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Does your Brooks B17 lean like this?

Old 08-06-12, 10:43 AM
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Does your Brooks B17 lean like this?



New to Brooks and was wondering if this is normal. If it is normal, then I am cool with that. Maybe that's how these saddles work.
Only had it on a few rides so far.
I love it and it is so comfy right off the bat.
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Old 08-06-12, 11:02 AM
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None of my Brooks saddles do, a bent or improperly positioned seat support bar may be the culprit. Try a different saddle and see if the seat post is causing the issue.

Note: I removed all my Brooks metal name plates ever since one came loose and sliced my hand, damn thing was nearly sharp as a knife.
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Old 08-06-12, 11:21 AM
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No, but my handlebars don't lean like that either.
Maybe you can make the frame plumb and see the real effect.
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do you notice it when you are not obsessing over looks and, instead, riding it?
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Old 08-06-12, 12:10 PM
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It feels great when I ride.
I guess unless it really starts to lean bad it is not a problem.
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Old 08-06-12, 01:03 PM
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Nah. I threw mine away.
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Old 08-06-12, 01:37 PM
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Not a lilt like that, but the nose always seems to come up some over time. We adjust it to level and notice in a couple weeks that the nose is up again.
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Old 08-06-12, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by rogerstg View Post
No, but my handlebars don't lean like that either.
Maybe you can make the frame plumb and see the real effect.
+1

What are we supposed to be seeing?
A bike leaning with it's saddle in line with the bars?
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Old 08-06-12, 08:27 PM
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OK, so I guess it doesn't qualify as a "lean" then. I worry too much.
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Old 08-06-12, 10:49 PM
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Looks like the nose may be pointing slightly to the left, in which case the rear might level out if you adjusted it straight.

That said, Brooks saddles tend to vary and none of mine are perfect.
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Old 08-07-12, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post

That said, Brooks saddles tend to vary and none of mine are perfect.
This. It's handmade, out of organic materials, and will not have the exact symmetry of a machine-made object. But seeing as how it will mold to your body, any variation will likely sort itself out pretty quickly. And, as pointed out, it looks to be in line with your 'leaning' handlebars. Looks fine.

But in rare cases, this can cause permanent paralysis or slow death. I recommend you send it to me, and I'll bravely ride it for 5-10 years and send it back when we're certain it's safe.
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Old 08-07-12, 09:28 PM
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Nah, it's just fine - ride more!
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Old 08-07-12, 09:50 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I have been riding it and not worrying about it. It feels like I am sitting on a pillow.
It has been so comfortable from the start. I hope it stays comfortable.

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Brooks saddles tend to vary and none of mine are perfect.
That's what I was wanting to know. Thanks!
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Old 08-08-12, 12:02 AM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Looks like the nose may be pointing slightly to the left, in which case the rear might level out if you adjusted it straight.

That said, Brooks saddles tend to vary and none of mine are perfect.
How odd. Mine points slightly to the right. I feel it gives me a bit more um, clearance.
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Old 08-08-12, 06:51 AM
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Yes. I am not sure if it's a fatal flaw or not. Not sure if I should keep it, retire it for a different Brooks or give up on Brooks altogether. At first I pointed the nose straight ahead. Had trouble with hip pain on the right side only on long rides, eventually figured out the saddle was asymmetrical. The metal frame is 'squished', leaning to one side. Re-centered the sit part, the nose points off to the right. Maybe this is intentional... leaves more room for the sensitive equipment but still have a little numbness so all is not perfect. The longest ride with it has been about 40 miles & came through OK.
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