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  1. #1
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    First ride on my Brooks B17, ouch.

    Hi,

    So yesterday I put my brooks B17 on my bike and went for a very short hilly ride. I was holding my handlbars for my dear life as I was sliding of the saddle all the time and it felt that even some glue wouldnt hold me in. Second, not sure if it was the way I dialed in the saddle or just the fact that it's not for me but my girly parts were just in pain. I guess, the fact that I was sliding forward didnt help either but I was in a pain that didn't experience in a long time on a saddle. While I had no pain on my sit bones whatsoever, my front took the punch. Is it going to go away when the saddle won't be slipper? Or you think I am not a good candidate for this saddle? Thanks,

    Marina

  2. #2
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    Marina,
    Be sure to read this thread:
    http://forums.teamestrogen.com/showthread.php?t=14358
    I think SuzieQ had much the same issues as you are having, and I believe she is more comfortable now- perhaps you should consult with her as to how she adjusted things on her new B17.
    Lisa
    Our bikes...OurBikes...and my mountain dulcimer blog
    Ruby's Website and My blog
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  3. #3
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    Thank you Lisa, I played with the saddle yesterday. Sort of moved it a little forward and tried to make the nose part level. Couldn't try to ride it outside since it was freezing cold in NY this weekend. Looks like I need to lower the saddle a little bit too, since I notices that I was rocking from side to side when pedalling, that could also contribute to my problem. I feel like it's worth for me to leave it on the bike at least till it stops being so slippery. Maybe if I wasn't sliding forward so much and stay in one sweet spot it would be a good saddle. I was surprised because even though it's so hard it didnt bother my sit bones at all. Could it be because it's a perfect width and other saddles hurt because I was sitting on the edges ?

  4. #4
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    have you put proofhide on your Brooks? I used to feel like I was going to slip off mine too, early on. The proofhide will make the leather surface "sticky"
    so it might help. Suddenly, you're going to feel quite good up there.
    If you've ever ridden a horse, on an english saddle, it's the same sort of thing.
    You feel like you're just perched up there and could go flying off at any time.
    but then you "get it" and you don't feel that way any more.
    Glad that you are making little adjustments and noticing the difference.
    I rode 100 miles this weekend on two different brooks, and I have no saddle pain at all.
    Mimi Team TE BIANCHISTA
    for six tanks of gas you could have bought a bike.

  5. #5
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    Well I put it on and buffed it with this cloth that they provide with proofide and it seemed to make it more slippery. Should I proofide it again and just leave it on without buffing it? The back side of the saddle is definately comfortable because it feels like it's supporting everything (and there is enought to be supported there ). Since I can't ride outside during weekdays, I am going to put the bike on the trainer to minimize slipperness before this weekend ride outside

  6. #6
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    Ideally you should Proofhide it quite a few times, buffing it after it dries each time like the instructions say. Yes it will SEEM to make it smoother but it will actually be LESS slippery after being proofh'ed a few times, believe me. During the first few weeks, the more you proofhide the better.

    Assuming you have the saddle leveled well at this point...

    For me, I felt more comfortable with the saddle BACK in it's rails all the way, becasue it pulled my center of gravity back more and took some weight off my hands. I was able to feel better balanced all over with my saddle back on the rails, not pushed forward. It also brought my weight centered BACK onto my sitbones more (and OFF the saddle nose). Gave me more pedaling power too.
    Lisa
    Our bikes...OurBikes...and my mountain dulcimer blog
    Ruby's Website and My blog
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

 

 

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