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Old 06-24-11, 02:17 PM
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Another B17 Saddle Break-In Horror Story

Here's the culprit:


I bought a B17 Select in preparation for my LHT build. Well, I attached it to the seatpost on my road bike (Fuji Professional) and went for a quick ride (36kilometers). I have to admit that I was a bit worried after reading several posts regarding the Brooks Saddle. Pieces of taint falling off, numbness in the spine, and going blind were all thoughts in my head as attached the saddle to the seatpost and put it on the bike.

With much trepidation, I got on the bike and began to pedal. My fears were quickly allayed. The seat just plain fit my ass. Kind of nice, like a broken in pair of jeans. My break-in for the saddle was minimal. One light coating of proofide and a buffing, and off I went. I did have the front of the saddle pointed up slightly. Compared to my Fuji's OEM seat, it was huge improvement. My butt bones were still a bit sore from getting back into riding but I can tell this seat is a vast improvement.

I know this seat isn't for everybody but it definitely was for me. I think my biggest mistake was putting it on my road bike. Now I need to buy one for my LHT build.

Here's a shot of the seat on bike:

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Old 06-24-11, 02:31 PM
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Get a Brooks Pro for the road bike , when the touring bike needs a saddle.

I've had the same brooks pro for 30 years on my 'road' type bike.. RB1, now
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Old 06-24-11, 05:06 PM
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Cunning... very cunning. You've now totally disappointed and deflated a myriad Brooks haters!!
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It took me about .8 mile to break in my B17
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Yes, Doochickie...

I don't have a Brooks saddle, but I do have two similar leather saddles: an old Ideale and a Belt from an old Fuji. Both were almost instantly comfortable.

I wonder some of these "break-in" stories come from people who don't do much cycling...
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Dangit, I will get one of these eventually!
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
It took me about .8 mile to break in my B17
Same here, my B17 Aged just worked for me right out of the gate. Guess we're the lucky ones.
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Sometimes it just depends on the leather lot on each saddle.
My first B17 (black) was very comfortable and easy to break in.
My newer honey colored B17 took over a year with lots of fiddling to "zero in" and still didn't play nice with my anatomy, until (out of desperation) I put it on an upright cruiser....then BINGO!!...Juuuust Riiiight.
The black saddle, I can move from bike to bike. The Honey, though is staying right where it is.
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Brooks saddles are handmade and I suspect there are variations from saddle to saddle and face it no two pieces of leather are going to be exactly the same...unless you clone cows and even then I wouldn't be too sure. My best recommendation would to be to purchase from someone like Wallingford Bicycle Parts that has a very generous return policy. FWIW I have never had a problem with any of my Brooks/Ideale or Wrights saddles, most are very comfortable right out of the box and only get better with age.

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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
Brooks saddles are handmade and I suspect there are variations from saddle to saddle and face it no two pieces of leather are going to be exactly the same...unless you clone cows and even then I wouldn't be too sure. My best recommendation would to be to purchase from someone like Wallingford Bicycle Parts that has a very generous return policy. FWIW I have never had a problem with any of my Brooks/Ideale or Wrights saddles, most are very comfortable right out of the box and only get better with age.

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They seem to be perpetually out of black B17's and Champion Flyers...

(still deciding between the two actually. I have no idea if I want sprung or unsprung!!!)
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
They seem to be perpetually out of black B17's and Champion Flyers...

(still deciding between the two actually. I have no idea if I want sprung or unsprung!!!)

Not really. They sell a LOT of those saddles.

They get alot in and sell alot of brooks.

They are good guys over there!
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Originally Posted by tiretread View Post
Here's the culprit:


I bought a B17 Select in preparation for my LHT build. Well, I attached it to the seatpost on my road bike (Fuji Professional) and went for a quick ride (36kilometers). I have to admit that I was a bit worried after reading several posts regarding the Brooks Saddle. Pieces of taint falling off, numbness in the spine, and going blind were all thoughts in my head as attached the saddle to the seatpost and put it on the bike.

With much trepidation, I got on the bike and began to pedal. My fears were quickly allayed. The seat just plain fit my ass. Kind of nice, like a broken in pair of jeans. My break-in for the saddle was minimal. One light coating of proofide and a buffing, and off I went. I did have the front of the saddle pointed up slightly. Compared to my Fuji's OEM seat, it was huge improvement. My butt bones were still a bit sore from getting back into riding but I can tell this seat is a vast improvement.

I know this seat isn't for everybody but it definitely was for me. I think my biggest mistake was putting it on my road bike. Now I need to buy one for my LHT build.

Here's a shot of the seat on bike:

I would be wondering just how much the select saddles darken over time.
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Not really. They sell a LOT of those saddles.

They get alot in and sell alot of brooks.

They are good guys over there!
Guess I'll have to keep checking every day then.
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
They seem to be perpetually out of black B17's and Champion Flyers...

(still deciding between the two actually. I have no idea if I want sprung or unsprung!!!)
You have to keep checking or better yet shoot them an email and ask Bill to let you know when more come in. If you don't mind keeping it regardless you can order direct from Brooks, which I have done in the past. I also have gotten at least one from Longleaf Bicycles.

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ordered both of mine from SJS Cycles in the UK.

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/brooks-b1...gecurrency=usd

Got the first one for $65 during a good exchange rate period.
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I replaced the cushy gel Sele Royale on my commuter with a green Brooks, just because of the green and the copper. I was a bit worried also about breakin, etc but by mile five it was like a butt glove. One trick I read about is putting a heavy layer of Proofhide *inside* the saddle.. that way it doesn't darken so much.

Be careful of copperitus with the Brooks Classic saddles.. as you can see I am getting carried away with copper bottle cages, copper fender stays... and I am still looking for copper skewers and seatpost clamp.
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Originally Posted by tiretread View Post
Here's the culprit:


I bought a B17 Select in preparation for my LHT build. Well, I attached it to the seatpost on my road bike (Fuji Professional) and went for a quick ride (36kilometers). I have to admit that I was a bit worried after reading several posts regarding the Brooks Saddle. Pieces of taint falling off, numbness in the spine, and going blind were all thoughts in my head as attached the saddle to the seatpost and put it on the bike.

With much trepidation, I got on the bike and began to pedal. My fears were quickly allayed. The seat just plain fit my ass. Kind of nice, like a broken in pair of jeans. My break-in for the saddle was minimal. One light coating of proofide and a buffing, and off I went. I did have the front of the saddle pointed up slightly. Compared to my Fuji's OEM seat, it was huge improvement. My butt bones were still a bit sore from getting back into riding but I can tell this seat is a vast improvement.

I know this seat isn't for everybody but it definitely was for me. I think my biggest mistake was putting it on my road bike. Now I need to buy one for my LHT build.

Here's a shot of the seat on bike:
Need a Swift or a swallow on that one..
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Cra9! I was going to make you a low ball offer!
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Cra9! I was going to make you a low ball offer!
speaking of lowball, I think that seat angle might win the "most tilted up Brooks" award. But hey, they are your huevos, make mine hurt just looking at it.
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It actually doesn't bother me until I lean on the aero bars. Then it feels kind of funny down there. Not bad funny, just funny.
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tire, thats the thing with seats, go with what works for you.
I've only been riding on Brooks since last season, I did notice that as it breaks in more, you might find you'll want to make some minor adjustments. Might have been just me but it did help. I also misadjusted it once, kinda due to not noticing the fore/aft positioning as there are not any lines on the rails, and rode it for a while with it a bit too far back. People say that they need more fine tuning position wise than other saddles, I dunno, but small changes do make a difference, so do listen to your body and maybe be aware that as it changes shape you might need some small adjustments. I put some tape on the rails as a guide, and I found it helped a lot when I put my first B17 onto another bike.
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Nice saddle and bike!How much weight can you carry on that bike and where do the panniers go?
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Nice saddle and bike!How much weight can you carry on that bike and where do the panniers go?
The only weight that bike carries is my fat ass! I'm breaking in the seat in preparation of my LHT build which should be done by mid-July.
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Cunning... very cunning. You've now totally disappointed and deflated a myriad Brooks haters!!
Myriad? Wow, I am now doubly deflated since I thought we were a tiny minority

BTW, my one and only Brooks was reasonably comfy right out of the box but nothing special to be worth the extra weight. After some months of riding in the rain it totally sucked and became the least comfortable saddle I have owned. Maybe I abused it.
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Myriad? Wow, I am now doubly deflated since I thought we were a tiny minority
Nah, we're out here, hating Brooks... an' LHT's!

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