Breaking in a Brooks saddle the unofficial way

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by jay clock, 5 Feb 2018.

  1. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Mine was comfortable from the outset. Never noticed any changes beyond. I did have to slacken off the tensioner bolt at first though, only a slither mind.
  2. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Brooks are built from 100% recyclable (metal) and compostable (leather) materials. Ideal for the eco-friendly folk. No plastic or fake rubber compounds etc (unless you go for the vulcanised range)
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  3. OP
    jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    Don't worry, I also have several Charge Spoons!
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  4. CopperBrompton

    CopperBrompton Bicycle: a means of transport between cake-stops

    The more straightforward method is to ride your bike. 200 miles later, it will be comfy.
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  5. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
    I gave one 500 miles and my posterior still hadn't moulded itself around the Brooks - it wasn't happening the other way round either. My conclusion was that I don't have a Brooks arse.
  6. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    even better than that, they are not wifi enabled and don't need an app or connected to an iPhone.
  7. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    2434 mile and as good as new, I think my last seat started to disintegrate after 2000 mile. I rubbed some G-Wax into it when I first got it last semptember and havnt bothered with it since.

    It seems to have more flex in the middle then when I first bought it, so should I thighten it up a touch or just leave well alone?
  8. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    You could give it half a turn just don't go winding the bolt up a bunch.
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  9. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    WOW! That's not lasting well, it looks about 70yrs old..... :laugh:

    My £18 Spoon has done about 16k and 7yrs and is still going strong.
  10. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    With my backside a real spoon would be more comfortable than a Charge Spoon.
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  11. kingrollo

    kingrollo Über Member

    Believe my great big brooks b17 on a CF road with deep section wheels isn't a status symbol. Its purely functional - I can't get comfy on anything else*

    (*no I haven't tried them all - before anyone asks)
  12. One approach that worked for me was to take the Brooks-equipped bike to Kenya for a fortnight on a cheap last-minute ticket.

    We only did about 250 miles, but the combination of hot hot weather, my hot bottom riding it and a tropical rainstorm almost every night with the bike outside left it a bit odd-looking (I must have an asymmetric backside) but very comfy.
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  13. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    NE England
    I had a B17 and found that after 1000 miles it was still an instrument of torture. However I did come up with a way to sort it. This is it.
    1. Bury it in the garden.
    2. Leave it for ten years.
    3. Buy a Specialised Body Geometry saddle to use in the interim.
    4. Forget where you buried the Brooks.

    It worked so well I bought a Specialised for each of my bikes, but didn't bother with steps 1, 2, and 4.
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2018
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  14. Started off with a little(I mean very little) beef tallow rubbed in, as well as some beeswax, also done that with a cheap Chinese leather saddle from Amazon. It worked out quite well, but Brooks saddles don't need a lot of persuasion, in my case.
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  15. Good vote for the Specialized saddles as well.
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