What my Brooks saddle and the Methodist Church have in common

As I was riding home (slowly) today. I realised that my Brooks Saddle and the Methodist Church have a lot in common.

This thought came while climbing the second big hill of the day when I thinking that my saddle was extremely hard today. So for your edification:

  • People either love or hate both Brooks saddles and the Methodist Church
  • After thousands of miles I am still not quite sure whether I am breaking in my Brooks saddle or it is breaking me in. After years in the Methodist Church it can feel the same.
  • Some consider Brooks saddles old fashioned and heavy just as some think the same of the Methodist Church
  • Yet Brooks saddles are updated and have new features that you may not be aware of, just like the Methodist Church.
  • If you have good experiences then both will serve you well for a lifetime. Otherwise both may be discarded and written off.
  • Both are local and support our local communities and economies

The good news is that a few miles down the road some magic has happened and I have forgotten the earlier discomfort. By the time I get home my bum would be quite happy for a lot longer on the Brooks B17 Select. Fortunately, given the way the retirement age keeps increasing I feel very much the same about serving the Methodist Church 🙂

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  1. I used to cherish my brooks saddle in a similar manner until 2 months ago when it literally let me down. I was 20 miles from my destination and the tension bolt sheared leaving me with my backside impaled on the steel frame. I made it to a local bike shop only to be informed that the bolts were special order and could only be fitted by an authorised repairer, so I had to continue 15 miles with effectively no saddle. It was when I learnt that the so called “Brooks for Life” guarantee is in fact only valid for a very short life of 2 years, that I instantly left the “church” of Brooks. Not only had the tension bolt sheared but the nose plate had cracked, all this after about 3 years regular use and it seems that this type of failure is not uncommon. I hope your mileage varies Dave but beware that this may be the first infant mortality on your bike for life.

    p.s if you do have to consider changing faith, take a look at the “Passport Navigator” its half the weight and a quarter of the price!

    • Chris,
      H’mm, not impressed by the LBS. Anyone can order and fit a new tension bolt (but the cracked nose plate sounds like a bigger problem).
      I have had to change the bolt on my B17 Select (see Wonderful Brooks saddle maintenance) it just got so clogged up with grit during my LEJOG that it would not adjust.
      I confess that it does not look like the bolt will be long enough to provide enough adjustment to cope with lots more years of stretch.
      Anyway the Brooks still has the key advantage of being made in the UK, supporting local jobs.

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