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I just ordered my Brooks Saddle(12 posts)

I just ordered my Brooks SaddleUncleMoe
Aug 9, 2001 10:13 AM
Based on all the info on these boards and searching the archives, I found a fair number of testimonials from many posters about Brooks saddles. Today I went ahead and ordered the B17 Champion in Honey Brown color. It was about $20 more than the regular B17, but has larger rivets and some other minor cuts to the leather that make it a bit higher fashion wise. Figured if its as good as everyone says and it'll last a lifetime if kept up properly, it is worth the extra $20.

I'll let you know how it turns out so perhaps others considering it will be swayed one way or the other.

Just some info on where to by them onlone:

WALLBIKE.com - I bought from Bill. He was way nice on the phone and was up front and honest on advice on which one to get. For $99 it covered the saddle, the proofide leather soap, a adjuster wrench, and 2 day priority shipping. Also has a 6 MONTH RETURN POLICY.

Rivendellbicycles.com - The prices were a little higher at $95 for the saddle I got. Plus, the text said that you can get the B17 for $60 elsewhere, but the leather is cheaper than the ones they sell. I asked wallbike.com if there was a difference in leather on the B17 and B17 Chamion and he said no. Not saying Rivendell is misleading, but it certainly confused me enough to stay away.

Harriscyclery.com - Everyone's favorite Sheldon Brown. I never got a chance to talk to them. I decided on the B17 champion and it was $7 cheaper at Wallbike. I certainly appreciate their informative website though.

Those were the three sites I really looked at. Maybe this will save someone else some time in the future. I'll let you know how my saddle works out.
WallbikeRusty McNasty
Aug 9, 2001 10:33 AM
these guys are awesome, and the selection of saddles is phenomenal. The only problem is, the post office down there in New Orleans doesn't seem to believe that "priority mail" needs to be shipped out with any alacrity. I waited 8 days for my last package from them!! Still, it was just before Mardi Gras, so maybe the truck driver got stuck.
Seat Cover AdviceUncleMoe
Aug 9, 2001 10:41 AM
Rusty - I know you are a big proponent of Brooks Saddles. In rainy weather, what do you use for a saddle cover? I've read some people just keep a plastic bag and duct tape handy to wrap the bag underneath the saddle to prevent splash-up from the road.

I should have asked Bill at wallbike, but what do you use and where can I get it?

To be honest, I've never even looked at seat covers cause mine aren;t damageable by water, and I live in San Diego where it hardy ever rains. But in October I'm riding from San Fran to San Diego and the coast could be moist.
Seat Cover AdviceRusty McNasty
Aug 9, 2001 11:51 AM
A plastic shopping bag works fine, although some locals like those saran-wrap covers, for parking. If it's raining, take a plastic bag, and tie it around the seatpost. You don't want to get a brooks saddle soaked, either from the top or the bottom.
LOL!BrainD
Aug 9, 2001 12:16 PM
A plastic shopping bag??? Now that will make for some nice saddle sores! What about letting the saddle 'breathe'?
Doh!grzy mnky
Aug 9, 2001 12:35 PM
He's talking about friggin' rain. Shopping bags work great for this.
Doh!D'Ohhh!!!
Aug 9, 2001 12:37 PM
no sh!t???
Not with the bag in place! ;-) (nm)grzy mnky
Aug 9, 2001 12:39 PM
Seat Cover Advicecycleguy
Aug 9, 2001 6:59 PM
I rode a leather saddle for 20 years, but made by Souffatie (ms) If you leave it out in the Sun long a saddle cover is a good idea. Leather is just like skin, oh it is. LOL Goes for any saddle. But I have found the all leather seem to degrade more then the rest. Also good idea to treat with something, Mink Oil, Bear Grease, etc.
Shower CapMeDotOrg
Aug 10, 2001 7:33 AM
Cheap, light, and the elastic conforms around the seatpost. Also, I beleive its original intended purpose has something to do with keeping out water...
re: I just ordered my Brooks Saddlekyvdh
Aug 9, 2001 12:31 PM
Just to add to the sources for Brooks saddles. You might also try www.permaco.com. I bought mine there for a slightly lower price than wallbike.com but I think the 6 month return policy is worth the extra money if you are buying your first Brooks and have doubts. If you end up buying duplicates for other bikes, permaco may have better prices.
re: I just ordered my Brooks SaddleKStone
Aug 10, 2001 12:57 PM
WoW!! a Brooks Saddle...Welcome to the 80's...a saddle that needs a a cover in the Rain?
What happens when you sweat on it? A seat cover?...just something else to carry or forget on every ride. Is a Brooks worth all the extra time and effort? How can it be that superior with out being copied by other Mfg.ers? Sorry...I just don't get it.
KStone