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You could also try a Selle Anatomica. Most find that these really don't require a break-in. That has been my experience as well.
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Old 03-19-11, 01:52 PM
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Well.. now I'm really on the fence. I was hoping someone would come around and say "go for the pre-aged, they're great!" but that didn't happen. I don't have the B67 because I returned it due to the flaring problem. So I'd have to get one and decide I was going to lace it out of the gate. The price difference doesn't bother me that much.. it's the concern that if I get a regular B67 and lace it, I'll get 20 years out of it but if I get the pre-aged one I'll only get 5 years out of it.

I didn't have the regular B67 long enough to really make a determination, as the 170 miles was over a 2 week period, with no ride longer than 20 miles. I didn't get the chance to really take it out and test drive it. If I had, I would have laced it and been done with it.
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other than the flaring, did you like how it felt? If so, just get another, lace it and be done.
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Old 03-19-11, 05:04 PM
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Yea, it seemed like a winner, but my current saddle is good for 20 miles. That Velo Orange Model 8 is looking real attractive right now. But I have the same concern about lifespan with that as I do the pre-aged saddle. Hmm.. seems like I have a decision to make in the absence of hard data.
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I ended up with the Brooks Pre-Aged. I added up the cover and the saddle treatment for the VO Model 8 and I got close tot he B67 Pre-Aged. With the 6 month satisfaction guarantee and the warranty and reputation of Brooks, it seemed like a winner. I already had the proofide from my other Brooks adventures. The only thing I didn't get was the saddle cover that was listed on WallBike's web site, but I have an email in to ask about that.
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