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Source of the sore spot...(14 posts)

Source of the sore spot...Lone Gunman
Aug 18, 2001 12:10 PM
is my arse after a fifty mile ride today and I think i have found out why. I have been reading all the posts on seats lately and am considering a Brooks Pro. I am on a Terry fly and feel as though I should be more comfortable than I am and after today I know I should be. Had my best bibs on and was sore within the first hour of riding. I stuck my fingers under the seat while riding to get an idea of what was happening under there and discovered that the shell of the seat was riding on the the Ti rails in the front half of the seat, which just so happens to be where the majority of my weight rests. So every bit of road shock is transmitted to my arse and sit bones, no suspension in the seat at all. No wonder I feel like I just got out of prison. Any one know the weight of a Brooks Pro? I checked the site wallbike and Brooks and could not find it. Thanks all for tuning me into my arse further.
re: Source of the sore spot...DINOSAUR
Aug 18, 2001 3:39 PM
I think the Pro weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 270 grams.
I used one off and on for two seasons, I liked it, but I could not get it dialed in with my bike because of the position of the rails.

I finally went to a San Marco Eara that I purchased on sale through Performance for $59.00 (excluding shipping). For me this saddle rocks. Maybe it's because it fits my big butt, this is the second San Marco saddle I've owned, the first one was a San Marcos Rolls. I don't know what it is about saddles but sooner or later you will find one that works for you.

You might consider the Brooks Swift, they call it their racing saddle. It's narrower than the Pro and it has ti rails. If I was to purchase a leather saddle, this is the one I would buy. A tad more expensive than the Pro. I beleive Brooks has a web site if you put "Brooks saddles" in your search engine.

All this talk about saddles and I can tell you when I found my saddle it was like night and day. I was finally dialed in on my bike to the MM.

Good luck
Dino-man
re: Source of the sore spot...ronsod
Aug 18, 2001 3:50 PM
I just looked on Wallbike and could'nt find it either(the weight)Im sure I have seen it somewhere. I ordered a Team Pro last week so hopefully I'll have a positive review soon. Good luck.
re: Source of the sore spot...ronsod
Aug 18, 2001 4:19 PM
I knew I saw it somewhere-- on Sheldon Browns site--560 grams
re: Source of the sore spot...Lone Gunman
Aug 18, 2001 4:28 PM
Thanks, about double what the fly weighs. I actually am kinda mad about discovering the source of the sore spot. $100 a year ago for that damn Fly and now I got problems. Even worse I know I have to fix it. Today I kept sliding back to get the pressure off and feel as though the whole process sapped more energy out of me thinking about it and reacting to it. Someone explained how the Brooks saddle works like suspension, keeping you over the rails and then the saddle molds to you. i used to ride a really hard saddle, can't remember the name, but it was also plastic and foam and leather cover but too narrow. I may order today, nothing like the real experience.
Click on this site...DINOSAUR
Aug 18, 2001 8:35 PM
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/saddles.html

It lists all the Brooks saddles and their weights> the Pro weighs 560 grams, I don't know where I came up with 270 (?) I should have checked first, I can only retain so much in my advanced age..
Dino
Wow, those Brooks are some ugly saddles! (nm)LC
Aug 18, 2001 10:00 PM
So are Saabs and Vw bugs but people still drive them(nm)Lone Gunman
Aug 19, 2001 9:16 AM
Wow, those Brooks are some ugly saddles! (nm)Lone Gunman
Aug 19, 2001 1:53 PM
Especially the ones that have the pickup truck leaf spring thing goin on underneath. I see the weight on those is proprietary information. If you have to ask, it's probably not for you.
Aaaahhhhhhhh, Beautiful! Thank You.Stickers
Aug 19, 2001 6:39 AM
Just purchased the Fly, will take it back. Also bought the Butterfly for my chiropractor, will take that back and order the Professional. My saddle is weather worn. I have a swift, but I can Not sit on the saddle very long. Great for leg building though.
Aaaahhhhhhhh, Beautiful! Thank You.Lone Gunman
Aug 19, 2001 9:26 AM
Stickers,
To each his own, try out the fly. I think you have 90 days on it if you bought factory direct. The Swift(152mm) is considered the narrow group by Brooks. The Pro is 160mm wide, B-17 boat anchor is 170mm. Maybe wider is better for you, look at the whole lineup @ wallbike.com. I am just seeking relief, I expected to be sore today and am not sore at all. I may switch to older saddle and ride.
LG
re: Source of the sore spot...bw17
Aug 19, 2001 11:11 AM
I have 4500 miles on a Terry Fly purchased last year.
I have no problems with this saddle, even on centuries.
My weight is 150, maybe heavier riders will feel differently.
re: Source of the sore spot...Cliff Oates
Aug 19, 2001 11:47 AM
Nope. I'm 185-190 with 2 fly saddles and about the same mileage over the past year. It's comfy for me.
I'm surprised...jtolleson
Aug 19, 2001 7:29 PM
Saddle preference is quite personal so I wouldn't ever expect everyone to like every saddle, but the Terry fly is a nice saddle (did you have the ti or cromoly rails?). I'm wondering if the weight riding on the rails problem was a defect?

You still may not like the Fly, but unless you weigh like, I don't know, over 250 I wouldn't expect the seat not to stay properly suspended above the rails. I'd talk to the shop about the warranty and unless get the exchange (even if you switch saddles) so you aren't out the dough!