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    Brooks B17 question

    Hi guys, just bought a Surly Disc trucker, really REALLY love the build quality even though its made in Taiwan, no longer the kiss of death. I bought it for touring and next year to ride the Cure for Cancer ride here in Canada. I think its comfy enough and the ergonomics are amazing. I bought it with a Brooks B17 saddle, had one back in the '60's when I first threw my leg over a bike. I'm wondering if there is a way[as well as riding my ass off] to "age" it a little quicker? My 60 something butt is a bit sore. I thought a GENTLE GENTLE massage with a mallet or something like that? Looking forward to picking your brains as I prepare my ride and body lol!!!

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    Re: Brooks B17 question

    Think you can use mink oil or baseball glove conditioner
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    Brooks B17 question

    Just ride it. Fiddle with the nose angle a bit. Most people find them more comfortable with the nose tilted very slightly up.

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    Goingheavy on the proofride at first is usually enough. I had a B66 that never did break in though - sometimes you get a stubborn piece of hide.

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    Brooks proofide helps a lot. The first 200 miles are tough but just use the proofide after each ride and it will turn into that leather easy chair that you remember.
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    I second (third?) the proofhiding. Or similar leather conditioner, like saddle soap. You could go to one of the extreme measures you'll find on the internet (soaking in neat's foot oil, baseball glove oil, etc), but you run the risk of turning your saddle into an oily mess and maybe going overboard and stretching out the saddle too much. Better to break it in the old fashioned way.
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    Yup, you guys have sage advice, its time and proofhide lol!!!! Thanks guys.

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