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Old 04-15-10, 09:45 AM
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Anyone tour on a Brooks Team Pro?

I have recently found that the Team Pro feels more comfortable on my touring bike than my B17. I haven't taken it touring as of yet.

I fully realize touring is simply a series of bike rides on consecutive days. It's not that complicated. It seems strange to me, though, that the B17 is considered the "touring" model, while Team Pros, Swifts and Swallows are considered "racing" or "sport" models. Shouldn't you just tour on whatever is most comfortable? Is there something about the Team Pro that might get to me after a few days or weeks of touring?
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This is such a broad and general topic that it's hard to give just one answer but in very general terms, with a touring bike the riding position is more relaxed than a bike configured for racing. Sitting straight up on a racing saddle might not be what most people find comfortable while a B17 is more suitable. If your racing saddle is comfortable for you then ride it but to the average touring rider, it's hard to keep that ass over head riding position for days on end.
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Yes, I've toured on a Brooks Team Pro. You should tour on whichever saddle has been comfortable for you over time. If you have a bunch of miles on a saddle, and you've done lots of consecutive days of mileage approximating what you would do on a tour, there's no reason why it won't work for you on a tour.

I believe that the B17 is considered more of a touring saddle because it's a bit wider and generally works better for riders who are sitting a bit more upright. Team Pro tends to work better with a larger drop from saddle to handlebars; some touring cyclists like this, some don't. (My Team Pro tour came when I was younger -- my current commuting/touring bike has a B17; the Team Pro is on a "backup" bike right now).

Also, my Team Pro doesn't come with loops for a saddle bag -- I used a large-ish bag under my saddle on tour, and had to get the little loops that bolt onto the saddle rails. Not a big issue, but something to be aware of.
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I tour and I don't even have a brooks saddle.
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Yep, one of my touring bikes has a pro. Go with whatever's more comfortable. To me, pro's are definitely more comfortable.
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A "touring saddle" is whatever saddle you happen to be touring on, IMO. I've toured on a Swift, which is a touch narrower than a Team Pro, and loved it. I ride with drop bars that are set pretty low, and a narrow saddle works really well for me.

I've also done one tour and some long day rides on a B17, on my mountain bike which has a more upright riding position.
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I tour on a Team Pro. I tour with aerobars so the B17 won't work. I use those bolt on loops for my saddle bag.
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I use a Brooks Conquest (discontinued model), which is very similar to a Pro except that it has springs like the Flyer. I tried the B17 and decided against it.
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Anyone touring on a non-touring saddle will be disqualified.

Do not even think about it.

You have been warned!!!!
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