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Brooks B17 Standard Black Steel Saddle

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Brooks B17 Standard Black Steel Saddle + Brooks Proofide Saddle Dressing 25g
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Product Description

The Brooks England B17 Bike Saddle has been cushioning bums on bikes since 1898. This, the B17 Women's Standard S, cushions your female bum during long road tours and off-road jaunts. Brooks England made this bike seat wider than those in its sports category for comfort on long, multiday rides. This saddle's leather cover, chrome-plated steel rivets, and steel rails look classy atop your two-wheeled steed--plus, the leather conforms to your body shape like leather boots fit your feet.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 9 x 4 inches ; 2.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • ASIN: B00BCU5PJI
  • Item model number: B2000932-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,739 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Great saddle very impressive about the comfort.
Lukas
Go get your self a good seat buy your self a Brooks Saddle they have so many to pick from buy the one that right for you.
KDC19561954
A comfortable ride with no real break-in period.
Peregrine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 91 people found the following review helpful By BrooklynRider on March 24, 2008
Color Name: Black-Black RailsSize Name: One Size
The Classic Brooks B17 has a lot going for it. Mine is a Honey colored classic. It took me about 500 miles to break it in. I sped the process up with inundating in a substance I will not describe. I risked ruining the saddle, but the treatment seemed to set it in nicely. Be careful with advice to speed the break-in. You can ruin it. I'm a 165# male, FWIW.

The saddle for me, is very comfortable on the sit bones once it settles in. However, I recently changed my riding position, lowering my handlebar to a more aggressive stance, and I can no longer use it. I was recently 'fitted' by a professional to address other issues I was having on my bike.

Especially on the drops the Brooks caused problems. One one-hour ride and my 'taint, as they say, was screaming. It's a day after my ride and I still feel something a urologist could explain better than I. I've also had urological issues towards the ends of very long rides (60 miles and up) when your form and technique start to degrade.

I gave the saddle 4 stars since it is a classic and is still the last word for long distance riders whose handlebars are pretty much level with the top of the saddle, and who rarely need to use the drop position on their bike.

That said, using heavily padded shorts and bibs may exacerbate the soft tissue problems while improving sit-bone comfort.

Where is my saddle now? It's on my hybrid commuter where I "SIT" on the Brooks in a more upright position. If I had a Trek 520 or LHT, it would still be on my road bike.

It's not for everyone, but if it is for you, you will be one of the many many true believers. Just watch out for the 'taint!

Saddle selection is famously anecdotal. But the Brooks B-17 is certainly worth your time if you're a serious tourer. The saddle holds it's value very well, and even if you don't like it after-all, I doubt you'd sell it. I'm not selling it!

Happy trails.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Harrison on November 20, 2009
Color Name: Black-Black RailsSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
I simply love my Brooks B-17s. Currently I have two and a third is on the way. I use them on my daily commuter bike, an old mountain bike converted a single speed town bike and my Bike Friday New World Tourist which has been to Mexico, the Bay Area, and most recently, Las Vegas. The one I've on order will grace the Rivendell Quickbeam being built even as I write.

Why the B-17?

Unfortunately the saddles supplied with most bikes are uncomfortable plastic shells with some padding thrown on them. The plastic shell has no give and the padding eventually bunches up and creases giving the saddle some very uncomfortable spots.

A leather saddle, the Brooks B-17, on the other hand will conform to the shape of the rider over time. And, because the leather is support in back and front, the saddle itself acts somewhat like a hammock to support the rider comfortably.

I've never needed to use specialized riding shorts on my Brooks, even for long 50+ mile rides. I routinely do a 60 mile ride from Honolulu to Kailua and back and never experience problems. In addition, my daily commuting, 10-15 miles a day depending on errands, is done in work clothes for the most part and again, I've never experienced problems.

Some folks have say that during the break-in period these saddles can be uncomfortable. Personally I've never found that to be true. Yes, they are more comfortable when they are broken-in, but I think they are better to beging with than most of the stock saddles that have come with my various bikes of the years.

That break-in period will vary of course, depending on the rider. I've found that my Brooks become quite comfortable after just a couple of weeks which would be somewhere between 200-350 miles depending on my enthusiasm.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. Bowers on April 25, 2014
I bought this Brooks saddle via Amazon in Summer of 2013. Since then, the rails on the saddle have snapped. I've tried contacting Brooks multiple times regarding the prospect of a warranty repair or replacement. They are doing everything they can to stall me and dodge the issue, and each time the fact that I purchase through Amazon is their main complaint. Massively disappointing and frustrating.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marc I. Berrenson on February 28, 2008
Color Name: Black-Black RailsSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
I have a variation on the classic B-17. Mine has springs, since I'm over-the-hill and need the extra cushioning for my tushe. Brooks, hands down, makes the best saddles, and always has. This sort of quality is very had to find these days. Not as "svelte" as the racing saddles that are out there, but very comfortable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Vincent on July 29, 2013
Color Name: RedSize Name: Regular Verified Purchase
First off, saddles fit everyone differently. Brooks may get around this some because they break in to your shape but there are some people who are just never going to like the fit of these. There is nothing wrong with that just the way it is. I now have 2 brooks saddles. A red one about 6 months old that is broken in pretty well at this point and a brand new blue one that just has one ride on it. I followed the Brooks directions on both by putting proofhide on them liberally prior to putting them on the bike. Just as they describe, due to the nature of the leather they are breaking in differently. The red one took several rides before I could even notice it was breaking in. After one ride with the blue I can already see dimples forming. I don't think this has anything to do with the color just different pieces of leather. As far as the feel goes yeah they are a little stiff at first but even then the shape was good so they fit better than other saddles I have tried. I also noticed I slid around a little bit more on them before breaking in. They are both on a mountain bike. The sliding around may not happen on the road since you are not out of the saddle as much. If you are looking for this type of saddle you may have also come across Selle Anatomica. I tried one of their saddles first and did not like it. I have a friend who has also had the same issue with Selle Anatomica. The Brooks is definitely better for me.
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