On the FAQ section of Brooks website, they state that a new saddle is ready to ride and doesn’t need proofide until six months later. … The saddle squeaks loudly whenever I paddle or going over bumps. I saw three in the bike shop and bought the cheapest for [$]. I've been waxing it and took it off the seatpost to check its not the bolt and it squeaked when I pressed it with the heel of my hand. This Brooks saddle was very heavy when compared to the new one's. Some people find Brooks saddles hard and uncomfortable. Aardvark is my new Brooks raincoat. The recommendation, which came from a friend that has several of the rather expensive Brooks Swift saddles. Any tips for reducing the squeak, please? ( Log Out /  This saddle is able to handle the extra load and pressure keeping the rider comfy for the whole ride. What can you do about a squeaky saddle? A big problem was that I couldn’t get the lube and grease into the metal contacts within the springs. If you spend between five and eight hours on saddles, you may want to consider buying this seat to replace the one that came with your bike. A few months ago, I noticed that the bolt had starting backing off and the saddle was “rocking” left and right. Quality Brooks Saddle, well made, and made to last. The source of the squeak generally is the stirrup fender, at the point its leather strap slips over the saddle tree. Set the saddle rails in the bottom clamp’s channels. I've squirted Cons: Leather top needs proper care. I recently had a squeak coming from my saddle. from Brooks who used to post. The B190 is the new heavy-duty saddle from Brooks yet it does not neglect the classical look. £7.50 posted to you, which I’ll refund if you find it doesn’t fix your squeak. Hi Shredhead - Check under the saddle, the tension bolt goes through a inverted "u" shaped bracket that mounts the tensioner assembly to the saddle rails. The noise comes from the hide engaging with the metal stud fittings. Is this normal? Here's what Bill (from wallinford bikes, which sells many brooks with an unconditional 6 month guarantee) told me to do: 1. So, while saddl… Soak the underside with WD40? Prior to the Brooks saddle, I bought a Charge Spoon saddle online after reading a large number of favourable reviews, with many claiming it was the most comfortable saddle ever. 6 Attachments Get the best deals for brooks saddle b17 at eBay.com. Free Member. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! Thread Status: Not open for further replies. A side note to saddle shopping is that I would not buy a saddle without trying on ever again. The previous saddle worked well except for the squeaky rubbing I experienced when sitting back down after standing up to stretch the legs or to power up a steep hill. This will reduce the friction and eliminate the squeaks. Log in or register to join the conversation. Such was the case, though, with the Selle Anatomica X saddle. The seatpost also have infinitie adjustment for tilt using two bolts, which is a significant improvement over the serrated teeth adjustment of the original Trek seatpost (saddle pointing either too high or too low). Made to the same timeless standards of design that Brooks saddles are renowned for, the remarkable properties of natural rubber are ready to inspire a new generation of intrepid riders. - R2; Leather. Saddles usually squeak between the fender and the saddle tree. This extends your horse's saddle life and makes a very nice cushion for your tush! I did not apply any proofide to the saddle and don’t understand why some people online seem to make it an obsession to do so to ‘hasten’ the saddle break-in. But it was also very noisy! I've emailed the shop I bought it in to ask their advice. Tracing the source of the squeak, I felt some vibrations on the inner rails (not the bottom rails that attach to the seatpost) whenever pressure is apply to the saddle. Take the saddle off the bike, turn it upside down and soak the underside with WD40. I broke it in and it was so comfortable and went back to the shop and bought the other 2 Brooks at bargain prices. Its driving me a bit bonkers - especially as I'm about to do the hard'n'bumpy South Downs Way this w/e. If the tree is broken you will know it's broken! For women the saddle specifically made for you is simply a shorter version than the men’s. At first the sound of new leather is rather gratifying; eventually, it gets on your nerves. I lubed the threadbolt and it helped a tiny bit. Sure enough, after trying this method, the noise was completely gone! The squeak most likely emanates from the nose of the saddle. But looking at the useless saddle, I dawned on me that some people just have narrower sit bones than me and the width probably has nothing to do with weight. Saddles. Brooks saddles springs all squeek. Because the rails on the saddle was quite short, I needed to buy the Velo Orange seatpost which has a large set back of 300mm. Now I can finally enjoy my blissful rides on a really comfortable saddle. Unfortunately I fell off my bike on the S Downs Way and have snapped my tibia good and proper so the saddle won't be getting any more breaking in or oiling for a couple of months. Thta sounds a good way to wreck the leather! That's because they don't get them properly broken in, in many cases. It is definitely forming to my censored shape - one censored bone is pointier than the other, I've discovered. Brooks B17: For touring and road cycling for Clydesdales I have four B-67 Brooks saddles and the springs all squeek especially when climbing. ( Log Out /  Once I actually sat on it I was amazed at the comfort level. The smoothness of the Brooks leather saddle completely eliminates the squeaks. It seems to be working fine, now. I'll trying oiling the thread of the bolt first to tackle the squeak as I'm following the official Brooks line on breaking it in. You don't want it to become sodden with neatsfoot oil, otherwise as soon as you sit on it, the whole thing will just flex and collapse. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Having read comments and reviews online, the consensus is that Brooks provides the comfort on long rides because the leather moulds to your bone structure. To fit you just need to undo the bolt under the nose with a t20 torx wrench, pop the nose of the saddle up, slip the sleeve into place and then refit the nose piece and tighten it down. Following suggestions made on online forums, I greased the seatpost clamp, saddle rails and added some lube to the nose bolt and springs. Change ). Those light colored show saddles are major culprits of saddle squeak, as the lack of natural oil that makes them light also lends to squeaky leather. A big problem was that I couldn’t get the lube and grease into the metal contacts within the springs. T Series (up to 120 lbs) X Series (Up to 190 lbs) H Series (Up to 250 lbs) The saddle squeaks loudly whenever I paddle or going over bumps. Remove saddle still on saddle post. lean saddle vertically against a wall, counter, lazy dog, etc. I found with the original saddle that comes on the Trek 7.4 FX hybrid bike, it was comfortable enough in the first 30 minutes, but started to feel uncomfortable after that. Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Michael Pearlma, Jun 8, 2003. I love Brooks saddles, have 2. See the threaded bolt thingy? Since the cost of sending the seatpost back to the UK from Australia would cost more than the refund, I kept the saddle as a reminder that ‘low price does not always equal low cost’! I have used neats foot oil, but only brushed on the top side, not the bottom side, and only a few times. We anatomically design our American-made carbon and leather bike saddles to relieve perineal discomfort and eliminate excess weight for peak performance. The bike shops got rid of the Brooks saddles. Put end of saddle post on the floor and weigh on the saddle to try and locate the squeak origin. Posted 3 years ago. Wet it out and let the WD 40 (or similar) take the strain. ( Log Out /  Michael Pearlma Guest. It's great, and I'd highly recommend one to anyone who does any serious trekking, and spends a lot of time in the saddle. Let it cool and buff the saddle out, it will be a chalky white. Make regular cleaning, conditioning and oiling a daily part of your routine. 2. Since most saddle squeaks come from the friction of leather rubbing on leather, you're going to pour baby powder into all the leather-on-leather areas underneath your saddle that you can find. I thank you all for the tips and debate. (The synthetic material of the stock saddle rubbing against the Lycra cycling shorts was the culprit.). I have now done about 200km on the Flyer and it was comfortable after the first 100km. After a fruitless search on the internet for people who has done this before, I came upon a post about someone curing the issue by spraying WD-40 into the springs and nose bolt area. here's a possible fix: mark the spot on the rails, with a perm marker, where the saddle lives. The bike seat is designed for men who ride within towns, cities, and paved roads. 3. I’ve never thought much about the whole sit-bone measurement issue because being 5 foot 9 and 70 kg, I’ve never considered myself a big guy. They make the saddle, so will know better than anyone here... Soaking the saddle will pretty much ruin them it'll just go into one soggy mess. Lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items comfy for the tips debate... 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