However, they're not for everyone, and as others are saying, just find the saddle that's comfortable for you. I recently got a biomega Copenhagen and it is maybe not so comfortable within the Bermuda Triangle area. But knowing the zany reputation of the legendary Brooks, who wrote and directed it, I thought I had a pretty good idea. They are a bit heavier and take longer to break in than more contemporary designs but the comfort they provide once broken in is why so many still swear by them. We bought Brooks for our tandem this year 3 weeks before the 450 mile Ride the Rockies over a bunch of 12,000 passes in Colorado.
But on some bikes, it belongs. A friend bought the deluxe version and gave up on it after about 1,500 miles. Then years later I tried the B67, which is also sprung, but has a wider profile. It does get more comfortable with time 15,000 miles so far , but it was fine for 50-mile rides the day I got it. The testament to this is that there are still saddles in active use today, made many many years ago.
So maybe after measuring you could look for a brooks saddle the correct size or find another saddle that would fit your needs. Please note: Bikes and other bulky items cannot be returned using our local returns service where applicable. Bike seats are like shoes and pants. It was a little sore, but no major pain. I bought the recreational one and couldn't be happier with it. The 1974 hit dominated much of the conversation. I am a honey or black kind of guy although I do own a titanium coloured one with titanium rails: very sharp.
It can't be slid back too far in the seatpost so you may want to use one with a little offset. Saddle Maintenance Unlike with plastic-shell seats having synthetic covers, leather saddles need special care for a long, happy life. Top of the B17 range is this B17 Special Titanium with copper rivets and a titanium frame Move up to the £110 B17 Special and the B17 S Special and you get the same leather top, but a copper plated steel frame and hand hammered copper rivets. Your bike falling over in the garage or driveway isn't going to phase it at all. Brooks pronounced it his best film and perhaps the funniest movie ever made. A half turn every 6-12 months should be all it takes. Could see break-in taking longer in cooler weather.
I have a dear friend who has ridden his Brooks saddle for over 25 years. Comfortable from the first ride and the shape has remained as new without any sagging. So kept trying to find something to match the comfort without luck. Nearly all Brooks saddles are offered in an S version, especially in the Touring and City families. Aren't you got the large tin of Proofhide? Dry Ride seat cover The rest There are, of course, many other saddles out there in the saddle universe, and just because I happen to like Brooks, doesn't mean you shouldn't experiment to see what works for you. Click to read the whole Los Angeles Times article This entry was posted in on by.
One down side is the limited rearward positioning due to the short rails. The deluxe B17, as you note, has thicker leather. John Godfrey Macnaughtan and Adrien Williams were able to buy the company and keep production in England. Top of the B17 range is the B17 Special Titanium. It's very counter-intuitive, because the saddle feels so hard - how on earth can it feel soft to your butt? So, a tension bolt is provided under the nose.
In a 2014 interview with , a Brooks spokesperson stated that according to family legend, the company began when founder John Boultbee Brooks, a horse saddle manufacturer, tried to use a bicycle after his horse died but found the wooden seat very uncomfortable. I replaced it with the C15 which was great, just not the one I wanted. For the most comfortable seat out there, I'll take all that. Also, Brooks were amalgamated with Wrights Saddle Co. Ross Noble, Lesley Joseph, and Hadley Fraser will lead the cast, with featured roles played by Dianne Pilkington, Summer Strallen, and Patrick Clancy. So there are two things you can do to prevent this - the first is to make sure you treat the saddle occasionally with Proofide, which is the waxy leather treatment made by Brooks specifically for their saddles there are lots of other leather treatments out there, but Brooks recommends this one specificially. It fits my road bike great and my first outing was a hilly 65 mile training ride.
When Raleigh collapsed in 1999, Brooks was sold and subsequently went into liquidation. No big deal if you are one of those spandex guys. This is caused by fibres in the leather breaking down under the weight of the rider. I went on a assometer and I found out that my but was a lot smaller that the saddle I was using. That was one expensive mistake.