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Old 01-20-21, 01:42 PM
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Broke my Brooks

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.




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Old 01-20-21, 01:48 PM
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Frame it and hang it on the wall. A long road to get there.
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Timtak could fix it.

Apparently you have not been riding 'on the rivet'.
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Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
Timtak could fix it.

Apparently you have not been riding 'on the rivet'.
Huh? Donít know who or what ďTimtakĒis nor what you mean by ďriding on the rivetĒ.
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Looks like the other side is about to break in the same place.

BTW, sorry to change the topic, but I had to use your "bolt the wench to the BB cup" method this week to get a stubborn RH BB cup out. That is the second time I have used that procedure and no longer use the Sheldon Brown method. Simple and effective.
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Dang. Sorry to hear. I was actually beginning to wonder about what I would do if mine broke. Think it’s a year or two older. But because I rotate bikes/saddles, the mileage is a lot lower. Sweet saddle.
Maybe it can be fixed?
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Huh? Donít know who or what ďTimtakĒis nor what you mean by ďriding on the rivetĒ.

Timtak:
https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycl...ed-repair.html

"on the rivet":
https://www.roadbikereview.com/threa...e-rivet.71085/
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Might be worth getting Brooks or someone to fix it.
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Bit out of left field.
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Originally Posted by bikeaddiction1 View Post
Looks like the other side is about to break in the same place.
Itís definitely broken on both sides.

BTW, sorry to change the topic, but I had to use your "bolt the wench to the BB cup" method this week to get a stubborn RH BB cup out. That is the second time I have used that procedure and no longer use the Sheldon Brown method. Simple and effective.
Glad to help.
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Congratulations!
Usually the comment is either the reverse, 'My Brooks broke/is breaking me', or' I can't break (in) my Brooks'.
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Is that all?? Take it to Midas muffler and weld a scrap of metal to it.
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Replace the frame. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brooks-BYB-...8AAOSwQHVf5FxR

There are also places that repair Brooks saddles. They can do it for you.
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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.
Maybe it's still under warranty????

No, I'm not serious. But I am bummed for you (pun not intended). Having a saddle that works for one's backside is not something to be taken lightly..
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Originally Posted by bikeaddiction1 View Post
Looks like the other side is about to break in the same place.

BTW, sorry to change the topic, but I had to use your "bolt the wench to the BB cup" method this week to get a stubborn RH BB cup out. That is the second time I have used that procedure and no longer use the Sheldon Brown method. Simple and effective.
Did she press charges?
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dont saddles have weight limit like some wheelsets?
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dont saddles have weight limit like some wheelsets?
Perhaps but this is a steel frame saddle. Honestly, itís the first saddle Iíve ever broken and Iíve owned hundreds of different saddles.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Huh? Donít know who or what ... you mean by ďriding on the rivetĒ.
Thatís a cardinal sin, for a Brooks owner.
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Originally Posted by phughes View Post
Replace the frame. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Brooks-BYB-...8AAOSwQHVf5FxR

There are also places that repair Brooks saddles. They can do it for you.
This. ^^^^ It really is an easy fix.
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I’ve actually broken a whole bunch of saddles. I think the vast majority were on bmx and mountain bikes. Maybe one or two on my old volume cutter back when I was enthusiastic about trick bikes and doing tons of stupid stuff on it.
That one’s a keeper, tho. I’d definitely look into getting it fixed.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Thatís a cardinal sin, for a Brooks owner.
Donít know why. Iíd never ride on the nose of any saddle. Hurts too much.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Donít know why. Iíd never ride on the nose of any saddle. Hurts too much.
It's a very common expression that came from the days when people raced on leather saddles with rivets, e.g. Brooks.
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Cyccommute, look for rmayr here on BF. Heís an awfully good Brooks repairman.
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Cyccommute, look for rmayr here on BF. Heís an awfully good Brooks repairman.
AFAIK, Rudi only deals with the leather, not the frame. But, you could remove the leather from the frame, weld the cracks in the frame, and then have Rudi re-attach it (assuming it isn't damaged) or replace it with new leather. I had him replace the leather on a Brooks Professional last fall after it tore and am quite satisfied with the results.
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I thought he said he would replace a frame if he or I had a spare he could use.

How resilient is that saddle compared to a good original Brooks Pro?
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