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Brooks Saddle(9 posts)

Brooks SaddleHENRY K
May 2, 2002 4:11 AM
I have read a lot about Brooks Saddles. They look uncomfortable but people say that once you break them in they are great. Any comments?
re: Brooks SaddleMJ
May 2, 2002 4:25 AM
if you do a search on this site - or just scroll down - you'll find numerous comments re Brooks - there was a lengthy thread just last week about one poster's poor ass
re: Brooks SaddleRoadracer
May 2, 2002 5:44 AM
Speaking for myself, I love mine. I have had it probably 15 years and put untold miles on it and it still looks great. One of the rails is bent and I probably should get a new one but it hasn't moved/bent more so maybe I won't. I tried a really nice lite ti seat two years ago and just about died. My sit bones were screaming at me for months, even after I switched back. So inspite of the weight I will stick with a Brooks.
Love 'em or hate emRay Sachs
May 2, 2002 6:43 AM
Like any other saddle it's personal preference. I love 'em, some folks can't stand 'em. The break in helps, but most people that like them were pretty comfortable on them right away and the break in just makes it better and better.

-Ray
Love mine--I think the break-in is exaggeratedretro
May 2, 2002 6:54 AM
I'd had several (they were sold or stolen--far as I can tell, they never wear out) and love both the B-17 and the Pro models (got B-17s on two bikes and a Pro on one now). They do become more comfortable with use, but I think the break-in difficulties have been blown up. Mine have been pretty comfortable right out of the box. Set-up seems to be critical, though. Very slightly nose-down (not more than 2-4mm) works for me.
Hated mine--I think the break-in is a myth. - nmdzrider
May 2, 2002 7:37 AM
Not for everyone...DINOSAUR
May 2, 2002 8:01 AM
I rode off and on with a Brooks Team Pro for about one season. I did not find a long break-in period. It took a couple of hours to get used to the hard leather surface. The more I used it the more comfortable it became. The problem was dialing in the Brooks rails with the geometry of my Klein in regards to my KNOP setting.

I've also read, I believe on the Brooks website, that you can over treat them with leather conditioners causing them to wear prematurely.

Another negative factor is the over sized copper rivets that chew out your cycling shorts almost overnight.

But they are worth an experiment, that's about the only way you find out what works for you and what doesn't...
Good Point, Often OverlookedRay Sachs
May 2, 2002 11:25 AM
The rails on a Brooks are pretty short and favor a more forward position (probably because these things were designed in the days of VERY slack seat angles being common on bikes). If you want both a Brooks and a relatively rearward position, you either have to have a frame with a slack seat tube angle (72.5 or less) or an extreme setback seatpost. Tough for me to get 'em to fit on most modern bikes.

-Ray
break in exagerationSteve98501
May 2, 2002 11:51 AM
I wasn't comfortable after 60 miles on any saddle I tried, so I bought a B-17 last June. First ride was 82 miles. I figured it couldn't be any worse than any of my other saddles. It was OK, and it just got better. Wish I had bought it years earlier. The nose section is a little wider than my other saddles, but not really a problem, and I don't even notice that any more.