I know, I know, it's not strictly ebike
related, but a comfortable seat is something we all need
I was musing earlier about replacing the cheap seat on my Walmart ebike with something more comfortable, and I thought I would use the Brooks B66.
Now, why on earth would I even think about replacing a modern foamy seat for an old-fashioned leather one?
-Longer lasting (And therefore, an investment)
-Reputation for quality
-Rumors that it was more comfortable
I ordered it online, and got a small tin of "Proofide" (Brooks' official saddle treatment) from a local shop (Cheaper than amazon.com!). I followed the instructions, and applied it underneath the saddle, and a little on top. Then, I waited a day to let the Proofide do its magic.
It took only a moderately short amount of time to install and adjust. One must arrange the seat so that the weight is on the back of the seat, and your rump. I know that's a no-brainer, but it is hard to get that "sweet spot" first time. I then rode it to university and here are my impressions of a saddle that hasn't been "broken in"
-Not as uncomfortable as expected (It feels like wood when you first get it out of the box).The science of ergonomics seems to have been quite advanced by 1927
-That being said, I am a pretty skinny guy, and more ample members of this forum will find this seat even more comfortable from the gitgo.
-The springs in the rear of the saddle absorbed the bumps in my ride very well. I definitely noticed the difference.
-I chose the B66 since it was recommended for those who ride in an upright position, which is my preferred mode of cycling. You can look down your nose at fit young people cycling up a hill as you whizz by
I didn't buy a Brooks because it was chic, but rather because I wanted something that would outlast my bicycle and was a tried and true design. I'll report more as the seat gets more broken in.
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