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Old 06-18-18, 12:45 PM
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OK, so I bought a new Salsa Marakesh......

.....which I really liked at first, but that Brooks saddle has caused saddle sores like I haven't had in years. I know they need breaking in, but holly crap.

How long before those seats stop causing injury? Srsly. 45 miles this weekend and I can hardly sit......

Other than that, I really like the bike
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Originally Posted by Knet
.....which I really liked at first, but that Brooks saddle has caused saddle sores like I haven't had in years. I know they need breaking in, but holly crap.

How long before those seats stop causing injury? Srsly. 45 miles this weekend and I can hardly sit......

Other than that, I really like the bike
Mine came tilted a bit too far down, I kept sliding off. After 2 rides, I tilted it up. After a couple more rides, realized I went too far and now the nose is a wee bit lower than level, and that feels right. I have over 400 miles and I don't think it is broke in yet.

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Seems people expect to jump on a leather saddle and have it great right away,
because they read revues, that others liked theirs.

I, OTOH, had 10 years on my Brooks team pro , before I started my multi month bike tours..
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But, but...... what about my instant gratification?!?!?!? I was promised instant......., oh wait no I wasn't.

So ~400 - 500 miles before they are broken in? That's a big commitment.
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I rode mine around town for about 300 miles without bike shorts.
My sharp pelvis sit bones put a couple dimples in the leather.
I'm under the impression it helped.
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Originally Posted by Knet
...So ~400 - 500 miles before they are broken in? That's a big commitment.
It's possible that the saddle may never break-in to suit you. If it does, probably more than 500mi will be necessary, so be patient. As mentioned earlier, a slight nose-up tilt helps keep you from constantly sliding forward on the slick saddle surface.
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Some people like Brooks saddles, some do not. If you have another good saddle that you know works for you, switch to that. Maybe try the Brooks later, or maybe not.

And those that do like Brooks saddles, there are different models. Most prefer the B-17 for touring, but I prefer the Conquest or the Brooks Pro. I have a B-17 and it just did not work out for long distance riding but it now is on an old mixte frame bike on my trainer were it works out ok.

I recently bought another Conquest and this one is rock hard, much harder than the others that I have bought and broken it. This one will take a bit more time.
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I am one of the lucky ones where the Brooks felt great from the first ride, then I've read of a few people who have never been able to get it right. 45 miles does not seem that much. I would get to the 30-40 hour range before I consider it quits.
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I never had to break my brooks saddle in. It felt great right away. I have B17 on 3 bikes.

My wife never liked the B17 when she tried my bikes but she loves her B67 Women's specific saddle. Never had to break it in.

I suspect your anatomy might need to find the right saddle ... the issue is most likely not a 'break in time'
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I agree. Go back to the last saddle you liked. I ride a Brooks but the are F-ing heavy and hate there rain.
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My experience with Brooks has been that they are finicky to get the "sweet spot" just right. One of my tricks is to be sure that I've paired the saddle with a seatpost that has dual adjustment bolts. This makes it super easy to adjust the tilt and get it just right. I spent a couple weeks where every ride would get some sort of adjustment to the Brooks Professional on my ECR, whether it be tilt, height, or forward/aft. Once this was done, my saddle literally disappears under me (and its not just my fat butt swallowing it up, either...).
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I have seen several , I like they specified a Kickstand mount, where Surly, another QBP brand did not.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
I have seen several , I like they specified a Kickstand mount, where Surly, another QBP brand did not.
Simple solution for those who desire kickstand on LHT/DT, ~$15:

https://surlybikes.com/parts/small_p...ickstand_plate

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I'd suggest you try adjusting the saddle, as @NoControl suggests. Some discomfort is normal, but if it's giving you actual saddle sores, either the saddle doesn't fit you or it's not adjusted correctly.
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Ya, actual saddle sores, and they still hurt. I'll try the adjustment, but I have an older saddle that is a tour veteran that may be getting swapped in fo r the rest of this season
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I have kept my crotch skin clean, anti bacterial soap ,
and put on clean bike shorts every morning,

and have not had any significant saddle sores in decades...

on multi month bike tours...
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