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Old 06-26-08, 05:34 PM
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Brooks saddle break in

I don't know if I'm going to go this way or not. I have a B17 that I had a hard time breaking in and I was wondering what would be the easiest saddle to break in. the Swift or the Pro, thanks.
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From what I understand, the B17 is the easiest saddle to break in. Mine took me 800 km, but a lot of people can just hop on and go.

1) Make sure the nose of the saddle is tipped up (not level, and not down).

2) Go ride in the rain with it. If you're quite heavy, just ride in a light drizzle.
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IMO- the above suggestions are great;
"in addition I believe one is suppose to apply a good layer of Proofhide to their bum
and then ride till the saddle is comfortable. I think there was a Brooks ad a couple
years ago of a young female rider doing this very activity"
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Originally Posted by martianone
IMO- the above suggestions are great;
"in addition I believe one is suppose to apply a good layer of Proofhide to their bum
and then ride till the saddle is comfortable
. I think there was a Brooks ad a couple
years ago of a young female rider doing this very activity"


OK, that's about the funniest thing I've heard in a while!! Where did you get that one from?



Proofide does nothing (or not much) to help the break-in process. It just protects the leather (of the saddle, not your bum ) from too much moisture if you ride in the rain. It's basically just wax.
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I just ride mine till they break in, but I'm a hard asse, the Marines to that to a man! I apply Proofide very sparingly for weather proofing and to keep the leather from cracking.
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Originally Posted by Machka


OK, that's about the funniest thing I've heard in a while!! Where did you get that one from?



Proofide does nothing (or not much) to help the break-in process. It just protects the leather (of the saddle, not your bum ) from too much moisture if you ride in the rain. It's basically just wax.
I think he was remembering this Brooks ad.

https://www.brooksengland.com/press/2...ningStreet.pdf
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I just got a flyer last week and so far its really nice!
The first few minutes were a little weird but then I forgot about it.
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I recently bought a Brooks and have about 200 mi on it. I did a metric in the rain and then last weekend it rained again. Is there anything special I need to do to the saddle other than applying proofhide. I was told by the LBS not to apply the proofhide too often. That it really only needs it a few times a year. Should I always reapply after rain?

Thanks and I am not trying to steal the thread I think this kind of goes along with the break in process. After the metric in the rain I had no problems seeing the dimples in the seat people usually refer to.

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Brooks Saddles are very different than what most people are used to. They are made so that one's sit bones are supported by the saddle instead of the soft tissue in between them. Lots of people have a difficult time adjusting. I think having a level saddle or slightly downward pointed nose is the way to go. Proofide does a little to help soften and protect the saddle, but mostly what is needed is time. I broke my B17 in on a hot four day tour. After sweating on it for those days, is fit me well.

I would be careful about riding it in the rain. If you stretch it out too much, it may not be able to be tensioned enough to bring it back.
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Originally Posted by b_young
I recently bought a Brooks and have about 200 mi on it. I did a metric in the rain and then last weekend it rained again. Is there anything special I need to do to the saddle other than applying proofhide. I was told by the LBS not to apply the proofhide too often. That it really only needs it a few times a year. Should I always reapply after rain?

Thanks and I am not trying to steal the thread I think this kind of goes along with the break in process. After the metric in the rain I had no problems seeing the dimples in the seat people usually refer to.

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I ride in all sorts of conditions ... heat, snow, and rains so heavy that the animals start lining up 2x2 ... and I apply proofide about once a year.

I do wipe off any excess water on the saddle if that happens, and I will clean off any mud or anything the saddle might have picked up along the way. Oh, I also cover my saddle if my bicycle is going to be sitting out in the rain.


Here's my nicely broken-in Brooks. I should take a photo of it this year. Those were taken about 18 months ago, and it's broken in a bit more since then.
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I just put a B-17 on my commuter/touring bike. The first 100 miles were kind of rough. As of this morning I have 360 miles on it and I have noticed a considerable increase in comfort at least in the seat bone area. One thing to consider is that your discomfort may not be a breaking in issue. As others have suggested there are adjustments in nose angle that can done. But there are other Brooks saddles out there some narrower and some wider. The B-17 might not be the right one for you. In my case I get numbness somethimes with the B-17, which I am going to deal with by getting the Selles Anatomic slit cut into it.
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I have over 7000 kms on mine since early last year and I still don't know if it's broken in? I say that because it has never felt uncomfortable nor comfortable to me. It's just there and my bum is just there.
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The sprung Brooks I've owned have broken in quicker than the non-sprung Brooks.
My Champion Flyer broke in in half the miles of my B17 or Imperial.
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