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Brooks saddle tweaking?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I have a Brooks B-17 saddle on my Long Haul Trucker. It was very comfortable for a long while, but lately it’s feeling less so. After around 6,000 miles, it had sagged a bit, so I tensioned it about 1/4 turn. That brought some improvement, but I can’t shake the feeling that something else needs to be done. The problem is the leather is a little higher in the center than on the sides. I also feel like it sits a little lower now so it feels like the nose is pointed up a little more, even though I haven’t changed that.

I think the answer is to add laces to the bottom of it, to push the sides up and provide more support on the sides. Has anyone out there done this? Was it successful? I’ve read about a few different ways of doing it and I thought I’d get some more input before I take a drill to my saddle …

Thanks in advance!

7 Responses to “Brooks saddle tweaking?”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    Maybe it needs more than a 1/4 turn….

  2. Matias Says:

    I’ve had a B-17 for 1½ year and I guess I have tensioned mine 5-6 full rotations by now.

  3. Steve A Says:

    I have a Wright’s saddle that I have never tensioned. It’s 40 years old. Maybe just drop the nose a tad?

  4. Scott Loveless Says:

    I’ve tensioned my B17 a bunch. Apparently, little pieces of leather can stretch a few miles. Lacing it helped a bit, but I still think it was most comfortable right out of the box.

  5. Jon Grinder Says:

    Lacing will probably do the trick, if my past experiences are any indication. I’ve had a number of Brooks (and other brands) saddles that I’ve bought cheap because they were stretched out and “ruined”, but responded well to lacing.

    The first few that I did, I drilled 7 holes on each side, and laced them like a shoe. Effective, but it interfesres with the seatpost clamp, a bit. I later cut back to 4 holes per side.

    My new Cardiff came prelaced, through two holes (check rheir website for pictures). Maybe that would be sufficient, in your case.

  6. Myles/ rattrappress Says:

    I cant remember which blog it was, but I read about somebody placing a sponge between the top of the seat seat rails and bottom of the saddle leather when their Brooks lost it’s shape.

  7. Chris Says:

    If you lace, please document in your blog. One of my Brooks saddles might be a candidate soon. I’d appreciate your experience, if it occurs.

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