Such was the case, though, with the Selle Anatomica X saddle. This Brooks saddle was very heavy when compared to the new one's. The source of the squeak generally is the stirrup fender, at the point its leather strap slips over the saddle tree. Constant 'oiling' however might require that you replace the saddle, say, after 20 years. 2. Change ). Code HOLIDAY25 Saves you 25% on $150+ Menu 0. When it arrived, I was sceptical because it looked too narrow and sure enough was extremely uncomfortable as the wide part of the saddle was not wide enough to support my sit bones. Unfortunately this did not cure the noise. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Take the saddle off the bike, turn it upside down and soak the underside with WD40. I have used neats foot oil, but only brushed on the top side, not the bottom side, and only a few times. 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. A very durable saddle featuring double coil springs at the back and a front loop spring. Let it soak in overnight. Following suggestions made on online forums, I greased the seatpost clamp, saddle rails and added some lube to the nose bolt and springs. Refusing the give up, after a week, I started looking for other solutions. ( Log Out /  Here is what he suggested to do: “Get some mink oil, slather the saddle inside and out then bake at 150 degrees F for about 15 minutes or until the oil soaks in completely. from Brooks who used to post. 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. Turn your saddle upside down. However, I was apprehensive about taking things apart. But it was also very noisy! I bought a Brooks Flyer saddle a month ago, having convinced myself that it was the best saddle for ‘extended’ riding. … I love Brooks saddles, have 2. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Michael Pearlma Guest. The noise comes from the hide engaging with the metal stud fittings. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. The bike shops got rid of the Brooks saddles. The WD-40 comes with a narrow straw that allows the substance to be sprayed into really small gaps around the springs. Unfortunately this did not cure the noise. 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. A side note to saddle shopping is that I would not buy a saddle without trying on ever again. Once I actually sat on it I was amazed at the comfort level. £7.50 posted to you, which I’ll refund if you find it doesn’t fix your squeak. A big problem was that I couldn’t get the lube and grease into the metal contacts within the springs. but, i had a much beloved saddle that had the same issue. A B17 and a B17 narrow. Put end of saddle post on the floor and weigh on the saddle to try and locate the squeak origin. 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. The recommendation, which came from a friend that has several of the rather expensive Brooks Swift saddles. It’s the new model from the American seat maker with the Italian-sounding name and the distinctive slot in its otherwise very traditional-looking full-leather road saddles. I made the bolt snug and put a drop of Loctite on it to keep it from loosening. 7. Sure enough, after trying this method, the noise was completely gone! 3. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 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. When you put your weight in the stirrup, you apply pressure to this point, hence the squeak. This is a bit of a pain across a lot of Brooks/leather saddles - If you've a punctured tube lying about that you're not fussed with patching, cut it into 2 patches that'll fit on the rails between them and the saddle. Try WD 40 or similar between the metal part of the nose (adjuster area) and the leather of the saddle. We have a great online selection at the lowest prices with Fast & Free shipping on many items! The smoothness of the Brooks leather saddle completely eliminates the squeaks. I lubed the threadbolt and it helped a tiny bit. It seems to be working fine, now. So, while saddl… I recall from a few years ago on the old C+ forum, when Brooks saddles were going through a very popular period on here, there was a guy (Andrew Hunter?) In fairness, this can take awhile. Log in or register to join the conversation. Make regular cleaning, conditioning and oiling a daily part of your routine. This will reduce the friction and eliminate the squeaks. 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. 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. At first the sound of new leather is rather gratifying; eventually, it gets on your nerves. It doesn't wreck the leather: it preserves the leather. Oil the saddle to make sure the leather is soft and supple. For women the saddle specifically made for you is simply a shorter version than the men’s. 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. I saw three in the bike shop and bought the cheapest for [$]. The nuts holding the springs looked easy enough to unwind from the screw. Posted 3 years ago. Now it is coming back. For this long-term review, we put a few thousand miles on the X2 leather skin and then swapped it out for the new heavier duty H2. The end of that bolt is round, and sits in a cup at the very front of the shackle in the nose. Sorry it got heated. I don't know a lot about western saddles but I hear it's somewhat common for them to squeak and putting baby powder underneath the flaps or something helps that out. T Series (up to 120 lbs) X Series (Up to 190 lbs) H Series (Up to 250 lbs) 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. Update: I’ve changed to a waterproof Aardvark cover to keep my Brooks saddle dry. The squeak most likely emanates from the nose of the saddle. I've squirted used neats foot oils on mine, and seems to have worked a treat. Thta sounds a good way to wreck the leather! We anatomically design our American-made carbon and leather bike saddles to relieve perineal discomfort and eliminate excess weight for peak performance. I thank you all for the tips and debate. I ride to work everyday, … ssaddleb.wordpress.com. Turn your saddle upside down atop a soft surface. This saddle started off very comfortable from the very beginning and only get better. Quality Brooks Saddle, well made, and made to last. Is this normal? Brooks B17: For touring and road cycling for Clydesdales The Brooks B17 is a great choice for men shopping around for a saddle for touring. The saddle squeaks loudly whenever I paddle or going over bumps. Some people find Brooks saddles hard and uncomfortable. This saddle is able to handle the extra load and pressure keeping the rider comfy for the whole ride. Set the saddle rails in the bottom clamp’s channels. Saddles. 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. 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. Cons: Leather top needs proper care. The bike seat is designed for men who ride within towns, cities, and paved roads. 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. Saddles usually squeak between the fender and the saddle tree. Soak the underside with WD40? remove saddle from the seatpost. The smoothness of the Brooks leather saddle completely eliminates the squeaks. (1) 1 product ratings - Brooks Cambium C13 Carved Bicycle Saddle - Carbon, Black, 158mm, $220 MSRP 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. Following suggestions made on online forums, I greased the seatpost clamp, saddle rails and added some lube to the nose bolt and springs. I've emailed the shop I bought it in to ask their advice. ( Log Out /  The Brooks Cambium C15 saddle is topped with vulcanized natural rubber and organic cotton Now, however, I’m back on a Brooks but not a Swift. A few months ago, I noticed that the bolt had starting backing off and the saddle was “rocking” left and right. Make sure there's some lube under this bracket where it pivots on the saddle rails. 6 Attachments The saddle was very comfortable and the springs work very well to dampen any road imperfections. I recently had a squeak coming from my saddle. 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. I've a Brooks B17 on my MTB / commuter. A planned arsault on all 100 miles of the S Downs Way this weekend will test it good and proper. Here's what Bill (from wallinford bikes, which sells many brooks with an unconditional 6 month guarantee) told me to do: 1. I reasoned that if I could unscrew the spring assembly at the back of the saddle, I can apply grease to the metal contacts which should cure squeak causing vibrations. I was starting to resign myself to the fact that I just have to get used to squeaky noises if I want to continue using the Brooks Flyer. Take the saddle off the bike. jerrys. The saddle squeaks loudly whenever I paddle or going over bumps. Noticed it has softened, but it's still hard. Instead my weight was supported by the soft tissues between the bones. I have now done about 200km on the Flyer and it was comfortable after the first 100km. I have four B-67 Brooks saddles and the springs all squeek especially when climbing. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. lean saddle vertically against a wall, counter, lazy dog, etc. It is definitely forming to my censored shape - one censored bone is pointier than the other, I've discovered. ( Log Out /  It’s reasonable to do it for water protection but in my case, it wasn’t necessary for saddle break-in. Seldom does a product review come about as a result of a handful of readers writing me, unsolicited, to ask if we were considering reviewing Product X – either raving it about themselves, or curious about it because they’ve heard great things about it from a fellow rider. Point the front of the saddle toward your bike’s handlebars so it’s in line with your bike frame. Aardvark is my new Brooks raincoat. Coat the back side of the saddle with neatsfoot oil, and then use Gliptone Leather conditioner on the top side (same conditioner than Bentley sells for their leather seats). Position the rails so they sit inside of the channels to ensure you can easily move your saddle around later on. Ready to ride for all weathers and roads, the flexibility of a natural rubber top on the simple construction of our cambium saddle has been designed to move with you on the journey. I've done a couple of hundred miles on it mainly on the road and it squeaks every time I go over a bump. ... As mentioned above, can also make strange squeaking noises on bumpy terrain. - R2; Leather. The B190 is the new heavy-duty saddle from Brooks yet it does not neglect the classical look. I bought a Brooks Flyer saddle a month ago, having convinced myself that it was the best saddle for ‘extended’ riding. 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. As with most Brooks Saddles, takes a certain amount of time to “wear in.” While I have not experienced this, some people complain the springs squeak. Solution 1: Baby powder, which reduces friction between your fenders and the tree. ( Log Out /  It's amazing compared to the miserable plastic pivotal seats I'm used to. 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. (in the nose) Wiggle it. I broke it in and it was so comfortable and went back to the shop and bought the other 2 Brooks at bargain prices. Maybe my saddle was made with softer leather. 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. One of my Brooks Pro's was squeaking/creaking there same point every turn of the pedals. 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. Just a thought, but call Brooks and ask them? See the threaded bolt thingy? Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Michael Pearlma, Jun 8, 2003. (The synthetic material of the stock saddle rubbing against the Lycra cycling shorts was the culprit.). here's a possible fix: mark the spot on the rails, with a perm marker, where the saddle lives. 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