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No I don't drink pure olive oil, but I do enjoy a tub of Duncan Heinz cake frosting each day I ride. Just kidding!
In all honesty, I have the same riding style as you do and have experienced the very same issues. I've resigned myself to simply accepting that if a Snickers (or your favorite candy bar) can't fix it, then nothing can.
The question of stove type is based on the fuel you want to burn and that decision is often based on the type of the cooking you plan to do.
If you are a spendid cook and enjoy a well-kitted out kitchen, you will want the stout burner controller available on cannister stoves.
If all you do is boil water for tea and dried or freeze-dried meals then you can do alcohol or tabs wood or just about anything else.
If you are traveling with companions, you can split the load so weight is not a valid qualifier.
I suggeest you explore alcohol stoves but there is also an interesting variety of battery-powered forced air stoves that will burn wood and other combustibles. Soot on the pans? You're camping!
Acohol stoves are efficient, ultrlight, and ultrasimple. There are many deisgns for do-it-yourselfers or thhere is the venerable Trangia that has been making tea for trekkers for at least a century. The fuel supply is easily predictable for spirit stoves. The fuel is easily and readily available across the States. But alcohol stoves have no finesse. They boil water. You're not making fluffy omelettes or unburned pancakes on a Trangia.
See backpacking online resources for thorough reviews of cooking systems.I just got a copy of the Adveenture Cycline catalog and they've settled on a particualr model. Should be a reliable testimonial.
Last time I checked, Monarch Leather, the leather vendor to SA was charging $100 to cut a Brooks, so buying a Brooks saddle and sending it to Monarch Leather is an expensive way to go.
I did see on the SA site it is around $100. I hate to do that to this Brooks I have been trying. The black B17 Special with the copper rivets really is a thing of beauty but not why I got it. Brooks gets great reviews but I ran into some issues with my, well you know. No matter what way I adjusted it I just can't get it to be comfortable on my soft areas. I only have about 22 bike trainer miles on it but just feel its not for me. Even my Doctor suggested a switch.
Anyway, thanks for the comments and will consider the SAT saddle. I will be calling them with a few questions and I have heard they have great customer service and a 30 day guarantee.