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Brooks saddle problem(9 posts)

Brooks saddle problemJoe Nordic
May 17, 2002 9:42 AM
After reading so many favorable comments about Brooks
saddles, I tried a B-17 standard on my roadbike.
I found that my legs were hitting the skirt or side
of the saddle, and it just didn't work for me. I ride
in a touring position, not a bent over racing position.

Would a different model of Brooks be better?
Pro is narrower, but...cory
May 17, 2002 11:07 AM
I'm a big fan of Brooks, but they don't seem to work for everyone. I got my last one after I recommended them so highly to a friend that he bought one. He hated it, and I felt responsible, so I bought it (tried to get him to give it to me, but he wouldn't...).
The Pro is narrower than the B-17, but the difference is in the back, not the front part where you're probably rubbing, and that's a lot of money to be tinkering around. Doesn't sound like a break-in problem, and anyway, people who are going to like them seem to like them right out of the box. Maybe you just don't have a Brooks-compatible butt.
Pro is narrower, but...Jon Billheimer
May 17, 2002 12:39 PM
You might also consider the Brooks Swift, B17-narrow, and the Colt. But you should probably discuss the options with your supplier. As Cory says, the Brooks seems to be a love it or hate it product. I got mine a week ago, have put about 250 mi. on it and love it. However, our butts are as individual as our fingerprints.
Pro is narrower, but...Lone Gunman
May 17, 2002 1:29 PM
Width wise, Pro is 160mm wide, B-17N is 152 wide and the Swift which is really expensive has the sides cut away. Quantifier: doing this from memory and experience of buying last August, and I am not 100% certain but Swift may be discountinued.
another thought on that rubbing...cory
May 17, 2002 2:13 PM
I knew there was one with cutaway sides, but I couldn't remember what it was. If you've GOT that thing, and you can't sell it or ride it like it is, might be worth slicing away a little at a time to see if it improves. I'm not sure I'd do it, but...
Pro is narrower, but...mackgoo
May 17, 2002 5:06 PM
Actually it's called a Swallow.
re: Pro is narrower, but...Djudd
May 17, 2002 5:33 PM
great looking bike, extremely original paint

keep riding
it will be replaced by the "spit" nmcolker
May 17, 2002 7:28 PM
re: Brooks saddle problemHENRY K
May 17, 2002 5:47 PM
I didn't see your topice when I posted mine(up about 11 or 12 lines) I'm having a problem too. Wallingford Bikes has a good selection if you're looking for a Brooks alternative.