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I am so excited, new Brooks saddle(23 posts)
|I am so excited, new Brooks saddle||Dog|
Sep 7, 2001 1:50 PM
|I finally received the final component for the full restoration of my 1980 Bianchi - a Brooks saddle. Just came in, and my is it gorgeous. Black Swift with big copper rivets. But, I did cheat and got the version with Ti rails. I just couldn't help it.
Now to break the darn thing in...
|re: I am so excited, new Brooks saddle||mackgoo|
Sep 7, 2001 2:00 PM
|If it's like my Swallow, there's no break in. It will comfortable right from the start.|
Sep 7, 2001 2:08 PM
|How tight should the tensioner be? Is it better to have it a little less tight at first? Thanks.
Sep 7, 2001 2:11 PM
|I heard you should be very careful of using the tensioner, but others say to actually loosen it about 1/4 turn to help break it in. I have both a B17 and a Conquest. I haven't touched the tensioner on either one.
As you are facing the nose of the saddle, clockwise is tighter, counter is looser. Never go more than 1/4 turn in either direction in one sitting.
That is my only advice. Harris cyclery (sheldonbrown.com) recommends never touching the tensioner.
Sep 7, 2001 2:32 PM
|Well you have to get a pinch of wolfsbane, pick it under a full moon and then sacrifice a virgin to get the seat JUST RIGHT!|
|so, where's the virgin? nm||Dog|
Sep 7, 2001 2:37 PM
|This tight ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 7, 2001 6:15 PM
|... As a trucker once told me after backing his semi up to the loading dock in our too-small parking lot:
"If I could find a woman that tight, I'd MARRY her."
Probably a virgin.
Sep 7, 2001 4:18 PM
|I did nothing except the obligatory initial proof hide.|
|Brooks lovers rejoice!||UncleMoe|
Sep 7, 2001 2:08 PM
|Do you ever just stop riding, get off the bike, and smell the leather? Damn I love the smell of leather. I don't actually stop riding, but at home when I'm cleaning my bikes, I certainly take pleasure in the scent.|
|Brooks lovers rejoice!||bikedodger|
Sep 7, 2001 2:10 PM
|Let me get this straight... You smell bike seats? Do you know what's been sitting on those?|
|Sad I know...||UncleMoe|
Sep 7, 2001 2:13 PM
|It is a bad habit, but I only smell my own saddles, unless I see a really nice Brooks on another bike and no one is looking. Awww, they smell sooo good.|
|I wonder how one would look on the cruiser ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 7, 2001 2:15 PM
|... I'm happy with my present seat, but it already has a replacement vinyl cover, and won't last forever. A Brooks would be a neat retro touch.
Same goes if I ever find that elusive Paramount. I'm sure glad Brooks is still in business.
|here is what you need...||Dog|
Sep 7, 2001 2:19 PM
|I'd pick one for the cruiser with springs:
|I have the Flyer Conquest...||UncleMoe|
Sep 7, 2001 2:26 PM
|on my MTB. It is so nice, but heavy at almost two pounds. I just eat less pizza.|
|From Sheldon, most folks suggest I get ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 7, 2001 2:32 PM
|This durable model:
Sep 7, 2001 3:19 PM
|cruiser- yes, paramout- oh no|
|Not even on a ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 7, 2001 3:51 PM
|... Paramount of similar vintage to the cruiser, circa 1971-72? Preferably with chromed lugs? Rigged as a fixie? I'd think that would be the right saddle for it!
What would be your objection? (Just curious, I've never owned a Brooks).
|Why Dog Why?||Cat|
Sep 7, 2001 2:31 PM
|An ugly boat anchor that requires regular maintenence and you havee to keep it out of the rain! Ahhh hate Brooks!|
|He's got other bikes to get rained on ...||Humma Hah|
Sep 7, 2001 2:33 PM
|... the old Bianchi sleeps with him.|
|It's for a "special" bike||Dog|
Sep 7, 2001 2:36 PM
|Sort of like needing redline tires on a '60's Vette. Don't ride it much, anyway.
|re: I am so excited, new Brooks saddle||badabill|
Sep 7, 2001 4:11 PM
|Ive been breaking in my team pro for a week now. Have to say it was comfy from the get go and is getting better. 2 nice wear spots were my bones sit. Plus it looks cool on the shark. Picked it up at performance for $42. I have not touched the tension yet, still feels firm. Used Mink oil to help with break in and to give a little water proofing. So far so good.|
|re: Brooks saddle||ACE|
Sep 10, 2001 4:46 AM
|I need a B17 for my Raleigh Sports, but I think I might have trouble sneeking that by my wife (Saddle would cost several times more than the bike).|
Sep 10, 2001 4:55 AM
|I need a B72.|| |