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Old 01-24-20, 06:35 AM
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Brooks Imperial B17

Hi, I have the brooks imperial B17 which has the slot and is laced at the sides.

I have 240 miles on it and it is breaking in but is quite stiff still especially as itís nose up slighy, as the laces are tied pretty tight.

Last night I thought I wondered what it would be like if I removed the laces so I rode to work today without the laces and it was much comfier and was more forgiving.

Am I effectively going to ruin the saddle by doing this I wondered if there was anyone on the forum who had done the same?
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Old 01-24-20, 02:48 PM
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I also have the B17 Imperial, but have not unlaced it. Mine was great out-of-the-box, and it is even better now that my sit bones have made a groove.

I balanced comfort and anti-chafing, and the B17 Imperial fits the bill. If you get this out of the saddle with the laces removed, then that is what is right for you.

If the saddle starts loosing up too much, you can put the laces back in. You also could try putting the laces in, but looser than stock.
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I also have the B17 Imperial, but have not unlaced it. Mine was great out-of-the-box, and it is even better now that my sit bones have made a groove.

I balanced comfort and anti-chafing, and the B17 Imperial fits the bill. If you get this out of the saddle with the laces removed, then that is what is right for you.

If the saddle starts loosing up too much, you can put the laces back in. You also could try putting the laces in, but looser than stock.
i will experiment with them in but loose and see if it is the best of both worlds.

i had a brown one that developed a fault after 40 miles but have the black one now but the brown one seemed more forgiving than the black one it could be in my head. How many miles do you have out of yours? How long does it take to get the seat bone grooves in yours, mine looks how it did when I got mine but is more flexible when you push down on it so is certainly breaking in.
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Old 01-24-20, 04:45 PM
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A non-slotted B17 splays some, so I'd imagine some splay in the Imperial would be desired. I bet eventually when it breaks in more the Imperial will splay too much, in which case you'd want the laces to limit the splay. It depends on rider weight too - a light rider might not need the laces.
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I have about 1500 miles on mine. Doesn't seem to me to be a ton different than when I first installed it, but I haven't tried a new one for a while so it might have changed slowly and I didn't notice it.
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Old 01-26-20, 04:01 PM
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I have an Imperial on my touring bike currently but also have and have had several other Brooks on many other bikes. Not sure if it's the thickness of the hide, maybe the density of the leather or the way it was treated but I have noticed a wide range of time and miles before I felt each saddle was "broken in", for what ever that means. Natural materials can show wide variation unlike many synthetics. My Imperial didn't seem to require much time at all to feel "broken in". But as suggested above, if it's more comfortable without the lacing, leave them out, you could always re-lace later and I don't think you're permanently harming anything.
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Old 01-26-20, 05:43 PM
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I have one on our tandem. It felt stiff the first 3-400 miles but somewhere half way through our spanish/french riviera trip I felt a pleasant compliance that stayed true so far. I kept the laces in and mine has that middle cutout but that's probably what makes it the imperial model huh?
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