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Brooks saddle break-in questions ...(10 posts)

Brooks saddle break-in questions ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 11:19 AM
Hallejulia! The brand-new Brooks B66 has arrived. I'm planning to move the Schwinn roadbike seat from the cruiser to the Paramount, and put the Brooks, half a ton of chromed steel springs, double rails, and cowhide, onto the cruiser, where it should look the retro part.

But, of course, between the time I ordered it and now, I read a post here about Brook's "Proofide" conditioner, which I, of course, didn't order with it. They recommend using it before riding.

I am planning a 50-mile ride tomorrow, and it might rain some, so I guess I'm better off not installing it yet.

What length rides should I plan during break-in? Would a 50-miler be too long?

How many miles to break it in, roughly?

Should I get Proofide before riding it?
re: Brooks saddle break-in questions ...Jon Billheimer
Apr 4, 2003 11:34 AM
A little rain isn't going to hurt it. If it does get really wet just let it dry and it'll be okay. As far as break in is concerned mine never bothered me at all from day one. However I put in about 500 mi. on it before I noticed that it was starting to adapt to my butt, so to speak. Try a short spin around the block. If the saddle feels okay, don't worry about your 50-miler. That's only about a 2 1/2 hr. ride anyway. The nice thing about a Brooks is that it supports your sit bones so that you don't develop pressure on your soft tissues---that is if the saddle's the right width for you anatomy to begin with.
H2, ...JS Haiku Shop
Apr 4, 2003 11:40 AM
search for "brooks" to see some decent responses in the last couple months about rain and weather concerns and break-in info w/brooks saddles.

to summarize, put your butt on it and something under it (bag, fender, whatever) and don't worry about things.

my b17n took about 600 miles to become comfortable. those included rides of distance up to 100 miles, including the georgia 6-gap century (lots of climbing in the saddle).

get the proofide and use it once or twice a year. if it's likely the saddle was sitting in a bin for 2 years before it was delivered to you, it's probably good to treat it, but i wouldn't necessarily say it needs to be done first.

good luck.

Thanks, guys, but it turns out I'm sc####ed anyway!Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 11:45 AM
I'm pretty sure I ordered a B66, with two springs in the rear. I thought something was fishy when this three-spring monster popped out of the box. Its a B73.

I have mixed feelings on this. Its a ridiculous-looking thing. I'd never put it on the Paramount (which should have a single-rail mount anyway). On the other hand, I'm trying to decide if its just ridiculous enough to look right on the cruiser.

If this works out, the Paramount may get either a B17 or a Flyer (sprung single-rail)
B 73??? That's WAY too hip!OldEdScott
Apr 4, 2003 11:57 AM
It IS a monster! I've never seen one in real life, but I've admired the pictures! They're outrageous. Hell, it'd be perfect on HH, PLUS you can be damn sure with all that suspension you'll never have prostate problem one!

Keep it! Use it! You'll be the coolest dude in American on that thing!
Just weighed it ... 37.4 ounces ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 12:55 PM
This silly-looking thing is starting to grow on me! I think I WILL keep it!

If I can't stand the look, I could probably pull the front spring and turn it into a B-66.
Wow! What a change in look!Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 3:55 PM
It bolted right on. I needed to tip the nose down a little to make it comfortable (the whole idea of this wide seat was to get the load off the tender bits, and it seems to work).

The change in saddle has radically altered the lines. I had a sleeker-looking padded and sprung roadbike saddle on it before, and it looked like it belonged there. The B66 would have looked fairly similar. The B73 is quite a contraption, by comparison.

On the other hand, that old-fashioned-looking seat makes the cruiser, with a design dating back to the late 1930's, look modern by comparison.
Absent rain,OldEdScott
Apr 4, 2003 11:41 AM
I don't think riding it without treating it would hurt the saddle itself. I wouldn't get it wet without treating it though.

Since it's a B66, I doubt it would hurt your butt much either. Narrow, unsprung Brookses might be a little harsh, left untreated.

A 50-mile ride wouldn't be too long during break-in. Really, no ride of any length would hurt the saddle. Again, since it's a B-66, I doubt your butt would complain, and I even wonder if the 'break-in' concept applies. My wife has a B-66, and it was wonderfully comfortable from the first ride. For the unsprung Brooks, it's usually a few hundred miles before you start really noticing the sit-bone dimples that indicate it's shaping to your butt.
lots of spring on my unsprung b17n!JS Haiku Shop
Apr 4, 2003 12:02 PM
as i suspected, but didn't prove, until i saw the rail-mounted rack moving against road indulations. wondered why my merckx felt all buzzy and stiff after riding the 'crosser with the b17n almost exclusively through the poor-weather winter...the brooks b17n (unsprung) has quite a bit of natural suspension in the rails. that's compared to a selle san marco regal with Ti rails. fwiw.
One of mine even squeaks to let me know it's springing, nmOldEdScott
Apr 4, 2003 12:10 PM