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So i've finially made the move to a B-17 on my commuter rig (surly pacer). I've been having some swelling down there that the Doctor can't figure out (another appt. tomorrw), and i've decided that i need to stay on my bike, so i'm giving a b-17 a shot... ended up getting it for $55 from nashbar, so definatley worth it...

anyone have any advice about Brooks saddles... i know they take a bit of time to break in... do i need proof ride? any advice would be great... dont really commute in the rain (except the stray thunderstorms) and the bike is parked in my office, so no weather worries...
 

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I used proof hide on all of mine because I was told to...I can't honestly say if it helps or not...That being said, I have a very short break in time with Brooks...B-17s are comfortable for me right out of the box.....They only get better.....

Brooks B17 is the only saddle I can ride without padded shorts and still be comfortable....
 

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Break-in is played up as more of an issue than I've ever experienced. Tilt angle matters quite a bit...I think it works best with the nose just a touch above level. The wrong tilt angle can make a nice Brooks saddle feel very uncomfortable.
 

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Use the proofhide, especially if you have a chance of getting it wet. But try to keep it dry. The Proofhide does make breakin easier and quicker. Tilt is very important as Mark said, it seems counterintuitive but tilt the nose slightly up to start. Most comfortable saddle I've tried.
 

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toomanybikes said:
Break in on a B17 is about 10 minutes.
Breakin takes a little longer than that but mine was comfortable immediately once I got the positioning right. If it never 'broke in' it would still be more comfortable than other saddles I've tried.
 

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VaughnA said:
Use the proofhide, especially if you have a chance of getting it wet. But try to keep it dry. The Proofhide does make breakin easier and quicker. Tilt is very important as Mark said, it seems counterintuitive but tilt the nose slightly up to start. Most comfortable saddle I've tried.
+1 proofhide also protects the cow skin from buttsweat but the leather will get darker once its 'seasoned'.
 
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