Brooks Saddles B17 Standard S Bicycle Saddle (Women's)
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- BROOKS ENGLAND'S FLAGSHIP MODEL - The B17 is ideal for long distance touring, trekking, MTB, or Road riding.
- HANDMADE IN ENGLAND - Manufactured by skilled craftsmen for over 100 years using traditional techniques and the finest vegtable tanned leather on the planet.
- LIFETIME COMFORT - The B17 shapes to your body over time, like a fine wine - this saddle gets better with age.
- THE ORIGINAL LEATHER SADDLE - Often immidated, never duplicated, this simple yet elegant design is the original leather saddle. Don’t be fooled by immatations, this is the saddle you've been looking for.
- BUY WITH CONFIDENCE - Brooks backs up the B17 with a 10 year manufacturers warranty
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Brooks Saddles B17 Standard S is our flagship model, ideal for long distance sports touring, trekking and atb use. It has been on the market for over 100 years, being featured in as early as the 1898 catalogue. The Standard models feature black steel rails and the honey leather seat features tubular steel rivets. This saddle weighs 455 grams.
Color: Aged Tan with Black Laces
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I was 3 hours into a 6 hour ride one day, years ago, and the ass wedge of a relatively respected and not cheap saddle was attempting to split me in two. I was considering at the time that taking my enjoyment on a nice long ride should not be causing me this much pain. Was I just getting old (well yes), was I getting soft (maybe), when I was younger did I just not feel pain? Not likely. It seemed to me that a long time ago riding was not so painful.
I was recalling that my old Schwinn Continental (yes I am that old) never seemed to cause me this much pain. A blinding flash of insight, or maybe a bump in the road, brought me to the realization that the seat on that old bike was leather. Might even have been a Brooks, I don't remember. But, what I do remember is spending hours in the saddle and not being in such pain! All the way home I was thinking of how nice it would be to not be in pain while enjoying my favorite sport.
Soon after I bought one of several Brooks B-17 saddles. Even before it was broken in it was better than any that I had on my bikes. Once broken in, I was in heaven. They are heavy, not an issue with me, so am I! They take some care, not a problem for me. On tours I've spent 8 plus hours on the bike and my butt is happier than many other parts of me by the end of the day. Is a Brooks B-17 the best for everyone? Probably not, but I'd give it a try if your present saddle is treating you bad!
Once I put the new Brooks Saddle on, everything changed. First, let me reiterate what other people have said about this seat - it is not something you just toss on there and instantly life is perfect. My stock seat post was not tilt adjustable so I bought a new Thompson seat post. It works perfectly, allowing me to make very minute adjustments to the tilt and seat positioning.
I made the mistake of popping the new seat on and going for a 16 mile ride. It was quite comfortable compared to my old seat - then I could barely walk, let alone ride, for three days. Turns out I had it positioned just a bit too high and was unconsciously sliding side to side a little bit each time I turned the crank. After lowering the seat I found I kept sliding forward and fighting to keep myself in the proper position - small readjustments in the tilt fixed that. I'm pretty sure at this point I have it all dialed in where it needs to be but I still bring my wrench along just in case I want to make a little tweak.
So, was it worth it?
Every penny and more. It's not broken in yet but it's already WAY more comfortable than my stock seat. I've also found it's made me faster - I'm seated properly now and can feel when something is not right. Instead of a foam seat squishing out of the way to compensate for poor riding position my seat now helps me keep in line. When everything lines up and you get it right, it is a very very nice thing.
If you are reading this then you are already contemplating a new seat. This one is worth the money and worth the effort getting it positioned properly.
Bring your allen wrench when you get it installed, keep your first several rides somewhat shorter until you get yours right, and you will be happy with this purchase.
I love cycle touring, but have struggled with saddle soreness on rides over 40 miles in a day.
The Brooks B17 saddle was more comfortable from the first time I sat on it.
I purchased the Aged Tan Saddle and it is perfect.
I am 5-10, 185 pounds, not a stick figure of a cyclist.
This is an extremely well constructed, handsome, classic design.
I now can enjoy cycle touring at a new level.
No more concern about the last ten miles of a 50 mile leg of a tour.
Buy one today- you will not regret the extra money spent on this fabulous saddle