Saturday, May 2, 2009

why not try?

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).
sure is pretty!

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!

applying conditioner


Charlotte said...

Short amount of time? Hmmm.

I love both my Brooks, but it's an investment of more than just money.

bikegirl said...

Yeah, short, as in a few months of commuting...haha. I need to figure out the tensioning, though. After getting the angle right during the first ride, I can tell it's a nice shape. Time will tell, right?

Betty Mountain Girl said...

It looks like a really nice saddle. One of my yard sale fun vintage bikes has a Brooks seat on it, although it is not nearly as nice looking as this one :)