Breaking in a Brooks saddle the unofficial way

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

  1. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    South Wales
    My B17 standard was comfy straight out of the box just a bit slippery initially.Still is very comfortable and only ever gets a light proofide once a year or less.Never yet adjusted the tension bolt.

    Only downside is it isnt so comfy on the drops but is great up on the hoods.
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2018
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  2. byegad

    byegad Legendary Member

    NE England
    I'm sure some bottoms suit Brooks of whatever variety. But after suffering for 1000 miles of riding the B17, I put on the Specialised Body Geometry and was comfortable straight away, well OK I had to adjust it after my first ride, for rake, but I'd fiddled with rake, distance and the B17s tension for 1000 miles to no avail.

    I bought another six Specialised for my other uprights, all of them were brilliantly comfortable. Lady Byegad tried the female version on one bike and immediately bought another for her other bike.
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  3. I rode mine for 18 months. That worked.
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  4. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    52 Festive Road
    How fast does the skin absorb it, out of interest?
  5. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    The underside absorbed it within 20 mins to be honest because it isn't treated with anything. It's just bare leather.
  6. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit Ribbit

    this plastic specialised thing only lasted about 10k - its amazing how much damage can be done with a pair of...
    Last edited: 6 Feb 2018
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  7. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    52 Festive Road
    You are Buster Gonad aicmfp
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  8. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    You have to ride it with a bare bottom for the first 2,000 miles to ensure it molds to your form.
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  9. mrandmrspoves

    mrandmrspoves Middle aged bald git.

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  10. 50%, by the beam.
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  11. gom

    gom Active Member

    Wishful thinking.....
  12. Officer MacCruiskeen will be by later to take both your statements, do not leave the parish without informing the constables.
    (In this book, you will find the explanation of the principles of atomic exchange between bicycle and rider, esp. the idea that the more you ride a bicycle, the more it and you share atoms until the person and bicycle become like one another. The book is hilarious, but the wikipedia article has a spoiler in it.)
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  13. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Senior Member

    Over many years I have grown to love my Brooks saddles but they all need care and regular attention so as to maintain the leather. I use a slightly wetted brush of leather dressing, paint it all over the surface, wait for it to soak in and then buff it up.

    As a former horse owner, I have always used equine leather dressing for all of my leather products, it is quite amazing how long a single bottle lasts and in truth it is as cheap as chips!
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  14. andyt414

    andyt414 Active Member

    Tried it, hated it and suffered all the way from LE to JOG. Sold it and bought a Selle Italia and have smiled ever since.....
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