On a few occasions over the last 10 years, people have told me how much they love their Brooks saddles. I'd look at the saddles when we had a new one in the shop, knock on the leather surface as though I was knocking on a door and wonder why anyone would want to break in one of those things.
I don't like breaking things in - hiking boots, running shoes; they should fit well and not cause me to suffer from day one. As for saddles, I've been a believer for years in those designed by Terry. I have a couple Butterfly models, a Butterfly Gel (on which I toured in New Zealand) and a Liberator.
This spring, we have yet another Brooks enthusiast on staff (that's three of 'em... all guys). So, I thought, why not? I mean, I might find this to be the best saddle ever. A couple of the guys say they don't even wear cycling pants with chamois (I can't imagine).
So, tonight I brought home my new honey-colored B17S, along with some Proofide to help soften and break it in. I know there are other things I should be doing this evening, like cleaning my road bike before the race tomorrow, but there's something about new biking equipment that just helps me get excited about a bike again. The B17 is going on the single-speed commuter. I'm hoping that in a matter of just a short amount of time, this saddle will fit me perfectly!