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Old 01-21-21, 03:21 PM
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Obviously, you should get the saddle fixed, then buy a new bike to mount the newly repaired saddle upon.
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
How resilient is that saddle compared to a good original Brooks Pro?
It's pretty stiff. I only got it back from Rudi in October, so I haven't had much opportunity to put many miles on it. Thickness and stiffness seems comparable to my other Professionals, so far pretty comfortable even though the leather has yet to take a set from riding.
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I discovered the Pro was discontinued right around the time I realized it was the only saddle I've ever really liked. The two of mine have been fantastic, and I wanted to get a few more. The B17 is too flimsy for my liking, after several hours of riding it absorbs enough moisture to stretch. My B17 s end up stretching just forward of the rear frame, so I end up riding on the rear frame later in a ride.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
It took 14 years and 25,000 miles but I broke my Brooks saddle. I’m really bummed because Brooks stopped making the Professional. Luckily, I had another...a Brooks Pro Alpe d’Huez.



Simon Firth fixed my B72 when the cantle cracked. He did a good job, but the repair was half the cost of brand new. Mine only had 2 years and 4400 miles on it. Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles
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Old 01-22-21, 08:29 AM
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Old 01-22-21, 08:53 AM
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If the leather is still suitable for you, I'd certainly advise replacing the frame. Brooks sell replacement frames and rivets. You can DIY if you are confident. I've successfully replaced rivets a few times, but the nose rivets are a real bear. Thankfully you should not have to worry about them as your nose piece is intact. As an alternative, Transport Cycles in Philadelphia is an authorized repair facility.

Good luck.
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Old 01-22-21, 09:36 AM
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Is there a difference between the Team Pro and the Pro?
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Old 01-22-21, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
Obviously, you should get the saddle fixed, then buy a new bike to mount the newly repaired saddle upon.
Kind of working on both.
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Originally Posted by gecho View Post
I discovered the Pro was discontinued right around the time I realized it was the only saddle I've ever really liked. The two of mine have been fantastic, and I wanted to get a few more. The B17 is too flimsy for my liking, after several hours of riding it absorbs enough moisture to stretch. My B17 s end up stretching just forward of the rear frame, so I end up riding on the rear frame later in a ride.
So that's why I can't find one....
Just bought a B17 Narrow for Christmas. Only 2 rides in so still have a while before being broken in.
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Old 01-22-21, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by stevel610 View Post
So that's why I can't find one....
Just bought a B17 Narrow for Christmas. Only 2 rides in so still have a while before being broken in.
Honestly, you donít break in the saddle. It breaks in you.

Look at my pictures above. The brown saddle is 14 years old with 25,000 miles (over 2000 hours) on it while the black saddle is essentially new. The two saddles are essentially the same. The tension bolt is still in the factory setting. When I go for a ride on the black one, I donít expect any different ride. I also have several other Brooks that look factory fresh as well. My nether regions are used to Brooks saddles, not the other way around.

Accepting that the saddle will break you in goes a long way to making the saddle comfortable.
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Old 01-22-21, 12:19 PM
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I have very few miles on my Brooks pro and it developed a ridge. I guess it depends on the saddle and your sitbones. I bought it in the late '70s, so maybe they raised the cow on a Friday.
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On the contrary, every Brooks I've ridden develops two indentations matching my ischial tuberosities (sit bones, if you prefer). Most within 500 miles, it was closer to 1,000 miles on one Team Pro. As far as I can tell, my sit bones weren't broke in during those miles.
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I guess indentations is one way of putting it. That part I like. The feeling that my saddle is giving me a wedgie is the part I don't like.
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Yup, that's a pretty easy fix, just have to replace the frame, and I have replacement frames. Probably from a dead saddle, but possibly a new one. So if the leather is still good, I can replace the frame.
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Amazing amount of miles whether it can be fixed or not. I think it's for a reason because Brooks Pro Alpe d'Huez just sounds cooler!
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Honestly, you donít break in the saddle. It breaks in you.

Look at my pictures above. The brown saddle is 14 years old with 25,000 miles (over 2000 hours) on it while the black saddle is essentially new. The two saddles are essentially the same. The tension bolt is still in the factory setting. When I go for a ride on the black one, I donít expect any different ride. I also have several other Brooks that look factory fresh as well. My nether regions are used to Brooks saddles, not the other way around.

Accepting that the saddle will break you in goes a long way to making the saddle comfortable.
Thanks for the comment. This is actually my 5th Brooks, so I'll just keep going till it fits me or I fit it...😂
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Is there a difference between the Team Pro and the Pro?
Team Pro has the oversize copper rivets, the standard Pro has smaller steel rivets.
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sorry about youre saddel

how long did you ride it cracked ?
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I have seen leather failures but I have not seen the frame fail like that.I would certainly try to get that fixed. I love mine and when I see them reasonably priced I get them even if they are old(preferred).
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how long did you ride it cracked ?
Not sure. I happened to pick up the bike by the back of the saddle and thought that a rivet had come loose but found that the frame had cracked.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
It took 14 years and 25,000 miles but I broke my Brooks saddle. Iím really bummed because Brooks stopped making the Professional. Luckily, I had another...a Brooks Pro Alpe díHuez.
Is that the standard suburban Denver back yard? I swear it's almost the same as my sister's in Aurora, right down to the fence.
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Is that the standard suburban Denver back yard? I swear it's almost the same as my sister's in Aurora, right down to the fence.
Mine isnít all that typical. I suspect that mineís also a whole lot smaller than one in Aurora. You are seeing about all the yard there is. We have a huge garage and about 25 x40 feet of actual yard. We eliminated our grass down to the size that we can mow with a weed eater. We donít use much water.
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Weird! I see "new" Brooks pros all over the place. Didn't know they'd stop. You can get a new frame and re-rivet the leather
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Racing term, means moving al the way to the front of the saddle. Oft seen and heard when a single rider is way out front riding really really hard
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