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Readjusting used Brooks saddle?(4 posts)

Readjusting used Brooks saddle?dzrider
Oct 14, 2003 5:24 AM
If I were to buy a used bike with a Brooks saddle is there much chance that it would someday fit me well? Or, is it more reasonable to figure on replacing it and add the cost of a new saddle to the anticipated total cost of the bike?
How close is it now? If it's completelyOldEdScott
Oct 14, 2003 5:53 AM
deformed and isn't comfortable, I think I'd just figure on replacing it. They're dirt cheap these days.

But ...

If it feels in the ballpark (good chance it does) and the tension screw still has some life in it, tighten it up good (maybe tighter than you normally would), cover it with a wet towel (this is disgusting now, but bear with me) and then take a couple hour ride with the towel on it. After the ride, let the saddle air dry, then Proofide.

I've done this a couple of times in the past, and had fairly good results. It is, of course, entirely possible you'll just wreck the saddle, so if you decide to do this, you're on your own!
well, you know what they say about saddles ...tarwheel
Oct 14, 2003 5:54 AM
Everyone's butt is different, so you won't know if the Brooks fits until you ride it. On the plus side, Brooks saddle are very easy to sell on eBay. Generally they sell for close to retail price, assuming the saddle is in decent condition. The big issue I've had with Brooks saddles is achieving the right knee-over-pedal position. The rails on Brooks saddles are positioned differently than with most modern saddles, and I wasn't able to move my Brooks saddles far enough back, even with a setback seat post.
In my experience, they're not that butt-specificCory
Oct 14, 2003 8:16 AM
When it looked like Brooks might go out of business a year or so ago, I got a chance to pick up a couple of used ones--one was free, and one was $20. Both had been used by riders much smaller than I am and were well broken-in to presumably narrower butts. They were pretty comfortable from the start, certainly more so than a new Brooks.
For what it's worth, I think the whole issue of Brooks break-in has been inflated. Certainly they get MORE comfortable with use, but the ones I've had have been OK right out of the box. Positioning is important, though. If it doesn't feel right, try tilting it up or down just a little. Even a millimeter or two seems to make a difference.