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Old 09-15-08, 10:28 AM
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B-17

I can find the brooks B17 for like 80 bucks shipped on ebay, the honey one which i like.

Is it really worth it? Is it good for all butt types?
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Old 09-15-08, 10:47 AM
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I used to have a B-17 and it was a great saddle, but it didn't look right on the more-modern frame I bought so I sold it. The plus side of buying a Brooks is that they are easy to resell if you don't like it. I see it as a good chance to own a pretty nice saddle and a minimal risk as you could easily sell it and recoup your money if it doesn't work for you.
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I have the B17 Special in Honey with copper rivets bought new here in the UK from the bike shop which put my Surly Cross-check together. I *strongly* recommend getting some Proofide (or equivalent) and following the instructions.

The saddles look fantastic (they darken a little when Proofided) and though hard to the knuckle, can be very comfortable even out of the box. I am 5'11" and around 11 and a half stone and found it a nice saddle even on my second ride on it (first ride was a little tender for half an hour or so).
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Old 09-15-08, 10:50 AM
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I do not think I ever would get a brooks saddle, just because it would get stolen when I lock up my bike. I have no desire to take it of and on anyways. I think they are plenty of nice comfy alternatives without paying top dollar just for a saddle.
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Old 09-15-08, 11:00 AM
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bikeisland has them for $69 shipped.
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Old 09-15-08, 11:01 AM
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there are plenty of brooks threads to search through...enjoy
 
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Old 09-15-08, 11:07 AM
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As for security, I pass a short Kryptonite cable (120cm) through the saddle rails with one loop passed through the other (just as you would secure your front wheel with a cable) and the other end attached to my U-Lock. Problem solved.

I should just qualify my previous post - if the Brooks saddle is your FIRST saddle for a very long while, you might find it uncomfortable for a few weeks, but to be honest I think you would find almost any saddle uncomfortable till you got used to riding.

My Brooks is the B17 Special Honey with copper rivets and rails on a new Surly Cross-Check '08 (Misty Mountain Grey) frame with 700c-38 tyres, rear rack, mudguards and straight handlebars set up as a commuter/shopper bike. The saddle looks so nice on it I am seriously contemplating the Brooks hand-grips!

I'd say enjoy a Brooks!
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Old 09-15-08, 11:20 AM
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I'm contemplating a Brooks as well, can anyone tell me the difference between the B17 and a Team Pro? Why I should get one or the other, which is better for a particular riding style? Thanks
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Old 09-15-08, 11:37 AM
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According to the Brooks site itself, the Team Pro is a Road/MTB saddle...

Exercising this pursuit the riderís weight tends to be transferred onto the legs, and to some extent to the forearms and wrists, with the pressure on the seat being alleviated by a corresponding amount. Leaning forward for increased speed, the cyclist needs less support at the back, therefore these seats are generally narrower.
The B17 family are more for Trekking/Touring...

Multiple seat positions will be adopted during trekking and touring cycling. Although the rider may stand up from the seat when increased speed or greater control is desired, he will normally sit for most of the time, needing a saddle which is wider than those in our sports range.
The Sprung Saddles including the B66/67 family are for comfort/leisure...

These saddles are meant for an altogether more leisurely type of cycling, the rider adopting an upright position whilst appreciating the surroundings. With the great majority of the weight being supported by the rear quarter, such a stance applies most of the pressure on rear part of the saddle, which needs to be wider.
They also have a range for heavier cyclists B33/B135...

When riding a bicycle in an upright position, a heavier cyclist puts much more load on the saddle. With this in mind we have built our extra sprung heavy duty saddles.
You can see lovely pics and more at http://www.brooksengland.com/shop/default.aspx
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I purchased a Honey B-17 Special a couple months ago after years of skepticism and I must say I am full-on impressed/converted! It was pretty comfy after only a couple days of serious riding and is now my favorite part of my bike!

I got a great deal on the special from these guys (who have stopped running the promotion on that particular saddle). http://www.therandonneeshop.com/prod...gory/2-saddles

These guys supposedly package and then ride all Brooks orders to the post office. Pretty cool.
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i ordered mine off of jenson usa
 
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Ordered a B17 just to see what all the fuss was all about, and am thoroughly impressed. No more sore booty or sweat stains when i ride in shorts/jeans. Only downside is the brooks looks totally out of place on my newer road bike. Get it, you'll like it. If not craigslist is your friend.
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