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Old 08-05-13, 06:11 PM
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Brooks B17 Standard saddle noise

I recently installed a Brooks B17 saddle on bike and applied the Proofide treatment on underside and lightly on top.
The first several short rides I did not notice any creaking noise, The 3rd ride I adjusted the tilt and forward position a
little to increase comfort. During this ride noticed a creaking sound when pedaling. After getting back home did a few tweeks to seat post and added some dry lube to seat rails and post clamp to no effect. After further investigating found the noise was coming from rear metal seat frame and leather. I applied more Proofide in that area and worked it in. That seems for now to correct problem. Further riding should confirm.

Has anyone else experience a similar problem with their Brooks saddles ?


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Old 08-05-13, 06:46 PM
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Not enough with my 2 Professional models.. to worry about.
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I've gotten a noise from the "nose" portion on my B-67. I melted some proofied and drizzled it into the nose area (from the bottom). Worked for me. I've also heard people say that it naturally works itself out after a time.
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Be careful not to apply too much proofhide from the start. These saddles work themselves in over time. It will take 200-500 miles to get it comfortable. If you're over that limit, say so, but you shouldn't have any problems from here on out.
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I have a new B17 that has about 800 miles on it now and was having the same exact issue. Just take the wrench and give the nose bolt a 1/4 turn. You dont really want to increase the tension just change the positioning of the bolt. That's what solved my creaking issues.
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I had a similar problem when I first got my B17. I was riding it on my bike on the trainer. I tried tightening the seat post and the where the saddle attaches to the seat post. What solved it for me was to lightly grease the rils on the saddle where it is held by the seat post clamp.
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I ride B17Ns on two of my bikes. One creaks and the other doesn't. The fix. Nothing. I just don't care. Al
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I applied a little more Proofide around the rear saddle frame yesterday and thought I had it isolated because I could not get to repeat my using my palm and pushing on top. After about 20 mins into ride today it came back. I can create same creaking sound with my palm. It is concentrated just above Brooks name plate. I will try the small turn of tensioner bolt and see if it improves.
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If this were a car, Click and Clack would recommend the easy fix: turn up the radio!
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
If this were a car, Click and Clack would recommend the easy fix: turn up the radio!


I wouldn't go too crazy with the tension adjustment. Once you turn it, the sound may go away, then it will stretch again to conform to you, then it will squeak, then you will tighten it, then it will stretch, the it will squeak... you get the idea. I wouldn't worry about it. I have heard it a couple of times but never worried about it. I may have put a little Proofhide on the offending area but I really don;t remember. It didn't squeak yesterday. I have never touched the tension as of yet. I won't until it is necessary due to too much sag, but not for a squeak.

Ride it and forget it. Mine didn't really begin to become seat nirvana until around 1,000 miles. Until then when I thought it was comfortable, and I thought it was, I really didn't know what comfortable was.
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After a few thousand miles on my B 17, no noise.
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I have one B17 that has intermittent creaks, and it can be annoying. It comes and goes. Ive done the slight tension bolt turn that helped a while, but then it came back. Did the dribble stuff around the rivets and metal areas and that helped, but then it still came back sometimes. Ive kinda given up on figuring it out, but it doesnt do it all the time and I only think of it when riding sometimes and I hear the creak, and then promptly forget about it when I get home, but in the end what is important is that I can ride on it all day and not be sore.

add this to the having to be more careful of them in rain (some of us anyway) or turning your bike upside down on rough stuff, the caveats of riding with a Brooks. Like I said, I just like that it is comfortable for me and this outweighs (sic) the heaviness of them and having to be more careful of them more than a plastic seat.
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