Greetings, my friends.
As the subject of this thread suggests, I'm looking for some help getting my new Brooks England saddle adjusted on my bike. Before I get to my specific questions, though, allow me to say a few things upfront:
1) I realize that what makes a "good" saddle is a highly personal choice dictated by each person's body shape and use of their bike. What works for some won't work for others.
2) I understand that Brooks all-leather saddles are nearly infamous for their break-in period, and it can take a long time for it (or any new saddle, really) to become comfortable.
3) Lastly, and most importantly, I know that the comfort and efficiency of any saddle will be greatly dependent on the positioning (height, tilt, etc.) of the saddle on the bike.
With this in mind, I am asking for help with the last point. I can handle sitting on a stiff saddle for a few months to break it in, and I'm OK with eventually deciding that a Brooks saddle isn't for me if that's what it comes to. However, I want to give my new saddle a chance and make sure any discomfort I feel can't be fixed by adjusting the fitting of my bike! So, let's get to the details...
I just got a black leather Brooks England Flyer Saddle
for my Surly LHT (50 cm frame).
I mounted it on my bike and gave it its first Proofhide treatment following the directions in the Brooks Maintenance Kit
and other (Brooks-approved) tips found online. I let it sit overnight, then attempted to adjust the saddle positioning to fit me.
It seems like no matter what I tried, I kept having the following problems:
- I kept slipping forward into the nose of the saddle. Feels like there's virtually no friction/grip between me and the leather.
- There's WAY too much weight on my hands as a result of me trying to keep myself from slipping forward. Feels like my entire upper body is supported by my arms.
- Instead of feeling my weight resting on the back of the saddle and pressure on my sit bones (which I'd be OK with during the "break-in" period), I feel most of the pressure right under my groin, especially when I slide forward onto the nose.
Basically, I'm looking for advice in how to adjust the saddle to alleviate these problems, as I'm sure this can't be part of break-in period. Please help me figure out how to get the weight off my hands and on my butt so I can start putting in some miles with this saddle!