As a kid I did some leather working or some say leather tooling where you get your leather very wet, then you use stamps to put permanent designs into the leather. One of my covers is now on its third set of rails photo below. Most micro adjust seatposts have a rearward offset of around 20 - 25mm but used on a plane post, with the supplied bracket you do not get this. It felt good from day one, I could feel it supporting the sit bones instead of the soft parts. Fortunately, this nut usually requires a special wrench, so most people leave it alone. As the subject of this thread suggests, I'm looking for some help getting my new Brooks England saddle adjusted on my bike. I now prefer waterproof saddle covers with no top seams for this reason.
Thanks for the replies and advice everyone! The sleek design looks sportier than other Brooks saddles. Thought I should add that it is a Brooks B17 Select which is apparently a thicker leather from older hides. This last powdercoated set has outlasted the previous two chromed ones by a factor of 2x. With chrome rails, it costs £110. After trying both, I and my bum have to claim the as the superior saddle in regards to comfort over long distances.
My errand bike has a plastic saddle, but that bike is stored outdoors so a plastic saddle is more appropriate. They absorb the sharp impacts of big bumps and so shield the saddle from the full force of impact. Please help me figure out how to get the weight off my hands and on my butt so I can start putting in some miles with this saddle! I have more of a racing type bike, but I flipped up the stem and added spacers, and my B-17 works great. We are committed to delivering outstanding value and service to our customers, every day. Variations in hardness come from the tanning process. In 2002, they sold Brooks to of. Once adjusted and broken in, the B17 saddle provided comfort I have never before experienced on a bicycle.
The saddle absorbs bumps well without being too bouncy, and the low-profile design stayed away from my thighs, eliminating chafing issues. I find my new saddles mounted to the sus-posts take longer to break in and the older saddles last longer before needing replacement. The Select saddle, with its natural pale leather, is also ageing the more we ride it. The saddle looks good and feels even better. Brooks saddles are handmade in Birmingham, as they always have been, and we love the hand hammered brass rivets that hold the leather skin to the steel base. My advice is to leave it alone. It is well to remember that for many, this is the point where the saddle becomes most comfortable of all just not for me; we're all individuals, after all.
The upside down bike, the owner the previous evening turned his bike upside down to inspect the tires and look for debris that could cause a puncture. My own experience has been sadly much different. Reviewing a B17 saddle as new piece of gear may seem a bit odd — the design was introduced into the Brooks range in 1910. Using clipless peddles and shoes also helps, especially with the active stance. At this time I've put about 200 miles on this new saddle, every ride now is becoming more comfortable as it is molding to my pelvis. This all-new Select version uses extra-tough organic leather though — the Scandinavian material comes only from herds that are fed organic food and have more freedom than intensively farmed cows.
C17 summary: When not delicately getting off my bike at the end of the day, I enjoyed my time on the C17. It also absorbs vibration well due to its suspended design. I gave that one an adjustment of about half of a revolution of the adjustment nut when I got home and then let it dry out. I've put less than one turn on my saddle in 12 years of constant use including commuting in the damp uk. The C13 145 and C13 132 are also available as Carved versions with central cut-outs, at the same price.
Each of my broken rails occurred at the rear of the saddle clamp. For decaded, my family knew the mayor of the tiny town where she lives. And I keep them very dry, carry a water proof saddle cover at all times. See also the official Beware! The cover stays on all the time. The Randi Jo saddle cover is a product almost local to me.
Basically, I'm looking for advice in how to adjust the saddle to alleviate these problems, as I'm sure this can't be part of break-in period. I have never soaked the saddle to help it break in. I have today added another half turn before the photos were taken. There seems to be quite a bit of tension in the saddle already so I am reluctant to tighten it any more other than the half turn already done. Otherwise, I find a conventional or zero-offset clamp is located pretty far forward on the rails and my weight is placed on the rear. Included is a new slightly better side on photo.