Thursday, August 23, 2012

best of British,part 3 ~ Brooks

You've got to hand it to Selle Royal. They bought a broke, English saddle manufacturer,and with some very clever back spin created a thriving, profitable business.There's the Brooks Bugle with it's images of crusty old gentlemen hammering away at copper rivets,there's the range of tweedy, cycle specific clothing and various other leather accoutrement's

Of course none of this would be possible without those beautiful handy crafted saddles. I own two. A 'Champion Flyer' and the classic double rail B66. I must admit to feeling pretty conflicted about this review. They say it takes about 3 months to wear a Brooks saddle in. I would say more like 12. Even now,I still get saddle sores if I use them for more than a week or two. The reality is, I purchased them for their looks. A Brooks saddle is guaranteed to give any old treadlie a touch of class.
It's taken 12 months,but this B66 on the Bullitt is just about worn in.


Vicki said...

I'd agree about the wearing in time. I got a B17 for its looks then I rode a gazelle with an aged B67s and it was worn in when it was only a few months old and was so comfy I rushed out and got one myself, it is wearing in much quicker.

David J said...

Sometimes synchronicity does it's job nicely!
Just as I was yearning for something of substance... tired of all the changes and modern gizmos and junk. A Renaissance of bicycle gear and attire takes place and old leather saddles come back in vogue!

Good timing for Brooks, a worldwide yearning for simpler times.

BB said...

I have a B17 and a Champion Flyer which are pretty much the exact same saddle only the Flyer has a touch of suspension (2 springs).

I have been fortunate (I must have a Brooks-shaped bottom). When I first got my B17 I was quite apprehensive as I had read horror tales of months of uncomfy riding. I never really had this problem. Recently when I got the Flyer, the first day I rode 25km, the second 50km in jeans, and I haven't given the need to break the saddle in a second thought.

Actually, my only horror experiences with saddles have been with spongy comfort models or high-tech gel ones. Save me from the soft saddle! :-)

slow rpm said...

Hi Vicki. I suspect it may have something to do with the tensioner. Possibly I put too much torque on the Flyer which is why it is taking so long to reach 'comfy' mode.I'll stick with it until the end of the year and see what happens.(or perhaps I'll just slacken off the adjustment bolt a turn or two)



slow rpm said...

David J : I'm with you!


slow rpm said...

Hey BB. I think you have made a pretty valid point.It all just depends on the shape of the sitter. My favourite saddle in the fleet is the Peugeot mattress.Big-wide-spongy.


Chandra said...

Brooks it is, even if it takes time to break in.

Didn't have much trouble breaking in my brown saddles, but it took longer to break-in the black B-17. The B-135 I have took the least amount of time to break, I think.